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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    A
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    A
  10. Campus Food
    B-
  11. Student Life
    A-
  12. Safety
    B-
880 Main St
Williamstown, MA 01267
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
New England Small College Athletic Conference
From Williams College

Williams is a life-shaping journey that will inspire and guide you to think, create and act with purpose. Our location in the stunning Berkshires of western Massachusetts is a place where you can find both focus and connection. It’s a community where you'll surround yourself with over two thousand passionate and intelligent peers, learning with others who are dedicated to becoming deeper thinkers and more effective leaders.

A beacon for intellectual explorers, Williams will help you climb higher and farther than you imagined possible.

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Williams College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
January 8
Acceptance Rate
13%
SAT Range
1410-1550
ACT Range
32-35
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Considered but not required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$17,303/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$55,897/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
63%

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
6:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
100%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.22 responses
86%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.28 responses
36%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.28 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,042Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
53
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
20%
Varsity Athletes
37%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 15 responses
  • Curious, well-rounded
    53%
  • Hard-working
    27%
  • Athletic
    7%
  • Passionate
    7%
  • Stressed
    7%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.19 responses
Poll
58%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.31 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 17 responses
  • Engaging
    41%
  • Supportive
    24%
  • Awesome
    18%
  • Competitive
    6%
  • Fast-paced
    6%
  • Home away from home
    6%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $59,000/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    95%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    90%
    National
    83%
    77%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.13 responses

    Williams College Reviews

    295 reviews
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    TL;DR: Williams is one of the best schools out there, especially for economically underprivileged and/or international students. Apply even if you think you won’t get in!

    Financials: I am a recent alumnus from a foreign country who had to pay less than 3K per year(!) towards my education at Williams; the rest was covered by non-repayable Williams grants. The College also pays for your medical insurance, ALL book expenditures, yearly round-trip to your home country (with all expenses). Other one-off expenses they covered: getting a visa, passport renewal, dental expenditures (over $10K). For someone who comes from a poor family whose total earnings are less than $30K/year, all this was an enormous benefit!

    Academics: Williams is very strong because its professors take time to teach you the material. 1-1 teaching sessions, research work with professors is easily attainable because professors care about their students.

    Exit opportunities: plentiful, prosperous, and very accessible!
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    As an incredible liberal arts college, Williams has a lot of things going for it. The academics is really top notch, especially because the school has an especial focus on the undergraduate experience that many larger research universities do not have. Many of the more discussion based class sizes are incredibly small and there's a lot of interaction possible with the professors, who are all very friendly and accommodating. Many of the more interesting classes are open to first years and there's a ton of opportunities to branch out and learn about unusual topics like the Video Essay, the fusion of video editing and film analysis.
    Professors tried really hard to deliver the material in an interesting way. For some classes -- such as languages & arts, humanities, and social sciences -- this did not work great, but STEM & Natural Sciences classes worked perhaps even better this way. The College instituted mandatory pass-fail, which greatly reduced student participation and efforts inputted. The College offered to give laptops & paid internet access (satellite) to any student that required this. Moreover, their financial support during this time was unparalleled -- they gave me about $5K with all refunds (note: I'm on 99% finaid so I didn't actually pay even a fifth of this) which has been very helpful during the school year and now in the summer.