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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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-
Williams is a highly rated private college located in Williamstown, Massachusetts. It is a small institution with an enrollment of 2,047 undergraduate students. Admissions is extremely competitive as the Williams acceptance rate is 15%. Popular majors include Economics, Mathematics, and English. Graduating 94% of students, Williams alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $42,600.
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
New England Small College Athletic Conference
Address
880 Main St
Williamstown, MA 01267
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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

Acceptance Rate
15%
Application Deadline
January 1
SAT Range
1400-1570
ACT Range
31-35
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Considered but not required
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$20,380/ 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
$48,050/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
62%

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
85%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.26 responses
35%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.26 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,047Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
33
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
21%
Varsity Athletes
36%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 13 responses
Report
  • Curious, well-rounded
    54%
  • Hard-working
    23%
  • Athletic
    8%
  • Passionate
    8%
  • Stressed
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.17 responses
Poll
55%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.29 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 15 responses
Report
  • Engaging
    40%
  • Supportive
    27%
  • Awesome
    20%
  • Competitive
    7%
  • Fast-paced
    7%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$59,000/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
94%
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
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Williams College Reviews

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Williams is an excellent school- you just have to know what you're getting into and what's great about it.
Exceptional attention from world renowned faculty (6:1 student faculty really shows-- I have a lab with 3 other students and a professor). Also faculty go out of their way to make themselves available to students outside of classes.
The other big advantage of Williams is the alumni relations. Williams beats out Harvard/Yale/etc in how committed alumni are to helping students out.
Williams has a strong athletic community and a strong artsy community. Almost everyone engages in outdoor activities in one form or another (varsity sports, hiking in the Berkshires, skiing, tennis...). Small school, so you know the names of almost everyone on campus, and enriches the experience.
Williams is definitely a different type of academic experience, and it's def not a huge party school.
The school is incredibly supportive and will support you in any interests.
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I love Williams. I understand that's very much a topic of debate on this campus, but I love this campus for what its given to me. I've made incredible friends, met brilliant professors, and so much more. When it comes to political tensions, at the end of the day, this campus is no different from any other liberal arts college, and if anything, I truly appreciate that administration tries to work with the students to resolve problems, even if the resolutions themselves fall short. I think by the time I graduate, I will have grown more as a student and as a person, which is more than what I can say if I went anywhere else.
Our son chose Williams as his first choice knowing how difficult it is to get in and how well known it is for its challenging curriculum. He has thrived on all fronts and met the challenges of the difficult curriculum and feels that he has ultimately made the right choice. His professors are engaging and available for discussion. He thrives on the knowledge that his peers are all working as hard as he is. The library is home to him many evenings and he says that he stayed to closing many nights. In spite of the rigor, he has found many friends and has time for the social aspect of college. He also says that thye food is great. We couldn't be happier that he chose Williams. He had other choices, but Williams just felt right.