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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    B+
  5. Athletics
    A-
  6. Party Scene
    C+
  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

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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.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $2,780/ year
  • $30-48k
    $3,798/ year
  • $49-75k
    $8,188/ year
  • $76-110k
    $15,615/ year
  • $110k+
    $44,676/ year
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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
88%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.25 responses
36%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.25 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,047Undergrads
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 12 responses
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  • Curious, well-rounded
    58%
  • Hard-working
    25%
  • Athletic
    8%
  • Passionate
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.16 responses
Poll
57%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.28 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 14 responses
Report
  • Engaging
    43%
  • Supportive
    29%
  • Awesome
    21%
  • Competitive
    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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Overall, I had a great experience at Williams. I felt that I was able to approach my professors and get the help that I needed if I needed it. Both of those factors made the academic experience less daunting. Socially, I was able to create my own niche by having multiple on-campus jobs and joining different clubs. It exposed me to a group of people that I felt comfortable being around.

Other than that, I wish Williams could change its policies toward what is tolerated within the campus community. It seems that certain issues are addressed in a way that makes the issue look resolved at surface level, but the problem still persists in different forms.
In addition to the stellar academics, supportive faculty and staff, and countless extracurricular opportunities, the people you will meet at Williams make the college truly special. Everyone is there to learn and to grow, and within months you will find people you can call your family. Though the courses are challenging, every professor pushes you to be your absolute best, and to stay true to your own talents and interests, in and outside of the classroom.