Williams College

Williamstown, MA

Get to know Williams College

School Profile

College Town campus setting

2,170 undergraduate students

548 first-year students

15% first-generation students

86% of students are from outside of Massachusetts

Students hail from 49 U.S. states and 93 countries


91% in Top 10% of HS class

SAT EBRW Middle 50%: 730-760

SAT M Middle 50%: 770-790

ACT Middle 50%: 33-35


65 areas of study

65+ Oxford-style tutorials offered each year

Student-to-faculty ratio 7:1

Introduction to Williams College

Students come to Williams from around the world for reasons as different and varied as their backgrounds, but they start with a few things in common. They want to study with some of the world’s leading professors who are as eager to teach and mentor as they are to conduct research or create. They’re after the eclectic campus life and beautiful, natural surroundings of western Massachusetts. Remarkable freedom and resources are at their disposal so they may explore widely and deeply and grow as an individual and as a citizen of a global society. The Williams Tutorial, modeled after the Oxford Tutorial system, pairs two students with a faculty member in deep inquiry of a single topic over an entire semester. Many students further engage with Williams faculty over the summer, when they work on campus as fully paid research fellows in the humanities, natural and mathematical sciences, and social sciences. Over 40% of Williams students conduct research with their professors and the college provides substantial research funding for students historically underrepresented in higher education.

At Williams, all first-years live together in a thoughtfully constructed microcosm of the Williams community known as an Entry. The vast majority of students are involved in at least one extracurricular activity, either by participating in service, playing for one of Williams’ Division III athletic teams, or showcasing their creative energy through music, dance, or theater groups. 

All of this is done in a setting that's collaborative instead of cutthroat, nurturing the pursuit of excellence in an atmosphere of generosity.

The Williams Office of Fellowships advises and prepares students to compete for national fellowships and awards like Fulbright, Rhodes, and Watson fellowships. Employers in finance, consulting, the arts, technology, and others value the critical thinking and problem solving abilities cultivated in the Williams academic environment. The '68 Center for Career Exploration regularly places students in internships and full-time jobs via on-campus recruiting, Williams-specific job listings and networking events. Williams offers pre-professional advising for students interested in pursuing the health professions, law, and business.

Fun Fact: The unofficial and beloved mascot is a purple cow named Ephelia.

In 2022, Williams launched the nation’s first all-grant financial aid program: NO loans, work study, or summer earnings contribution. And they meet 100% of demonstrated need of every admitted student. They still go further, covering the cost of travel, study away, and personal expenses.

Students interested in engineering are eligible to participate in a 3-2 program with Columbia University or Dartmouth College, which results in a bachelor's of arts (BA) from Williams and a bachelor of science (BS) in engineering from Columbia University or Dartmouth College after five years of study.

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