Williams College


Highest Degree Offered: Masters

College Type: Private

Campus Type:

Academic Calendar: Four-one-four

State: Massachusetts


Williams College typically vies with Amherst for the top spot on national rankings of the best liberal arts colleges. The college is located in Williamstown, a small town in the northeast corner of Massachusetts. One of Williams' unique features is its tutorial program in which students meet with faculty in pairs to present and critique each other's work. With a 7 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an endowment well over $1 billion, Williams offers exceptional educational opportunities for its students. The college has a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honors society. On the athletic front, the Williams Ephs compete in the NCAA Division III New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).

Most Popular Majors

Art, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, History, Math, Political Science, Psychology

Student/Faculty Numbers

Total Students: 2072
Total Grad Students: 43
Undergraduate Students: 2029
Faculty: 270

Total Student/Faculty Ratio: 8:1
Undergraduate Student/Faculty Ratio: 8:1

Percent Male: 49%
Percent Female: 51%

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Alumni Giving Rate: %

Graduation and Retention Information

Four-Year Graduation Rate: 93%

Six-Year Graduation Rate: 96%

Transfer-Out Rate

Graduation and Retention Data From: Spring 2010

Contact Information

880 Main St
Williamstown Massachusetts 1267

Website: http://www.williams.edu

Main Email:

Main Phone: 413-597-3131

Additional Campuses:

Admissions Contact:
Dick Nesbitt
Director, Admissions

Transfer Services Contact:

International Admissions Contact:

Athletics Contact:

Applying to Transfer

Transfer Agreements:

Common App Used?

High School Transcript Required?

Minimum GPA for Applying:
In reviewing transfer applications, the Committee on Admission considers carefully the applicant's academic record in college work (a 3.5 average within a strong program is usually expected of successful transfer applicants).

Minimum Grades for Transfer:
Grades of D+ or lower will not provide transfer credit.

Credits (Min/Max):
Up to two years of Williams credit may be awarded, upon entrance, for quality work completed at an accredited college or university.

Test Scores for Applying:
In addition to materials and records from an applicant's current college and the required recommendations, we require an official copy of SAT scores.

Letters of Recommendation Required:
Two of your college teachers (one preferably in the area of your intended academic concentration) should complete the Instructor Evaluation forms. A College Official's Report is also required.

Essay(s) required:
Your personal statement should include your rationale for leaving your present college as well as your specific reasons for wishing to attend Williams.

Application Fee:
A nonrefundable application fee of $65 must accompany your application.

Other Requirements:

Fall Deadline:
April 1

Spring Deadline:

Summer Deadline:

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Standardized Testing

ACT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Composite 29 34
SAT 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
Critical Reading 660 770
Math 650 760

Standardized Testing Notes:

Transfer Statistics

Transfers Applied: 160

Transfers Accepted: 12

Transfer Percentage Accepted: 8%

Freshmen Percentage Accepted: 19%

Difference Between Transfer and Freshmen Acceptance Rates: -12%

Admissions Data From: Fall 2010


Books: 800

Other Expenses: 1781

Room and Board: 10906

Tuition and Fees: 41434

Total Cost: 54921

Note on Costs:

Costs Data From: 2011-12

Financial Aid

General Financial Aid Information:
Nearly three-quarters of Williams students receive some sort of financial aid, and the average aid package is more than $40,000 a year.

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Average Amount of Aid – Grants:

Average Amount of Aid – Loans: 4460

Percent of New Students Receiving Aid: 64%

Percent of New Students Receiving Grants: 52%

Percent of New Students Receiving Loans: 15%

Financial Aid Data From: Fall 2010

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