Williams CollegeWilliams College is one of the oldest colleges in the country. It has also been listed at the very top of the best liberal arts schools in the nation. Founded in 1793, the private school just started admitting women in the 1970s. The school’s 450-acre campus is located in Williamstown, Massachusetts near the Berkshire Mountains. The rural setting allows for the small undergraduate population of just under 2,100 students to become bonded during their four years. Williams College is responsible for many firsts in college traditions: they were the first to create a society for alumni and the first to wear caps and gowns at graduation.

Williams CollegeThe academic programs at Williams are divided into three sections: humanities, sciences and social sciences. There are more than 30 majors, and students can choose to participate in 12 other academic areas that are not offered as majors. The most popular majors include: economics; history; English language and literature; psychology; and political science and government. The courses are laid out into two semesters, separated by a winter term in January. During this month, students can choose to take a course for pass or fail status. Some of the past subjects have included Learn to Play Chess, Inside Jury Deliberations and Shaping Your Life After Williams. Others decide to use the winter term to study abroad or participate in research projects. Class sizes have remained very small at Williams; 76 percent of classes have fewer than 20 students. In fact, the student to faculty ratio is 6.5 to one.

Williams College campusThere are many student organizations on the Williams College campus. Although fraternities were banned in the 1960s, many students are still able to connect through the various groups available on campus. The Williams Record is the longest-running student newspaper on campus and was founded in 1887. Students can also participate in multiple kinds of music ensembles, choirs and more than eight a cappella groups. Williams College also has a prominent athletic department. Their teams compete in the NCAA’s Division III levels and the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). There are also more than 14 intramural sports teams; more than half of the students at Williams participate in one of these leagues.

There are more than 30,000 living Williams alumni who can aid students after they finish their undergraduate experience. This dedicated group of people helps place students in internships and jobs; the connection is a valuable one. There are many reasons Williams is one of the top liberal arts schools in the country. Students interested in demanding academics combined with fun extracurricular activities should look into Williams College’s impressive reputation.


Acceptance Rate

Williams acceptance rate

Class Standing

Williams top 10% in high school

SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Williams College SAT score range

ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

Williams College ACT test score

Application Deadlines

Early decision: Nov. 15 (Online notification is Dec. 15.)

Regular decision: Jan. 1 (Online notification is Apr. 1.)

Transfer decision: Apr. 1 (Online notification is May 15.)

Admissions Information

Freshmen Admissions
Number of 2018 (Class of 2022) applicants: 9,559
Enrolled: 548
Yield: 43.7%
Acceptance rate: 12.2%

Early Decision Admissions
Number of ED applicants: 728
Admitted: 257
ED acceptance rate: 35.3%

Waitlist Admission Statistics
Number of waitlisted applicants: 673
Waitlist acceptance rate: 0.0%

Don’t despair waitlisted applicants! The previous year, Williams admitted 5.8% of the applicants off its waitlist. (Not a great percentage, but obviously higher than zero!)

Transfer Admissions
Number of transfer applicants: 275
Admitted transfer applicants: 13
Transfer acceptance rate: 4.7%

Average GPA: N/A
Top 10% of High School: 99%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 710-780
SAT Math: 690-790

Median SAT
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 750
SAT Math: 750

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 31-35

Median ACT
ACT Composite: 33

Standardized Test Requirements

Williams College requires the SAT/ACT SAT/ACT required

Williams does not require the writing portion Writing portion not required

Williams require the SAT subject tests for applicants who took the SAT1 SAT Subject Tests required for applicants who take the SAT

Score Card

Graduation Rates

Williams College graduation rate

Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

Williams score card

Salary After Attending

R&D Expenditures

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 86%
5 years: 92%
6 years: 94%

Loan default rate: 1.2%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 35

Salary after attending: $59,000

R&D Expenditures: $5.23 million

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 16
Robberies: 0
Aggravated assaults: 3
Burglaries: 24
Car thefts: 0

Financial Aid

Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

Williams College financial aid

Average Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Additional Information

Tuition, room and board (2018-2019): $69,640

Total estimated cost of attendance (2018-2019): $72,940

Net Cost
Average: $20,380

By Income
$0 to $30,000: $2,780
$30,001 to $48,000: $3,798
$48,001 to $75,000: $8,188
$75,001 to $110,000: $15,615
$110,001 and more: $44,676

Graduates with student debt: 35%

Average student debt at graduation: $16,230

Fifty percent of the Class of 2022 received financial aid. The average award was $60,055.

Student Body

Student Residence

Undergraduate Class Sizes

Williams undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

Williams College student to faculty ratio

Student Population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 6.5 to 1
Women: 49%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 76%
20 to 39: 18%
40 to 99: 6%
100+: 0%

Student Population
Total: 2,117
Undergraduate: 2,061

Student Residence
In State: 12%
Out of State: 79%
International: 9%

Williams College student population

Williams College seal

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This page was last updated in November 2018.