What are the academics like at your school?
Professors are very friendly and make an effort to know your name. If you seek them out, they are almost always eager to help you and get to know you. Certain departments could be stronger, but overall the academic quality is excellence. One of the eight classes I took during this last year really disappointed me, but two of them really opened my eyes and made me think in new ways. Not a bad trade off. The other five classes I found useful and enjoyable. Williams' academic requirements are easy to fulfill and not burdensome. They make sure that you get a rounded education, but don't force you to take specific classes. Depending on the class, student participation can be very free or somewhat forced. Professor do seem to try hard to get discussions going, though, and they're usually successful. I've been in a class where fifteen to twenty of the thirty students had their hands raised at the same time, including me. Questions and comments are encouraged in almost all classes, even large lectures (not that lectures get very large at Williams).