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Founded in 1793, Williams College. is a Private college. Located in Massachusetts, which is a city setting in Massachusetts, the campus itself is Town. The campus is home to 2,093 full time undergraduate students, and 57 full time graduate students.
The Williams College Academic calendar runs on a Four-one-four plan basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 6:1. There are 299 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Williams College include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at are considered Most Selective, with ,23% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 8 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
100% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 97% were in the top quarter, and 92% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Williams College.
44 Students rated on-campus housing 4.3 stars. 45 % gave the school a 5.0.
25 Students rated off-campus housing 2.9 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
45 Students rated campus food 4.1 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.
45 Students rated campus facilities 4.5 stars. 60 % gave the school a 5.0.
45 Students rated class size 4.8 stars. 82 % gave the school a 5.0.
43 Students rated school activities 4.4 stars. 53 % gave the school a 5.0.
44 Students rated local services 3.3 stars. 11 % gave the school a 5.0.
45 Students rated academics 4.5 stars. 64 % gave the school a 5.0.
7 Students rated Williams College
I love Williams. People are friendly (to the point that they put down their phone and take out the AirPods if someone is approaching), they are smart, they are inclusive. My sister goes to a much, much larger university and has found few activities in which to participate. My problem is that there are so many activities, I just don't have time to participate in them all. My professors all know me by first name and care about my success. It is a supportive, collaborative environment. The academics are tough and the work load is quite heavy, but worth it if you're planning on pursuing grade school.
Never underestimate the power of a liberal arts education. The 7:1 student to professor ratio is great to engage the material being taught. Also, the high-quality professors here make this a unique educational experience I cannot imagine receiving anywhere else. On top of that, the social scene is great. It's small enough to feel like a small community yet it still retains the ability for students to explore new friend groups.
A very challenging academic schedule with all the support available for help. Athletics are very popular and many, many other club opportunities. So much to do, no time to sleep. Class size is ideal for those who want one on one with professors. It is a pleasure to be around students and professors that love to learn and teach.
Williams College is a rigorous and challenging school, but it is doable. It the type of school that will teach you the meaning of being an independent and unique individual. You will meet others who have come from different or similar educational backgrounds as you, but will come to find that intellect is not something that will make you distinct amongst your peers. It may make you distinct in the classes, given how challenging they tend to be, and how small they are, as Williams wants to make each experience unique for each of it's students, but you quickly learn that isn't everything. Williams will make you confront yourself and make you really think and wonder what about yourself is so unique. What makes you, you. How well do you know yourself? You will be asking yourself these questions as you learn more about yourself and find who you are as a person. Williams is a challenging school but it is a school that will make you question and confront on who you are.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Williams College is 17%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
Williams is located in a small, rural town in Western Massachusetts nestled in "purple mountains." The location gets a lot of bright students. The best thing about Williams its its individualized experience. The school is so small (about 2,000 students) that its hard for anyone who may be struggling to get left behind. The administration is extremely supportive and often responsive to the needs of both individuals and student groups. The negative for some students is that a small school like Williams isn't as familiar to the average American. And, of course, during the most stressful times of the year, the campus can seem too small! One can easily become ignorant to the current events in the rest of the world if he or she chooses. It's common for a student to feel a love/hate relationship with the small town, but love always comes out on top. The scenery, of course, is breathtaking during the fall and spring.
Athletic, wealthy, New England / New York / California, strong personalities, intelligent
Well, to get into a top school, EVERYONE is smart, just that one's perspective is skewed when everyone else is so amazing. Just believe in yourself and go hang out, and with that, you'll get to know more people and see if they're just cordial or not.
Clearly, not all people can be varsity sports players.
Unless you are taking a large lecture class, the classes at Williams are generally not larger than 30 students (this would be too large for a class in my major's department of English). We are very fortunate in this respect. It is difficult for a student to be "invisible" in a class, and professors also expect a lot of participation in and preparation for seminars. Students are generally not outwardly competitive with one another.
ambivalent to politics/social issues
Students use their extracurricular groups and their close friends for the majority of the fun on weekends. A club or a group of friends (the two often overlap!) find activities to do with one another: The nightlife at Williams is very quiet. There are a few bars in town, and there is usually one party per weekend (on average--there may be more depending on the point in the semester), but it is difficult to tell when any of these endeavors will be well-attended. Students usually hang out with their dorm mates, watch movies or attend the late night dining hall. Again, without friends your weekends will be lonely, but with them, you'll have a great time.
What sets Williams apart in my mind is the balance that most students have between athletics and academics. The overwhelming majority of students on campus participate in a sport, either varsity or club. Due to the fact that the school is academically rigorous, these students need to learn how to balance their academics with their athletics. This is a desirable college situation because life is all about balance, and learning how to balance two major aspects of life in college will be beneficial in "the real world" once outside of the comfortable college bubble.
Talk to multiple students/alumni of said school. A diversity of opinion is best. Student should try and have some idea of what he or she is really looking for.
Ironically (considering my most frustrating thing that I listed), I would say the intellectual atmosphere. That's not to say there aren't some frustrating and non-progressive-thinking people here. But, since my school is a liberal arts college, the arts and abstract thought, concepts that are important to your daily life as a human being of intellect and character, are focused on. At the same time, being a liberal arts college doesn't mean the exclusion of the sciences and mathematics either. Many of the professors are fantastic. Lastly, the discussion is always progressive and forward looking.
Williams College is accepting and nurturing of all types of individuals. However, I would say that those who are not willing to jump headfirst into their education and take advantage of all the opportunities available, both in and out of the classroom, will not reap the benefits of a Williams experience.
The college itself is academically rigorous, respected, and very solid preparation for future careers either in academia or in "the real world"--but the great people who attend and brilliant people who teach at Williams also prioritize having a well-balanced life that includes both work and play; the result is a campus atmosphere that is passionate, intense, and highly intellectual.
The worst thing is probably the ignorance of a large part of the campus about diversity issues. Most of the students are fairly well-to-do, if not rich, and they have trouble understanding backgrounds that are different from theirs.
I wish I had a better understanding for how academically rigorous the school was. The professors are excellent, but really demand a lot from the students.
Can't think of anything frustrating.
One of the biggest pulls for me was the entry system. I didn't fully understand it, but it sounded too good to be true at the time. It started to make sense as the year progressed (see my other posts for more on the entry system and JAs...as an incoming JA, I'm kind of obsessed with it).
I took the campus tour on a beautiful day and the experience was just amazing. Everyone I interacted with was friendly and seemed to love being at Williams. Everything about the place just seemed to click for me.
I also didn't have much of a clue as to what I wanted to do with my life, or even what I wanted to major it, so Liberal Arts was the way to go for me. The core curriculum seemed really flexible which helped in that respect, too.
Some people think that most students who decide to go to Williams are Ivy League rejects, but actually somewhere around 40% of every freshman class is accepted Early Decision. I did not apply Early Decision and didn't get in to the one Ivy League school I applied to, but I honestly would have chosen Williams either way.
Lots of people think of Williams as a bizarre mixture of nerds and jocks. I'd say that most Ephs really like to get outdoors, but they also know the value of working hard.
Athlete. Smart. Driven. Enjoys small rural campus and community.
Dorms are ... college. Like any other place, they are relatively small. Some are bigger than others, but the standard dorm room is rather petite. It provides incentive for students to study in the library or do things outside of their rooms.
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
60% of students
attending Williams College receive some sort of financial aid.
22% were awarded federal grants.
While 21% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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