Williams College


As one of the trailblazing schools that launched American higher education, Williams has path-breaking originality in its DNA. Williams believes in undergraduates. Remarkable freedom and resources are at your disposal so that you may explore widely and deeply and grow as an individual and as a citizen of a global society. With a committed and accomplished faculty, a 7:1 student to faculty ratio, 63 areas of study across the humanities, natural sciences, and social sciences, a breathtaking campus and one of the most generous financial aid programs imaginable, Williams is regarded as one of the finest liberal arts colleges in the country.

Programs Supporting First-Generation College Students

Open House, Fly-in, Visit Windows on Williams (WOW)

Each fall, Windows on Williams (WOW) offers approximately 200 high school seniors the opportunity to spend three all expenses-paid days at Williams. WOW participants stay in dorms with current students, attend classes, meet with professors, and learn about Williams’ admission process and extraordinary financial aid program. WOW is a selective program open to high school seniors in the U.S. and Puerto Rico; preference is given to high achieving students who couldn’t otherwise afford to visit Williams. In April, approximately 150 admitted students from low income backgrounds have the opportunity to visit campus for three all-expenses-paid days during Williams Previews. Questions? Please contact wow@williams.edu. Learn more about Windows on Williams (WOW)

Summer Bridge & Orientation Summer Humanities and Social Sciences and Summer Science Program

Summer Humanities and Social Sciences (SHSS) and the Summer Science Program (SSP) are two programs for incoming first-years who are passionate about their studies, interested in spending five weeks of the summer on campus doing academic work, and who are first-generation college students and/or come from groups historically underrepresented in higher education. Both programs include four classes taught by Williams professors and sessions on study skills, time management, and the many resources available to Williams students, as well as field trips, cultural activities, and some time for fun. The goal of these programs is to offer students a preview of the Williams experience and to inspire students to consider leadership roles, research, or careers in these fields. Learn more about Summer Humanities and Social Sciences and Summer Science Program

First-Year Experience & Transition Ephventures

Williams offers incoming first-year students the opportunity to choose from among six five-day orientation programs. Each program is designed to enhance the orientation experience, provide opportunities to build lasting friendships, and develop an appreciation for the campus and community. For details please visit new-ephs.williams.edu/ephventures/. Learn more about Ephventures

Student Life & Support First-Generation Initiatives

Under the direction of the Dean of First-Generation Initiatives, Williams provides a series of programs that engage first-generation college students by connecting them with the resources and support needed in order to have a successful transition into the college environment. Events and programs occur throughout the year in collaboration with other offices and departments at the college. To learn more about Williams First-Generation Initiatives visit dean.williams.edu/first-generation-students/. Learn more about First-Generation Initiatives

Student Diversity

  • 2,191
  • 50/50
  • 15%
    First-generation college students
  • 1%
    American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 15%
  • 11%
    Black or African American
  • 11%
  • n/a
    Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
  • 52%
  • n/a
    Two or more races
  • 1%
    Race and/or ethnicity unknown
  • 8%

Student Success

  • 97%
    First-to-second year retention
  • 96%
    Six-year graduation
  • 90%
    Six-year graduation for underrepresented minority groups
  • 100%
    Freshmen who live on campus
  • 94%
    Undergraduates who live on campus
  • 346
    Full-time faculty
  • 50
    Full-time minority faculty
  • 7:1
    Student–faculty ratio
  • Top 5 Majors

    Math, Biology, Art/Art History, Economics, English, History, Psychology

  • Multicultural Student Clubs and Organizations

    Asian American Students in Action, Black Student Union, Chinese-American Student Organization, International Club, Koreans of Williams, Muslim Student Union, Queer Student Union, South Asian Student Association, Students of Caribbean Ancestry, Vista (Latina/o Organization), Williams African Student Organization, Williams College Jewish Association, Women’s Center


Cost of Attendance

  • $51,490
  • n/a
    In-state Tuition
  • $300
    Required Fees
  • $13,690
    Room and Board

Financial Aid

  • $48,465,000
    Total institutional scholarships/grants
  • $52,700
    Average aid package
  • $14,600
    Average student loan debt upon graduation (of those who borrow)
  • 21%
    Pell Grant recipients among freshmen
  • 49%
    Students with financial need
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded financial aid
  • 100%
    Students with need awarded need-based scholarship or grant aid
  • 100%
    Students with need whose need was fully met


Applicant Academics

  • 6,984
    # of applicants
  • 17%
  • n/a
    Average HS GPA
  • 32
    ACT Composite
  • 670—770
    SAT Critical Reading
  • 660—770
    SAT Math
  • 670—770
    SAT Writing
  • n/a
    SAT/ACT optional


  • 1/1
    Regular application closing date
  • $65
    Application Fee
  • $65
    Application Fee (online)
  • yes
    Fee waiver for applicants with financial need
  • yes
    Early decision plan
  • 11/15
    Early decision application closing date
  • n/a
    Early action plan
  • n/a
    Early action application closing date