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Williams Early Decision Results Release Date 2021

Williams will release their Early Decision results on Friday, December 10th in the evening. Share results and connect with other early applicants in the Williams Community discussion.

Good luck to all early applicants!

Williams College Overview

Williams College is a private, nonprofit school in a small town setting in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Williams was founded in 1793 and now enrolls around 1,987 students a year, including 1,962 undergrads. Williams provides housing for up to 2,020 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Williams! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of Williams's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Williams students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

There are no fraternities or sororities at Williams, so it might be a good choice if you're not interested in Greek life.

Planning to play sports? Williams has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Williams on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at Williams on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2022 is January 8. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should receive admissions decisions by March 25.

2021 Williams Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar 4-1-4 (2 long terms separated by a month-long mini-term)
Overall Acceptance Rate 15%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 39%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 67%
Tuition $59,350

Is Williams a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Let's take a look at all of these areas to get a better sense of what Williams offers and if it could be the right college for you.

Williams Acceptance Rate 2021

It is extremely difficult to get into Williams. The acceptance rate at Williams is 15%. Out of 8,745 applications received in 2021, 1,322 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Williams

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Williams, around 90% are still enrolled their sophomore year. Around 96% of students who started at Williams earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Williams Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Williams's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. Williams's endowment was valued at $2.8 billion in 2021, compared to a national average of $905 million.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Williams

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. Williams meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Williams full-time are awarded $51,972 a year in financial aid, on average.

Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $16,215 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Williams. Based on this information, how does Williams sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Williams a good school for you?

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Where is Williams College Located?

Williams is located in the small town setting of Williamstown, Massachusetts, less than an hour from Albany NY.

If you want to see Williams for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 90 to Williamstown, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Albany International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Williams and Williamstown are like without leaving home.

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College Info

880 Main Street Williamstown, MA 01267

Campus Setting: Small Town

Williams Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 8

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Williams is Jan 8.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Williams is Mar 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Williams ACT Scores


ACT Range

33 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Williams is 33. Students with an ACT score of 35 and above have a good chance of getting into Williams. Students with an ACT score that falls between 33 and 35 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 33 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Williams SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1430 - 1540


Math SAT Range

710 - 790


Reading SAT Range

700 - 770

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1540 and Above


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Williams students is 1472. Applicants with SAT scores of 1540 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Williams, while applicants with SAT scores between 1430 to 1540 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1430 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Williams.

Williams Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Williams is like? There are approximately 1,987 students enrolled at Williams, including 1,962 undergraduate students and 25 graduate students. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 16% percent are from MA and 84% percent of students are from other states.


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