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Williams College

Williamstown, MA 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate9%
Acceptance Rate9%

About Williams

Williams College Overview

Williams College is a private, nonprofit school in the small town setting of Williamstown, Massachusetts. Williams was founded in 1793 and the school currently enrolls around 2,216 students a year, which includes 2,166 undergrad students. Williams provides housing for up to 2,020 students. Most students live in off campus housing.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to Williams for Fall 2023 is January 10. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should hear from Williams by April 1.

Student Activities at Williams

Are you interested in music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

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

Williams does not have any fraternities or sororities, do it might be a good option if Greek life isn't a priority for you.

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.

2022 Williams Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar 4-1-4 (2 long terms separated by a month-long mini-term)
Overall Acceptance Rate 9%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 33%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 43%
Tuition $61,450
Percent of Need Met 100%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $61,853

Is Williams a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" can mean different things for different people. Admissions difficulty, admitted student statistics, tuition, and financial aid can all provide a sense of how selective a college is.

Let's take a look at these areas to get a clearer view of what Williams offers and if the college seems like the right college for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Williams College

It is extremely difficult to get into Williams. The university admitted 9% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 12,452 applications received in 2022, 1,099 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Williams

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure 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 97% are still enrolled the next year. Williams's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 94%. 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 Outlook Williams Graduates

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Williams by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads.

Check with Williams directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

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.

As of 2022, the total market value of Williams College's endowment was $4.2 billion. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Williams

Tuition 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 $61,853 a year in financial aid, on average.

Students in the class of 2022 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $14,885 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some 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, does Williams seem like a good fit? Remember, a school that is perfect 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 are interested in seeing 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 10

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Williams is Jan 10.

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

Williams College is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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Williams ACT Scores


ACT Range

33 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

35 and Above


33 to 35


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Williams is 34. 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

1470 - 1550


Math SAT Range

740 - 790


Reading SAT Range

720 - 770

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1550 and Above


1470 to 1550


1470 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Williams students is 1500. Applicants with SAT scores of 1550 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Williams, while applicants with SAT scores between 1470 to 1550 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1470 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 2,216 students enrolled at Williams, including 2,166 undergraduate students and 50 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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