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Williams College

Williamstown, MA 4-Year Private

About Williams

Williams College is a private, nonprofit school located in the small town setting of Williamstown, MA, less than an hour from Albany NY.

Founded in 1793, Williams currently enrolls around 1,987 students a year, including 1,962 undergrads. The institution runs on a 4-1-4 (2 long terms separated by a month-long mini-term) academic calendar.

Williams's endowment was valued at $2,841,360,340 in 2021.

Admissions Facts About Williams

Acceptance rate: 15%

Mean ACT score: 33

Mean SAT score: 1472

Early Decision or Early Action: Yes/No

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: January 8

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: March 25

What's the acceptance rate at Williams College in 2021?

It is extremely difficult to get into Williams College. Williams accepts around 15 percent of applicants each year.

The mean composite SAT score is 1472. The mean ACT scores is 33.

In 2021, 1,944 applicants were waitlisted and 73 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is Williams a good school?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a school is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and graduation rates

About 90 percent of students who start at Williams return the next year. Out of the 546 students who started at Williams as first-time freshman, 486 graduate within four years.

Around 96 percent of students who started at Williams earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $16,215 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Williams sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So the real question to ask yourself: is Williams a good school for YOU?

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All applicants will receive an admissions decision by March 25.

Read on to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics and majors and more. You can also see what others are saying about Williams in the College Confidential forums and get personalized recommendations for colleges and universities that offer what you're looking for in a school.

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

Williams ACT Scores


ACT Range

32 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

35 and Above


32 to 35


32 and Less


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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 32 and 35 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 32 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Williams SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1420 - 1540


Math SAT Range

710 - 790


Reading SAT Range

700 - 760

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1540 and Above


1420 to 1540


1420 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Williams students is 1473. Applicants with SAT scores of 1540 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Williams, while applicants with SAT scores between 1420 to 1540 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1420 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Williams.

Williams Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees


In State


Cost Breakdown
In State
State Tuition

Student Life

Wondering what life at Williams is like? There are approximately 2,134 students enrolled at Williams, including 2,078 undergraduate students and 56 graduate students. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 16% percent are from MA and 84% percent of students are from other states.


Full Time


Part Time


In State



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Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate


Tuition and Fees

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Application Deadline

Jan 8
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