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Williams Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Williams, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 8 and the fee for the application costs $65.

Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students who are struggling to afford application fees may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Students who submit their applications for Fall should hear back from Williams by March 25.

Williams Admissions Stats at a Glance

Williams 2021 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 95%
Mean SAT Score 1472
Admissions Test Policy Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 67%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 43%
Waitlist Yes

Considering Applying Early to Williams?

Williams College offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

The early decision acceptance rate at Williams is 39%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 15%. In 2021, Williams admitted 249 of the 634 students who applied early decison.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is Williams Hard To Get Into?

Williams is an extremely difficult school to get into.

In 2021, Williams accepted 15% of students, around 1,322 of the 8,745 students who applied.

Schools that are extremely difficult to get into, like Williams, accept fewer than 30% of all applicants. At least 75% of admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT or over 29 on the ACT.

It is extremely difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

In 2021, Williams waitlisted 1,944 students. Of those, 846 eventually got off the waitlist.

What Does Williams Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college determines which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the areas where you're strong.

Admissions Factors at Williams

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Important
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Considered
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Important
Extracurricular Activities Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Important
First Generation Important
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Important
Standardized Test Scores Very Important
Volunteer Work Important

Williams Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Williams must submit the following items. Double check with Williams's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Letter(s) of Recommendation 2
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Williams?

Out of all students that were admitted, 23% submitted a class rank. At Williams 95% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 99% were in the top 25% and 99% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Williams College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 23%

Williams does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Williams is test optional. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 67% of Williams's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 43% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Williams?

To be competitive with other Williams applicants, you should strive to earn between 1430 and 1540 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Williams 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1540 and 25% of scored lower than 1430, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.The mean composite SAT score for a Williams student is 1472.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Williams students scored 790 or higher and 75% of students scored 700 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Williams students scored 770 or higher, and 75% scored a 700 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Williams?

To be most competitive at Williams, you should strive to earn between 33 and 35 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 35 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Williams's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 35, and three out of four students scored lower than 35 on the ACT.

A 33 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Williams students. Only one out of every four students scored below 33.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Williams College

For transfer students, it is extremely difficult to get admitted to Williams.

For transfer students wishing to start in the Fall, the deadline to apply is March 1. Applicants should hear back by April 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Williams during the following terms: - Fall Term

Williams Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Williams?

Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Williams.

Does Williams accept transfer credits?

Williams accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Do I have to submit test scores to Williams?

No, Williams is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application..

What is Williams's acceptance rate?

Williams's acceptance rate is 15%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Williams?

Williams's early decision acceptance rate was 39% in 2021.

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How hard is it to get into Williams? Williams is a selective institution. The Williams acceptance rate is 15%. This means that the institution accepts 15 out of every 100 applicants.



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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

33 - 35

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

35 and Above


33 to 35


33 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 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

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1540 and Above


1430 to 1540


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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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

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