If you want to apply to Williams, the regular decision application deadline is January 8 and the application fee is $65. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may be eligible for an application fee waiver.
Students who submit their applications for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than March 25.
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%. Last year,, 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.
Williams is aextremely difficult school to get into. Williams evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.
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.
Transfer student admissions is extremely difficult. In 2021, Williams waitlisted 1,944 students. Of those, 846 eventually were offered a spot.
Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides 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 strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that prioritize the admissions factors where you're strong.
|Academic GPA||Very Important|
|Character/Personal Qualities||Very Important|
|Class Rank||Very Important|
|Level of Applicant's Interest||Not Considered|
|Rigor of Secondary School Record||Very Important|
|State Residency||Not Considered|
|Standardized Test Scores||Very Important|
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||√|
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, students GPAs fall in the following ranges|
Williams has a test optional admissions policy. 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.
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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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.
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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
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.
Does Williams accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?
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 your scores are higher than the school's average, you should strongly consider submitting them. If you scored lower than a school's average,, you may want not want to include them in your application..
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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First-Year Applications are Due
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
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.
Composite SAT Range
Math SAT Range
Reading SAT Range
1540 and Above
1430 to 1540
1430 and Less
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.
Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)
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