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Williams College Overview

Located in Williamstown, Massachusetts, Williams College is a private not-for-profit institution. The location of Williams is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.

What Is Williams College Known For?

718 Undergraduate Awards
$48,700 Avg Cost After Aid
15% Acceptance Rate
  • Students at Williams may have an easier time interacting with their teachers since the student to faculty ratio at the school is 6 to 1.
  • The 0% student loan default rate at Williams is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The highest award offered at Williams is the master's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 86% of the faculty were full-time.
  • After graduation, Williams bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $59,000 a year. That's about 45% more than their peers at other schools.
  • On average, it takes about 4.1 years for students from Williams to earn a bachelor's degree. This is excellent when compared to the average of 4.4 years.

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Williams College Rankings

Williams is ranked #11 out of 2,320 schools in the nation for overall quality on our 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation! Williams also holds the #3 spot on the Best Colleges in Massachusetts ranking.

These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.

Williams has also been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#10 Best Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Williams.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best English Language & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best History Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best History Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best General English Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#1 Best Other Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#2 Best General Biology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Drama & Theater Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#8 Best General Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Williams has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#7 Best Colleges for History College Factual
#7 Best Colleges for General English Literature College Factual
#7 Best Colleges for History College Factual
#14 Best Colleges for English Language & Literature College Factual
#27 Best Colleges for Psychology College Factual
#35 Best Colleges for Social Sciences College Factual

Where Is Williams College?

Location of Williams College

Contact details for Williams are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 880 Main St, Williamstown, MA 01267
Phone: 413-597-3131
Website: https://www.williams.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/williamscollege
Twitter: https://twitter.com/williamscollege

How Do I Get Into Williams?

You can apply to Williams online at: https://admission.williams.edu/apply

Admission Requirements for Williams

Submission Required?
High School GPA considered but not required
High School Rank considered but not required
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL neither required nor recommended

How Hard Is It To Get Into Williams?

15% Acceptance Rate
49% Of Accepted Are Women
59% Submit SAT Scores
With an acceptance rate of 15%, Williams is one of the most selective schools in the country. If the admissions department requests additional materials, be sure to submit them promptly. This could be a sign that you're on the border line of being accepted or denied.

Approximately 51% of accepted students are men and 49% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 16%, and the acceptance rate for women is 14%.

Average Test Scores

About 59% of students accepted to Williams submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 710 and 780. Math scores were between 690 and 790.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Williams College  ( 710 to 780 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Williams College  ( 690 to 790 )
200
800
Williams received ACT scores from 60% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 32 and 35. Math scores were between 29 and 34. Composite scores were between 31 and 35.

ACT English Scores for Williams College  ( 32 to 35 )
1
36
ACT Math Scores for Williams College  ( 29 to 34 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Williams College  ( 31 to 35 )
1
36

Can I Afford Williams College?

$48,700 Net Price
24% Take Out Loans
0.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Williams is $48,700. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Williams, approximately 24% of students took out student loans averaging $5,060 a year. That adds up to $20,240 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Williams is 0.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Williams College Undergraduate Student Diversity

2,043 Full-Time Undergraduates
50% Women
39% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,094 undergraduate students at Williams, with 2,043 being full-time and 51 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Williams

There are also 56 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,043 full-time undergraduates at Williams, 50% are male and 50% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Williams

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Williams College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Williams Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 251
Black or African American 142
Hispanic or Latino 274
White 1,005
International Students 173
Other Races/Ethnicities 198

Geographic Diversity

Massachusetts students aren't the only ones who study at Williams College. At this time, 42 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 59 countries are represented at Williams. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Canada, and South Korea.

Williams College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s Master’s TOTAL
Economics 115 26 141
General English Literature 60 0 60
Political Science & Government 56 0 56
General Biology 53 0 53
History 49 0 49
General Psychology 47 0 47
Mathematics 45 0 45
Computer Science 42 0 42
Fine & Studio Arts 26 12 38
Chemistry 34 0 34
Area Studies 23 0 23
Other Social Sciences 19 0 19
Philosophy 18 0 18
Romance Languages 17 0 17
East Asian Languages 12 0 12
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 12 0 12
Statistics 11 0 11
Physics 11 0 11
Natural Resources Conservation 10 0 10
Geological & Earth Sciences 9 0 9
Sociology 8 0 8
Ethnic Studies 6 0 6
Classical Languages & Literature 6 0 6
Germanic Languages 5 0 5
Drama & Theater Arts 5 0 5
Music 5 0 5
Anthropology 4 0 4
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 3 0 3
Astronomy & Astrophysics 3 0 3
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2 0 2
Religious Studies 2 0 2
TOTAL 718 38 756

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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