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?
- 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.
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.
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Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Williams.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards Williams has earned from around the web.
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Where Is Williams College?
Contact details for Williams are given below.
|Address:||880 Main St, Williamstown, MA 01267|
How Do I Get Into Williams?
You can apply to Williams online at: https://admission.williams.edu/apply
Admission Requirements for Williams
|High School GPA||considered but not required|
|High School Rank||considered but not required|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||recommended|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
|TOEFL||neither required nor recommended|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Williams?
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.
Can I Afford Williams College?
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
There are also 56 graduate students at the school.
Of the 2,043 full-time undergraduates at Williams, 50% are male and 50% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Williams College students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||142|
|Hispanic or Latino||274|
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.
|General English Literature||60||0||60|
|Political Science & Government||56||0||56|
|Fine & Studio Arts||26||12||38|
|Other Social Sciences||19||0||19|
|East Asian Languages||12||0||12|
|Linguistics & Comparative Literature||12||0||12|
|Natural Resources Conservation||10||0||10|
|Geological & Earth Sciences||9||0||9|
|Classical Languages & Literature||6||0||6|
|Drama & Theater Arts||5||0||5|
|Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages||3||0||3|
|Astronomy & Astrophysics||3||0||3|
|Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies||2||0||2|
*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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