Stats and fun facts

Fun Facts related to Ephpreciation

Here is more information on those stats you saw on Ephpreciation posters around campus.

Well endowed?

It’s true: Williams has a healthy endowment. But a $1 donation to the Alumni Fund, Parents Fund, or Senior Class Gift has 20-times the impact as $1 to the endowment. This is because donations to the Alumni Fund, Parents Fund, or Senior Class Gift are current and unrestricted dollars, and are immediately put to use by the college. The endowment is intended to ensure the long term success of the college, and only 4-5% of the total + earnings can be spent in any given year.

Who wouldn’t want 16,000 gifts a year?

Last year (2011-12), 15,994 alumni donated to the Williams Alumni Fund, many of them multiple times for a total of 16,256 gifts!

There are nearly 27,000 Williams Alumni working in fields from
Acting to Zoology.

Ephs include Oscar-nominated actor David Strathairn ’70 and Josh Van Buskirk ’82, research associate in zoology at the University of Zurich. Discover more Ephs in the Alumni Directory.

Each year, over 2,000 alumni volunteer for Williams as Alumni Fund agents, regional officers, or class officers.

1,600 serve as Alumni Fund agents; 350 are leaders within their classes; 200 are regional officers.

More than half of Williams students receive need-based financial aid.

53% receive aid from Williams, and 77% receive aid from all sources.

Tuition, room, and board: approximately $60,000 | True cost per student: closer to $90,000

It costs the college approximately $90,000 per student to provide a Williams education in 2014, and the average student pays around $30,000 once financial aid enters the picture. The difference is made up by a combination of earnings on the endowment and philanthropy, primarily from alumni and parents donating to Williams. If the college had to run solely on tuition, room, and board, everything would grind to a halt mid-winter once those dollars are spent.

Gifts from alumni and parents help support Williams’ great professors and great teaching— including labs, library resources, and technology needed to give you the best educational experience around!

Unlike some schools, Williams does not charge lab fees or studio art fees.

Since tutorials were introduced, the student body has grown 3%, while the full-time faculty has expanded by 30%.

When tutorials were first introduced twenty-some years ago, the number of full-time faculty was 201, and the number of students just shy of 2,000. Williams now has 262 full-time faculty and a 7:1 student-faculty ratio.