Welcome

Why Williams

Williams is a life-shaping journey that will inspire and guide you to think, create and act with purpose. Our location in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts is a place where you can find both focus and connection. It’s a community where you'll surround yourself with two thousand passionate and intelligent peers, learning with others who are dedicated to becoming deeper thinkers and more effective leaders.

A beacon for intellectual explorers, Williams will help you climb higher and farther than you imagined possible.

 

Learn Deeply
Explore Widely

What does it mean to attend one of the trailblazing schools that launched American higher education? You have the opportunity to explore 64 different areas of study, punctuated by transformative experiences that take you far beyond conventional ideas about academic rigor.

7:1
Williams’ student-faculty ratio—among the lowest of any college
100%
of classes taught by professors (not teaching assistants)
41%
of students conduct funded research each year
700+
courses available annually
65+
Oxford-style tutorials offered each year across the curriculum

FOR THOSE WITH
ENDLESS INTERESTS
AND ENERGY

With nearly 200 student-run organizations and more than 400 groups connecting students with service and experiential learning opportunities, Williams is ideal for the naturally curious and active. Whether singing with the Gospel Choir or playing Club Volleyball, advocating for sustainability with Environmental Council or sharing best practices with Future Business Leaders, there is always a new horizon to reach for.

A legacy of extraordinary outcomes

Williams alumni are the secret to your success. From your very first semester you’ll be connected to a global alumni network of business leaders, innovators, scholars, public servants, researchers, artists and others, who are rightly admired for helping students achieve their career and life goals. Our extensive alumni mentorship and internship programs give you the chance to learn from their successes and reach for your own.

Amazon, ESPN, Goldman Sachs, Metropolitan Museum of Art, National Institutes of Health
Top employers
90%
of the class of '18 were employed, in graduate school or volunteering within six months of graduation
Most frequently attended graduate programs:
Harvard,
Columbia,
Yale
1821
Oldest alumni association in the world—and one of the most generous

Williams
makes it all
possible

From tutorials to career mentoring, a Williams education is about the whole person. We think about all of your needs in our financial aid program, too--not just tuition, room and board, but also textbooks, Study Away, even health insurance and summer storage. Every student is unique, so our financial aid offerings are as well.

Not many U.S. colleges can make that kind of commitment to student success. Then again, most colleges aren't Williams.

52%
of all students receive aid from Williams
17%
of students receiving aid pay nothing
100%
of demonstrated need met
Graduates have among the LOWEST LOAN-DEBT levels in the country
Free
books, labs, art supplies and music lessons for all students receiving aid

Experience Williams
for yourself

A visit to Williamstown is the best way to fully explore Williams. Can words and photos tell the story? Yes. But a visit allows you to write your own chapter.

It would be no small advantage if every college were thus located at the base of a mountain.

—Henry David Thoreau, writing on Williams in 1844

Begin your
Williams Journey