Optional Writing Supplement

For Fall 2023 First-Year and Transfer Applicants

Some students feel they do their best writing in an academic context rather than through narrative pieces like admission applications. If you are interested in submitting an example of your academic writing from the last year, you may share a 3-5 page paper. The paper may be creative or analytical, can cover any topic, and need not be graded. We ask that you include a description of the assignment or prompt. Please do not submit lab reports. 

Students can apply and submit this optional writing supplement using the Common Application or QuestBridge Application.

*A required writing question was added to our application on September 9: As a residential learning community, Williams believes that some of the most important experiences happen while living and learning alongside those different from oneself. Please describe a time when you learned or grew through the process of interacting with someone whose background, identity, lived experience, or perspective differs from your own. (150-300 words; this question will display on both the Common Application and QuestBridge Application Form.)*

Please email [email protected] with any questions.