Information for First-Year Applicants

Early Decision or Regular Decision?

If you're a first-year applicant and Williams is your top choice, you’re welcome to apply through our Early Decision program. Students may apply Early Decision to only one institution. If admitted, you'll be expected to accept our offer and to withdraw any applications you’ve submitted to other schools.

If you're a first-year applicant who wants to apply to more than one school, your best option is to apply under our non-binding Regular Decision plan. The majority of students apply to Williams via Regular Decision. If admitted, you'll have until May 1 to accept your place in the class.

An important note about QuestBridge: Williams is proud to be a longstanding QuestBridge College Partner. If you’re considering applying to Williams through QuestBridge, please visit the QuestBridge website for all of the information you’ll need.

Required Application Materials

The following items are required of all first-year applicants:

  • Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application
  • School Report
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Teacher Recommendations
  • Mid-Year Report (Due February 26* or for schools on a trimester, when 2nd trimester grades are available)
  • $65 Application Fee or Fee Waiver
  • Early Decision Agreement Form (Early Decision applicants only)

*We have extended the mid-year report deadline from February 5 to 26, but there is absolutely no need to worry if your counselor cannot submit mid-year grades by February 26. If this is the case, simply email us at [email protected] to let us know when we can expect them, and we will plan to wait until then. A late submission will NOT disadvantage your application to Williams in any way.

Transcripts, letters of recommendation, and other supporting documents sent by a school can arrive shortly after the submission of a completed application. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us with any questions or concerns.

Optional Application Materials

You have the option of supplementing your application with submissions in any of the following areas:

SAT or ACT

All students applying for entry at Williams in fall 2021, 2022, or 2023 may choose whether to submit SAT/ACT exam results. Regardless, your application will be reviewed in a thorough, student-centered, holistic admission process.

If you decide to submit an SAT or ACT score, you can can do so in any of three ways:

  1. Enter them in the testing section of your application.
  2. Email a screenshot of your score report to [email protected].
  3. Have them sent to Williams directly from the testing agency. The Williams SAT code is 3965 and ACT code is 1936.

Williams will superscore the SAT or ACT. This means that if multiple test scores are submitted, we’ll consider the highest subsection scores when reviewing your application.

Please note that SAT and ACT scores for all enrolling students who choose to submit them will be verified. Discrepancies between self-reported scores and official scores may jeopardize a student’s place at Williams.

The submission of SAT subject tests, AP scores, IB exams, A-levels, and language proficiency tests have been optional at Williams for many years and this will continue to be the case.

Williams Writing Supplement

Students are welcome to submit a short essay on one of three topics OR upload an academic paper completed in the last year (preferably from the humanities or social sciences). To learn more, visit the Williams Writing Supplement page.

Studio/Performing Arts Portfolio

If you have a well-developed talent in the visual or performing arts, our faculty would be delighted to review your portfolio. Please visit our arts supplement page for specific deadlines and details about submissions. Use SlideRoom to submit samples of your work for review by Williams faculty.

Scientific Research Abstracts

If you’ve pursued significant scientific or mathematics research and are considering a research or academic career, we welcome a brief description of your past work. Please include this information on your application, or email it to [email protected].

If you'd like to submit an update to your application for admission at any time, please email the update to applicationmaterials​@williams​.edu.