Information for Transfer Applicants

Transfer students bring a welcome diversity of experience and viewpoints to our classrooms and campus. If you're a transfer student of any kind, Williams appreciates your interest. If you began your post-secondary education at a community college, in the U.S. military or elsewhere in the workforce, we especially encourage you to apply.

If you've completed or are in the process of completing at least one year of full-time college coursework elsewhere, please apply as a transfer student. You'll find general information about how to do so on this page. And check out our guides with special information for U.S. military veterans, international applicants, and undocumented and DACA applicants.

Williams waives the application fee for all transfer applicants. If you’ll be applying for financial aid, you can also request a fee waiver for the CSS Profile. We seek the most exceptional candidates regardless of financial need. Your request for a waiver won’t affect your application and we won’t consider it when making our admission decision.

If you cannot find the information you're looking for here, check our FAQ page.

Williams Travel Grant Program

If you’d like to visit Williams but aren’t sure you can afford to, please contact Assistant Director of Admission, Alex DiAddezio, about the Williams Travel Grant Program. The program offers an all-expenses-paid visit to campus. Applications to this selective program are welcomed from any prospective transfers and U.S. military veterans in the U.S. and Puerto Rico.


Required Application Materials

  • Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Final High School Transcript
  • Transfer College Report
  • College Transcript
  • Two College Instructor Recommendations
  • There is NO Application Fee

Transfer Student
Application Deadlines

Application Deadline March 1
Admission Decision by April 15
Admitted Student Reply Date June 1

Optional Application Materials

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


Students applying as first years or transfers during the 2020-2021 admission cycle have the option of applying under a test-optional policy. This change has been instituted for next year only, in response to the extraordinary challenges facing all of us during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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 applicationmaterials​@williams​.edu.
  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 score when reviewing your application.

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.

Williams Writing Supplement

Students are welcome to submit a short essay. To learn more, visit the Williams Writing Supplement page.

Research Abstracts

If you’ve pursued significant scientific, mathematics, humanities or social science 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].

Transfer Policies

  • If you have completed or are in the process of completing at least one year of full-time college coursework, please apply as a transfer student. If you will have less than one year of full-time college coursework upon enrollment at Williams, please apply as a first-year applicant.
  • As a transfer student, if admitted you’ll have the option to relinquish some or all of your approved transferable credits in order to take additional courses at Williams. You’ll still be able to use those relinquished credits to place into higher level courses (and we will meet 100% of your demonstrated need for every year you attend Williams).
  • Because Williams has a two-year minimum residency requirement for all students, you'll only be allowed to transfer a maximum of two years’ worth of credit from your previous institutions. Students may still use relinquished credits for course placement. See the transferable coursework section below for more details.
  • At Williams, students, including transfers, may only apply for fall enrollment.
  • Williams doesn’t accept applications from students who have already received a bachelor’s degree.
  • Note: While our standard transfer policy is stated above, we understand that your own experience might fall somewhere outside these parameters. If you’re unsure of how to apply and are looking for guidance, please know that we’re available to help.

Transferable Coursework

  • Credit is only awarded for courses taught in the liberal arts in which a grade of C- or above is obtained from an accredited college or university in the U.S. or abroad. Please note that for classes impacted by Covid-19, Williams will review grades of “P" or the equivalent as part of the admission process and for transferability.
  • Credit is generally not awarded for courses outside the liberal arts, including but not limited to business, engineering, computer application, journalism, speech, communications, or criminal justice.
  • Williams accepts math courses at the level of calculus and above.
  • Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, online courses, or college coursework taken before high school graduation may be used by academic departments for placement purposes. In some circumstances, major credit may be awarded, but degree credit is not. Please note that for classes impacted by Covid-19, Williams will review online courses for transferability according to the guidelines listed here.
  • Military coursework may be approved for major or degree credit depending on how the course was delivered and whether it has a liberal arts focus.

Housing for Transfer Students

Community is central to the Williams ethos and experience. We guarantee campus housing for all students for the entirety of their enrollment, and are committed to providing students with a type of housing that works best for them. A variety of on-campus options are available. Off-campus housing within close walking distance of campus may also be available in certain circumstances. Regardless of living location, transfer students are welcomed into campus life and engagement with the Williams community.

If you have questions at any point during the process, please contact Assistant Director of Admission Alex DiAddezio.

Williams College Non-Discrimination Statement

Williams College is dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive community in which members of all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive. In compliance with state and federal law, Williams does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry or military service.

Clery Act Disclosure Report

Williams College reports this information in accordance with Uniform Crime Reporting procedures and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. A paper copy of this report can be obtained by contacting Campus Safety & Security at 413.597.4444.