Additional Information for U.S. Military Service Member and Veteran Applicants

Williams welcomes applicants who've served our country, including both active-duty U.S. military service members and veterans. We're proud to partner with Service to School (S2S), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that provides service members and veterans with free application counseling, peer-to-peer guidance and networking support. Take a look at this video to learn more about the liberal arts, affordability, and our holistic review admission process.

Williams automatically waives the application fee for all service member and veteran 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.

Financial Aid for Veterans and Yellow Ribbon

Williams considers the applications of U.S. military veterans without regard to their ability to pay, and we promise to meet 100 percent of each admitted student’s demonstrated financial need for their entire career at Williams. In many cases, the amount we provide will exceed the aid provided by veterans’ benefit programs.

If you’re a student veteran, you have the option to activate your Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits toward the cost of attendance at Williams, or to defer your benefits and have your full demonstrated need met through a combination of federal, state, private and institutional funds. If you elect to use your Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits, you’ll be permitted to keep all of your Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), with the expectation that you’ll use it toward additional living and personal expenses incurred because of your unique status as a veteran. Williams participates in the Yellow Ribbon Program and we provide unlimited institutional matching funds with no cap on the number of Yellow Ribbon recipients admitted.

Transfer and Veteran Virtual Open House

The third annual Transfer and Veteran Open House will be held virtually on Friday, October 30. Participants will have the opportunity to attend classes, hear from admission and financial aid staff, meet with the Registrar to learn about transferable credits, and connect with current students. The event is open to all prospective transfer and veteran applicants as well as counselors and faculty who support them. Please check out the event schedule, and register here.

Williams Travel Grant Program

The Williams Travel Grant typically offers all-expenses-paid campus visits for prospective veteran students who reside in mainland U.S. and Puerto Rico. Unfortunately, campus is closed to all visitors right now, but we’re excited to offer personalized, virtual visits. Selected applicants will get to experience Williams virtually on a date of their choosing. The Williams Travel Grant application can be found here.

Preparing for Your Application

We understand that military service can lead to gaps in school enrollment. If your service has taken you away from your academic commitments for more than two years, we recommend that you enroll in challenging college-level courses prior to applying to Williams. Military service builds highly desirable capacities for a college applicant. Combining your experience with a successful record of post-secondary coursework will enable you to make your best case as an applicant.

Our standard application options, the Common Application and Coalition Application, may not capture the full range of your individual interests and experiences. In order to make Williams aware of all your qualifications, please be sure to describe your unique circumstances in the “additional information” section. We take a holistic approach to the admission process: the more you can tell us about yourself, the better.

In a shared session with four other institutions, we have put together this informational video that may help you in preparing your application. Learn more about the liberal arts, affordability, and our holistic review admission process here.

Housing for U.S. Military Veterans

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, student veterans are welcomed into campus life and engagement with the Williams community.

If you have questions at any point during the process, please check out our transfer FAQ page, email Assistant Director of Admission Alex DiAddezio, or book an appointment.