Student Life

A Learning Community You Live In

The Williams community is made up of more than 2,100 students from 46 states and 96 countries. Hockey players and debaters and sculptors and physicists. People of all genders, races and backgrounds. Fresh from military service, or first in their family to attend college. All of them Ephs. No one at Williams is the same as anyone else. And, because of that, no one is alone.

You'll learn in classrooms and residence halls alike — a positive, supportive residential community devoted to your personal and intellectual development. Cultivate your leadership skills. Meet people from places you've never been. Learn to manage your time and care for mind and body. From your first-year "entry" to the chance to work as a Junior Advisor, living at Williams helps you grow in ways you may never have expected.

 

Williams Moments

Log lunches. Labs. Block parties. Band rehearsals. Rallies. Radio shows. Study sessions. Swim meets. Sunrise. Shadows. Candlepin bowling. Chamber Choir. Coffee. Classes. More coffee. First snow. Final exam…

Each shot presents one tiny glimpse of daily life—moments you might encounter as you make your way around campus and the surrounding community, or at our coastal campus at Williams-Mystic. Together, the images represent the breadth and depth of the Williams experience.

42
religious traditions celebrated
17%
of students are in the first generation in their families to attend college
21%
Pell Grant Recipients
STUDENT BODY
51% White, 38% U.S. Students of Color, 9% International, 5% Unidentified
75
languages spoken

Arts at Williams

Williams’ location in the Berkshires isn't just naturally beautiful, it also situates us in one of the most culturally rich regions in the country. Our campus is home to both the Tony Award-winning Williamstown Theatre Festival and the Williams College Museum of Art. The Clark Art Institute, a museum and distinguished center for research and higher education, including the Williams Graduate Program in the History of Art, is a few short blocks from campus. Travel a little further and find MASS MoCA, one of the world’s premier centers of contemporary art, and Jacob's Pillow, an internationally renowned dance center, school and performance space.

Clubs and Organizations

The opportunity to do all the things you love—and then some—is part of what makes Williams so ideal for the curious and active. With nearly 200 student-run organizations on campus and connections to more than 400 service organizations, you’ll find plenty of inspiration and adventure to complement your academic pursuits.

Check out our current list of clubs and organizations, but don’t fear if something you’re hoping for isn’t there—the list is always growing. Of course, you can also start a group of your own.

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Accidentals
African Students Organization
Alhambra Consulting Group
All Campus Entertainment
Animal Awareness Group
Anime Club
Anything But Straight in Athletics
Archery
The Aristocows
Art Club
Asian American Students in Action
Asian Dance Troupe
Association for Women in Mathematics
Association of Role Players
Astronomy Club
Badminton Club
Ballroom
Beekeeping Club
Berkshire Doula Project
Beyond the Binary
Black Student Union
Brayton Afterschool Tutoring Program
Cap and Bells
Catholic
Chamber Orchestra of Williams
Chess Club
Chinese American Student Organization
Circle of Women
Climbing Club
Club Tennis
Club Volleyball
Coalition for Immigrant Student Advancement
Combo Za
Converging Worlds
Cycling Team
Dance Dhamaka
Debating Union
Effective Altruism @Williams
Environmental Council
EphVotes
The Ephlats
Ephoria
Ephs at the Clark
Equestrian Team
The Feast
Feminist Collective
Fencing Club
Figure Skating Club
The Film Club
Fishing Club
The Freshman Revue
Friendly Visitors
Get Baked
Good Question A Cappella
Gospel Choir
Handbell Choir
Haystack
Her Campus Williams
Hindu Students Association
Initiative for Israel
The Williams Insight
International Student Association
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
Jazz at Williams
Jewish Association
Koreans of Williams
Law Society
League of Legends
Lehman Community Engagement
Literary Review
Machine Learning Club
Magic: the Gathering
Martial Arts Club
Masculinity, Accountability, Sexual Assault, Consent
Matriculate
Med Corps
Men's Williams Rugby Football Club
Men's Williams Ultimate Frisbee Organization
Men's and Women's Water Polo Team
Middle Eastern American Club
Moo-mami
Musicians Alliance
Muslim Students Union
Nerf Club
Nihonjin American Student Union
No Lost Generation, Williams COllege
Nothin But Cuties
NovelTeas Book and Tea Club
The Williams Octet
Oral Health Society
Organization for Under-Represented Students in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Psychology, and Economics, a Society for the Advancement of Hispanics/Chicanxs and Native Americans in Science Chapter
Outing Club
Parlor Tricks
Peer Health
Perennial Amateur Convention
Photography Club
Political Forum
Pownal Pen Pals
Purple Bike Coalition
Purple Rain
Queer Student Union
Quiz Bowl
Rape and Sexual Assault Network
The Williams Record
Recovery of All Perishable Surplus
Ritmo Latino
Sailing Team
Sankofa Step Team
Sexual Wellness Advocacy Network
Sisterhood
Smash Club
Soccer League
Society for Conservative Thought
The Society of the Griffins
South Asian Students' Association
Springstreeters A Capella
Squash Club
Stanley Kaplan Council in American Foreign Policy
Storytime
Student Choreographers' Coalition
Student Veterans Association
Students Online
Students for Israeli Palestinian Dialogue
Students for Justice in Palestine
Students of Caribbean Ancestry
Surf Club
Sustainable Growers
The Williams Telos
Treestyle Improvisational Comedy
Ultimate Frisbee Association
Vietnamese Student Association
Vista
WCFM Williamstown 91.9
Women in Business
Women's Water Polo
Women’s Rugby Football Club
Writers Overground
Zambezi Marimba Band
¡Vive!

Active bodies, active minds

Whether you're a fierce competitor on the boards or a lover of quiet walks in the woods, Williams will help you develop an active, healthy lifestyle for your body, mind and spirit. Our 32 NCAA Division III varsity programs complement a long list of club sports and physical activities for every interest and type of ability or disability, including the Williams Outing Club, one of the finest outdoor programs at any liberal arts college.

Connect with a Current Student

Curious about what life is like at Williams? Ask an Eph! "Eph" (pronounced "eef') is an informal name we use for ourselves. And this team of Ephs is ready to answer any question you have about academics, residence life, activities, dining—anything that helps you imagine your future at Williams.

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Events for all interests

From lectures to theatrical performances to sporting events, Williams is alive with activity throughout the school year. With so much going on, the biggest challenge is how to choose. Check out our upcoming events calendar, then plan your visit and join in the fun.

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