Student Life

A Learning Community You Live In

The Williams community is made up of more than 2,100 students from 49 states and 95 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. 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.

46
religious traditions celebrated
16%
of students are in the first generation in their families to attend college
21%
Pell Grant Recipients
STUDENT BODY
53% White, 42% U.S. Students of Color, 9% International, 5% Unidentified
71
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.

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.

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. We look forward to a time in the future when you can look at our events calendar and join in the fun.

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