Williams College Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid & More

Williams College
Williams College (see more photos). Photo Credit: Allen Grove

With an acceptance rate of just 18 percent in 2016  and status as one of the country's top liberal arts colleges, the Williams College admissions process is highly selective. Along with grades and standardized test scores that are well above average, successful applicants will need to have meaningful depth in their extracurricular activities, a record of success in challenging college-preparatory classes, glowing letters of recommendation, and winning application essays. The college accepts the Common Application, Coalition Application, and QuestBridge Application. The college has an Early Decision option for admission, an option that may improve your chances of being accepted. To see how you measure up, you can calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex.

Admissions Data (2016)

Williams College Description

Williams College typically vies with Amherst for the top spot on national rankings of the best liberal arts colleges. The college is located in Williamstown, a small town in the northwest corner of Massachusetts. One of Williams’ unique features is its tutorial program in which students meet with faculty in pairs to present and critique each other’s work. With a 7 to 1 student to faculty ratio and an endowment well over $1 billion, Williams offers exceptional educational opportunities for its students. The college has a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honors society. On the athletic front, the Williams Ephs compete in the NCAA Division III New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). You can explore the campus with a Williams College photo tour.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 2,150 (2,093 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 51 percent male / 49 percent female
  • 98 percent full-time

Costs (2016–17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $51,790
  • Books: $800 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,690
  • Other Expenses: $2,150
  • Total Cost: $68,430

Williams Financial Aid (2015–16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 60 percent
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 50 percent
    • Loans: 23 percent
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $48,073
    • Loans: $4,951

Academic Programs

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 97 percent
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 86 percent
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 94 percent

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Swimming, Track and Field, Wrestling, Cross Country, Basketball, Ice Hockey, Skiing, Tennis, Squash, Rowing
  • Women's Sports: Softball, Field Hockey, Basketball, Squash, Softball, Tennis, Rowing, Track and Field, Ice Hockey, Lacrosse

Williams and the Common Application

Williams College uses the Common Application. These articles can help guide you

Admissions Information for Other Top Liberal Arts Colleges

Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics