Williams College: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

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

Williams College is a private liberal arts college with an acceptance rate of 12.6%. Located in northwestern Massachusetts, Williams typically vies with Amherst for the top spot on national rankings of the best liberal arts colleges in the United States. 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 / faculty ratio and an endowment well over $2 billion, Williams offers exceptional educational opportunities for its students. The college has a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honors society for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences.

Considering applying to this highly selective college? Here are the Williams College admissions statistics you should know.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, Williams College had an acceptance rate of 12.6%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 12 students ere admitted, making Williams' admissions process highly selective.

Admissions Statistics (2018-19)
Number of Applicants 9,715
Percent Admitted 12.6%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 45%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Williams College requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 66% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 700 760
Math 710 790
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of Williams College's admitted students fall within the top 7% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Williams scored between 700 and 760, while 25% scored below 700 and 25% scored above 760. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 710 and 790, while 25% scored below 710 and 25% scored above 790. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1550 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Williams College.

Requirements

Williams College does not require SAT subject tests, nor does the college require the optional SAT essay. If you've taken the SAT more than once, Williams will superscore your exams and use the highest section score from different test dates.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Williams College requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2018-19 admissions cycle, 47% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 34 36
Math 29 34
Composite 32 35

This admissions data tells us that most of Williams' admitted students fall within the top 3% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Williams received a composite ACT score between 32 and 35, while 25% scored above 35 and 25% scored below 32.

Requirements

Williams does not require the optional essay section of the ACT, nor does the college require applicants who take the ACT to take any SAT subject tests. Unlike many schools, Williams superscores ACT results; your highest subscores from multiple ACT sittings will be considered.

GPA

Williams College does not provide data about admitted students' high school GPAs. The school does report that in 2019, for those who provided class rank, 85% of admitted students ranked in the top 10% of their high school class.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Williams College Applicants' Self Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Williams College Applicants' Self Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Williams College. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Williams College has a highly competitive admissions pool with a low acceptance rate and high average SAT/ACT scores. However, Williams has holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities. and a rigorous course schedule. Applicants to Williams College may also submit an optional writing supplement, arts supplement, or scientific research abstract. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their test scores are outside Williams' typical range.

All admissions data has been sourced from the National Center for Education Statistics and the Williams College Undergraduate Admissions Office.