Williams College - Explore Campus in This Photo Tour

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Williams College in Williamstown, Massachusetts

Griffin Hall at Williams College
Griffin Hall at Williams College. Allen Grove

Williams College is a private institution located in Williamstown, Massachusetts. It typically ranks as one of the best liberal arts colleges in the country. Williams College has about 2,100 students and student faculty ratio of 7 to 1. It offers between 600 and 700 classes per year and students can choose from 36 majors. The college also offers about 70 tutorial classes in which two students work with a professor in a semester-long directed study.

The photo above presents Griffin Hall, a building that was dedicated in 1828 and originally called the “brick chapel,” as it was both the campus chapel and the library. The building was remodeled between 1995 and 1997, and it was completely renovated to add more advanced technology. Today, Griffin holds many classrooms and a large lecture hall, as well as event space.

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Bascom House at Williams College - Office of Admission

Bascom House at Williams College
Bascom House at Williams College. Allen Grove

Bascom House was built in 1913 and later purchased by the college to be used as a residence hall. Today, Bascom House holds the Office of Admission, which is open five days a week through most of the year. Prospective students can attend information sessions here, as well as start campus tours. The house is full of admissions counselors to help incoming students and answer questions about Williams.

Admission to the college is highly selective. Learn more in these articles:

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Paresky Center at Williams College

Paresky Center at Williams College
Paresky Center at Williams College. Allen Grove

The Paresky Center opened in 2007 and has served as student life center ever since. The center is open 24 hours during active school sessions and it provides study space, pool tables, meeting rooms, and a 150-seat auditorium complete with a dressing room and a green room. Paresky also has the Office of Student Life, student mailboxes, four dining options, the Chaplain’s Office, and outside, the Paresky lawn. 

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Schapiro Hall at Williams College

Schapiro Hall at Williams College
Schapiro Hall at Williams College. Allen Grove

Schapiro Hall has classrooms as well as many administrative offices for campus facilities. The building contains offices for American Studies, Leadership Studies, Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, Political Science, Political Economy, Philosophy, and Economics. Schapiro Hall is the place to go to meet with faculty and learn more about these departments and their classes. It is located next to the First Congregational Church and Hopkins Hall.

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Bronfman Science Center at Williams College

Bronfman Science Center at Williams College
Bronfman Science Center at Williams College. Allen Grove

The Bronfman Science Center, which is also part of the Science Center, houses laboratories, research space, and faculty offices. It is the home of the Math and Psychology departments, and it offers auditorium space. Bronfman’s lower level also has the Bronfman Science Shop, which helps students and faculty by creating or modifying the materials they need for research. The shop contains woodworking, welding, laser cutting, CNC milling, and 3D printing facilities. 

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Thompson Chemistry Labs at Williams College

Thompson Chemistry Labs at Williams College
Thompson Chemistry Labs at Williams College. Allen Grove

The Thompson Chemistry Lab building is the part of the Science Center; it serves the computer science and chemistry departments. It has classrooms, labs, and faculty offices, as well as a long list of research equipment. The college has a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer, Agilent Atomic Force Microscopes, Biotage Initiator microwave synthesizer, and CD laboratory ozone generator. There is also the Schow Science Library, which is a great research for students in any science discipline. 

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Thompson Physical Labs at Williams College

Thompson Physical Labs at Williams College
Thompson Physical Labs at Williams College. Allen Grove

The Thompson Physical Lab building is a part of the Science Center, and it has laboratories, faculty offices, and classrooms for the astronomy and physics departments. Williams physics department offers a wide variety of traditional and tutorial classes, as well as experimental and theoretical research projects. The college is very proud of its physics department, and five Williams students have eon the LeRoy Apker Award for undergraduate physics research.

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Clark Hall at Williams College

Clark Hall at Williams College
Clark Hall at Williams College. Allen Grove

Clark Hall, another part of the Science Center, houses faculty offices and lecture halls, and digital classrooms for the geosciences department. This department emphasizes field work, both for independent study programs and for thesis work. Clark Hall offers the use of the Geosciences lounge, two wave tanks, a Mac/PC computer lab with printer, and a mineral separation laboratory.  It is also the home of the college’s fossil and mineral collections.

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Thompson Biology Labs at Williams College

Thompson Biology Labs at Williams College
Thompson Biology Labs at Williams College. Allen Grove

The Thompson Biology Lab building is part of the larger Science Center; the facility provides classrooms, labs, faculty offices, and research space to many of Williams’s science departments. There is a wide range of subjects for biology students to study, including molecular biology, cell biology ecology, physiology, and neurobiology. The Science Center offers use of specialized technological equipment, including an Atomic Absorption Spectrometer and a Confocal Microscope.

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Spencer House at Williams College

Spencer House at Williams College
Spencer House at Williams College. Allen Grove

The Philip Spencer House is another upperclassman housing option that includes two living areas, a common area, a kitchen, and a library. The house has 13 single rooms and six doubles, many arranged in suites. The second floor of the Spencer House also has some rooms with balconies and porches. It’s also in a prime location, near the science complex, Brooks House, and Paresky Center.

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Brooks House at Williams College

Brooks House at Williams College
Brooks House at Williams College. Allen Grove

Brooks House provides a home base for the Center of Learning in Action, where students can take experiential courses, participate in “Study Away” programs in places like Africa and New York City, and engage in community outreach programs. Brooks is also a residence building for sophomore, junior, and senior students. It has 12 double rooms and four single rooms, in addition to three common rooms and a kitchen. 

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Mears House at Williams College

Mears House at Williams College
Mears House at Williams College. Allen Grove

In Mears House, students can find the Career Center, which provides many facilities for starting a successful career. The Career Center has workshops for things like building a brand, attending graduate school, and crafting a resume. It also has resources to connect with alumni, apply for internships, and get on-campus jobs. Mears House also has the Office of Alumni Relations for visiting Williams graduates. 

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Center for Theatre at Williams College

Center for Theatre at Williams College
Center for Theatre at Williams College. Allen Grove

The 62’ Center for Theatre and Dance is a performance venue for student showcases, visiting artists, lectures, and festivals. Here, students can watch performances and get involved with everything from dance ensembles to Tai-Chi. The building includes the CenterStage, MainStage, Adams Memorial Theatre, and a dance studio. It also has a costume shop, classrooms, and space for teaching and rehearsal. During the summer, the Center is also used for the Summer Theatre Lab and the Williamstown Theatre Festival.

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Chadbourne House at Williams College

Chadbourne House at Williams College
Chadbourne House at Williams College. Allen Grove

Chadbourne House is a small, cozy residence house located across from the Office of Admissions. It was built in 1920, purchased by the college in 1971, and renovated in 2004. It has 12 single rooms and one double room, as well as a common room and kitchen. Chadbourne House is open to upperclass students who want to live in a small co-op housing arrangement.

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East College at Williams College

East College at Williams College
East College at Williams College. Allen Grove

East College is a student residence building located in Currier Quad, near the Williams College Museum of Art and Goodrich Hall. East was built in 1842, and it currently provides housing for sophomore, junior, and senior students. It has 19 single rooms and 20 double rooms, with a total of 59 beds, as well as a kitchen and a common room. 

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Goodrich Hall at Williams College

Goodrich Hall at Williams College
Goodrich Hall at Williams College. Allen Grove

Williams originally used Goodrich Hall as a chapel. Goodrich Hall currently provides event space for the campus and is open 24 hours for students with a Williams ID. The upper level of the building is used by the dance programs for rehearsals, meeting space, and workshops. Goodrich Hall also has the Goodrich Coffee Bar, which is a student-run dining option that is open to the community and serves drinks and food.

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Hopkins Hall at Williams College

Hopkins Hall at Williams College
Hopkins Hall at Williams College. Allen Grove

Hopkins Hall holds many of Williams’s administrative facilities, including offices for the Registrar, Provost, Controller, Campus Safety and Security, Financial Aid, Dean of the Faculty, Dean of the College, Strategic Planning and Institutional Diversity, Communications, and the President. Hopkins was built in 1897 and renovated between 1987 and 1989, and it houses a few classrooms in addition to the offices.

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Harper House at Williams College

Harper House at Williams College
Harper House at Williams College. Allen Grove

Harper House is home to the Center for Environmental Studies, and it has a computer lab with access to Geographic Information Systems, student lounge, seminar room, and the Matt Cole Memorial Reading Room. Students in the Center for Environmental Studies can major in Environmental Policy or Environmental Science, with a concentration in Environmental Studies. The Center also has an Environmental Analysis Laboratory located in the Morley Science Center.

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Lasell Gym at Williams College

Jesup Hall at Williams College
Jesup Hall at Williams College. Allen Grove

Jesup Hall was built in 1899 to be the college’s first campus center. Now, studnets can use the hall for 24-access to computers and printers. Jesup Hall is also the home of the campus Office for Information Technology, where students and faculty can get help with any technological issues or questions. Students can loan out equipment, including cameras, projectors, and PA systems, and they can visit the student help desk for IT support. 

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Lasell Gym at Williams College

Lasell Gym at Williams College
Lasell Gym at Williams College. Allen Grove

One of the best resources for student athletes is Lasell Gym. It has practice facilities for William’s basketball, crew, and wrestling teams. It also has golf nets, an indoor running track, and an upper and lower fitness center, with treadmills, weights and weight machines, elliptical trainers, stationary bikes, and a rowing tank. The fitness center is open seven days a week to anyone with a Williams ID card.

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Lawrence Hall at Williams College

Lawrence Hall at Williams College
Lawrence Hall at Williams College. Allen Grove

Lawrence Hall provides classrooms and faculty offices for Williams’s Art Department. It is also the home of the Williams College Museum of Art, which has a collection of over 14,000 works. The museum is a great resource for students, especially those studying photography, modern and contemporary art, American art, and Indian paintings. The Williams College Museum of Art is open to the public and admission is free.

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Milham House at Williams College

Milham House at Williams College
Milham House at Williams College. Allen Grove

Milham House is another co-op living arrangement for seniors. The small dormitory is designed to give students an independent housing experience that’s close to campus. Milham is one of the smallest residences, as it only has nine single person rooms on three floors. There is also a common room and a kitchen, as well as a bathroom on each floor.

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Morgan Hall at Williams College

Morgan Hall at Williams College
Morgan Hall at Williams College. Allen Grove

Morgan Hall is another housing option for sophomore, junior, and senior students. It is located on the corner of Spring and Main streets, near the center of campus, by the Science Quad and West College. Morgan houses 110 people, in 90 single rooms and 10 double rooms. The ground floor has a kitchen, laundry facilities, and a common area where students can relax.

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Faculty House and Alumni Center at Williams College

Faculty House and Alumni Center at Williams College
Faculty House and Alumni Center at Williams College. Allen Grove

The Williams College Faculty House and Alumni Center provides meeting space and food for the Faculty Club. It also has dining facilities including a buffet and main dining room. The Faculty House offers special holiday meals, regular lunch five days a week, and meeting rooms can be reserved for breakfast and lunch meetings. Lunch hours are from 11:30 am to 1:30 pm during the academic year.

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Hopkins Observatory at Williams College

Hopkins Observatory at Williams College
Hopkins Observatory at Williams College. Allen Grove

The Hopkins Observatory was built between 1836 and 1838, and it contains some historical equipment from 1834. The observatory is a great resource for Williams’s astronomy and astrophysics students. Every week of the fall semester, the Milham Planetarium displays a sky show with the Zeiss Skymaster planetarium projector, which was installed in 2005. The side rooms contain the Mehlin Museum of Astronomy.

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St. John's Episcopal Church at Williams College

St. John's Episcopal Church at Williams College
St. John's Episcopal Church at Williams College. Allen Grove

The organization for St. John’s Episcopal Church started as a student fellowship in 1851, and the church building has been restored and preserved since it was built in the 1800’s. The church has stained glass windows, an office building, a church school, and a congregation of about 300. They hold regular events in addition to services. St. John’s Episcopal Church is located on campus, near the Paresky Auditorium. 

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The First Congregational Church at Williams College

First Congregational Church at Williams College
First Congregational Church at Williams College. Allen Grove

The First Congregational Church is right by the Sloan House and Shapiro Hall. The church’s history goes back to 1765, and it is still active today with services and events, like weddings and community programs. Many of the church’s facilities, including a sanctuary, library, parlor, and stage are available to be rented for events. The building serves as an iconic image of a “White Clapboard New England Church” for the campus and the town. 

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Perry House at Williams College

Perry House at Williams College
Perry House at Williams College. Allen Grove

Perry House is a student residence hall located near the Jewish Religious Center and Wood House. Sophomores, juniors, and seniors can live in Perry House’s 14 single room and 8 double rooms. In addition to a common room, the house has a grand staircase and an inner room which is used for events and dinners, and is called the Goat Room. The first floor of the house has a library where students can read and study.

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Wood House at Williams College

Wood House at Williams College
Wood House at Williams College. Allen Grove

The Hamilton B. Wood House provides more upperclassman student housing as well as event and recreation space in the basement. The house, which is near Greylock Quad and the 62’ Center for Theatre and Dance, has 22 single rooms and four doubles. Many rooms are arranged in suites with common lounges between them. The first floor also has two living rooms, a kitchen, and a study. 

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