Williams College


Established in 1793 with funds bequeathed by Colonel Ephraim Williams, the college is private, residential, and liberal arts, with graduate programs in the history of art and in development economics. The undergraduate enrollment is approximately 2,000 students.

The student-faculty ratio is 6:1.

Williams admits U.S. students without regard to their ability to pay. The college meets 100 percent of every admitted student’s demonstrated financial need for four years. Just over half of all Williams students receive financial aid from the college.

There are three academic divisions (languages and the arts, social sciences, and science and mathematics) that encompass 25 departments, 36 majors, and several concentrations and special programs. The academic year consists of two four-course semesters plus a one-course January term.

Fraternities were phased out beginning in 1962. Coeducation was adopted in 1970.

The school color is purple. The mascot is the Purple Cow. Sports teams are called “Ephs.”

Williamstown is located in the Berkshires in northwestern Massachusetts, 135 miles from Boston and 165 miles from New York City.

Williams College 880 Main St, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA
Financial Aid Instructions for International Applicants For international students seeking financial assistance, Williams offers one of the most generous and comprehensive financial aid programs in the U.S. Although Williams isn't need-blind for international applicants, nearly 60 percent of international students receive financial aid from the college, with aid awards averaging $65,000 annually. Our financial aid includes free textbooks, lab and art supplies, music lessons, storage, and one round-trip plane ticket home each year. If you're an international applicant and expect to seek financial aid at any point during your enrollment at Williams, you must apply for aid as part of your application for admission. Students who are dual citizens of the United States and another country should complete the application requirements for  U.S. citizens . Required Application Materials CSS Profile  (use code 3965) If the CSS...
Jun 03, 2021
Williams College 880 Main St, Williamstown, MA 01267, USA
Additional Information for International Applicants Williams is committed to building a community that includes the brightest minds from around the world. Our students come from more than 90 countries, and international students—that is, students who, regardless of country of residence, don’t hold U.S. citizenship, permanent residency or a green card—make up nine percent of our student body. The college’s admission committee is familiar with the nuances of school systems and curricula around the world. Therefore, as an international applicant you’ll follow the same application procedures as U.S. citizens, with no additional forms or tests required. If your first language or language of academic instruction isn't English, we'll use your application as an assessment of your English proficiency. Williams doesn't require you to take a proficiency exam like the TOEFL, IELTS or Duolingo, but we're happy to review scores from those...
Jun 03, 2021