Williams College

Williams College

Williams College was established in 1793. This private college of liberal arts is situated in Williamstown, Massachusetts. It was originally formed as a men's college and changed into a co-educational institution in the year 1970. The institution was recently placed at the 1st position among the liberal arts colleges in America by the U.S. News and World Report. It offers majors in more than 30 fields of study. Over 500 bachelor's and more than 30 master's degrees are awarded by Williams College. Williams College is divided into the following divisions:

  • Division of Humanities
  • Division of Sciences
  • Division of Social sciences

Williams College's athletics department fields more than 30 men's and women's sports teams. They compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III. The teams are nicknamed the Ephmen, and they participate in basketball, baseball, cross country, and softball.

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Williams College
880 Main St
Williamstown , MA 01267
General Phone: (413) 597-3131

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Williams College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts270American studies, Asian studies, women's studies, comparative literature, Chinese language, Japanese language, Russian language, German language, French language, ...
Science100biology, astronomy, astrophysics, chemistry, geology, physics
Art Studies70art studies
Therapy and Counseling37psychology
Religion and Philosophy17philosophy, religion
Fine Arts11art history and criticism
Computer Science and Engineering10computer science
Drama and Performing Arts1drama

Number of programs and degrees for Williams College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree51033
Master's degree352

Williams College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Williams College had a total enrollment of 2,073 students (2,089 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 47%
Women 53%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 98%
Graduate 2%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 64%
Black 9%
Hispanic 8%
Asian 10%
American Indian 0%
(Foreign Students) 8%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 46%
20-21 42%
22-24 8%
25-29 1%
30-34 0%
35-39 0%
40-49 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York19%
(International Students)10%
New Jersey4%
North Carolina2%
New Hampshire1%
Washington, DC1%
South Carolina1%

Williams College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 97 %

Williams College Room and Board (2007)

Williams College offers campus housing for 1,918 of its 2,089 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Williamstown, Massachusetts for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Massachusetts Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 21 meals per week.

Williams College Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal660760
SAT Math660760
ACT Composite2933

Application Requirements:

GPAnot required
Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT95%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT24%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)not required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Williams College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 37,640
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 37,640
Room and board $ 9,890
Room charge $ 5,030
Board (meal plan) charge $ 4,860
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 1,200

Financial Aid:
Williams College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 222900)

Williams College Faculty

Williams College has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*0*
All faculty totalcalendar year1*0*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year89$135,42041$124,722
Associate professoracademic year20$94,53022$90,995
Assistant professoracademic year44$74,61639$72,559
Instructoracademic year5$50,4202*
Lectureracademic year10$85,8855$80,300
All faculty totalacademic year168$109,149109$95,530

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Williams College Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football New England Small College Athletic Conference
Basketball New England Small College Athletic Conference
Baseball New England Small College Athletic Conference
Track New England Small College Athletic Conference

Williams College Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Asian Studies/Civilization
Chinese Language and Literature
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Comparative Literature
Development Economics and International Development
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Japanese Language and Literature
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Social Sciences, Other
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General

Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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