Williamstown, MA
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Reviews 470 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The school police are so nice!

2 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Nothing to do off campus. :(

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's amazing to be here and I feel lucky everyday.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Sports isn't a big deal until NCAA.

2 College Freshman

Parking: Not very convenient to have a car on campus.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: No greek life. That's one of the reasons I applied here.

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: the gym has open hours and is in high demand

2 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Many students drink. Some smoke marijuana and once in a while its smell can be felt in hallways.

3 College Freshman

Majors: The math, Chinese, and poli sci/econ departments are some of the best here.

4 College Freshman

Majors: You don't declare your major until the end of your sophomore year. The bad thing is that Williams doesn't offer minors.

4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Mission is the best. Avoid Whitman's.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Mission is far from the center of campus, but has its own dining hall, which happens to be arguably the best one on campus. Frosh quad is in the center of campus and is more pretty, but has less amenities and is older.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They don't bust you; they help you be safe. They're more like your guardians

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: It's usually the same, small, campus-wide parties

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Diversity: People here generally get along, no matter their ethnic, cultural, or socioeconomic background

1 College Freshman

Transportation: Williams is in the middle of no where. If you don't have a car, you can't really go anywhere except some stores such as Stop&Shop and North Adams... especially on Sundays.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Campus security is there to help you, not to punish you

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: good food but too expensive. No student discounts

3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: way more hook-ups than long-term relationships

College Sophomore

Transportation: There isn't public transportation provided by Williams because there is no need; you can walk very easily to all locations on campus.

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: What you need, you will receive.

10 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Computers: You will always be able to find a free computer at Williams because there are plenty of labs and free computers. The infrastructure of computers is also quite good, and the Office of Information Technology is effective. However, the network, Purple Air, is notorious for its lack of speed and patchiness in coverage, especially during crunch time.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are only a few restaurants near campus because the town is so small, but they are pretty good (although somewhat expensive). There's an Indian place, a Thai place, and a Chinese place nearby as well as a few grills, sandwich places, and, of course, a Subway. So your options are pretty limited, but they tend to be quality options.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Williamstown is an extremely small town, so there is not much to do in terms of "out-of-college" attractions. However, the campus is extremely close-knit so there is always something going on.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Most of the housing here is excellent, and although some sophomores get slightly screwed over, almost anyone can live in a single should they want to. Freshman housing is one of the best things about Williams because the Entry System becomes one of the highlights of your first year.

5 people found this useful Report

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Semira Menghes
Atlanta, GA
American Studies - Arts in Context
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It is very hard to get an A at Williams, so most are happy with a B+ or an A-. The same logic applies to what the school has to offer students. Williams is amazing for its incredible academic and athletic programs, and the inclusive atmosphere on campus promote and encourages personal growth. The lack of nightlife also helps the campus grow closer as people have little opportunity to go off campus and much more time to hang out with and talk to the people around them. Students acknowledge that some of the weaknesses of the school, such as location and the nature of nightlife in Williamstown, are not fixable. They also agree that Williams is working very hard on addressing other problematic issues. While the school changes with every class, every year, some positive and negative aspects of what it has to offer to the prospective student stand out. These are not only conditions that can’t be changed, like the weather, but also general features of Williams that many students criticize or praise.

No matter what the admissions office tries to tell you, the Williams campus is not particularly diverse. Many students of color feel very alienated here, and so do white students who don’t necessary fit the typical preppy profile. Many blame the lack of diversity on the school’s focus on athletics, but that isn't totally fair to the Williams sports teams, who do so much to promote the school’s spirit. It is thought that maybe Williams lacks in diversity because the College has already been associated as a typically “white and preppy” school. Besides admitting a fairly uniform and uninteresting student body, Williams has also placed them in a small and uninteresting town, where their social life is limited to keg parties with the same group of people every weekend and occasional dancing to the same three songs. Although many complain about this, others like those three songs and the beer, and they don’t require more options.

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