Academics

Location
Williamstown, MA
Undergrads
2,031
Tuition
$44,920
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Junior

Academics: If you're already a math superstar (i.e., have gone to MOSP/IMO, done some research, etc.), then Williams might not be the best place for you --- liberal arts college in general will have more limited math departments. Otherwise, the math major does a great job of being both welcoming, and challenging/comprehensive (if you want that).

4 College Freshman

Academics: It takes an intense adjustment period during freshman year to figure things out, but the resources available on campus are incredible and make the HEAVY workload much more managable. Nobody who goes here can afford to be above seeking help.

3 College Freshman

Academics: Personally would like to see some more business/finance courses but Economics and Math is as close as you can get. Otherwise there is plenty of interesting classes in almost any subject commonly found at liberal arts schools.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Williams' academics are some of the best in the world. It is not hard to find students who chose Williams over Harvard, Princeton, Yale and/or Stanford. With a 7:1 student to faculty ratio and a mean class size of 13, you don't have to work hard to connect with your professors in any class. The workload is fierce and Williams is not the place to come and slack off. However, if you're looking for some of the best professors with the brightest students and the most resources before and after college, Williams might be the place for your. Williams is strong in pretty much all departments, but the most popular majors are Math, Art History, Biology, Economics, Chemistry, and Psychology.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: I go to Williams College and plan on majoring in studio art. We have some great professors! The amount of studio hours required can sometimes be a lot, but I know all the hard work pays off!

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 57th
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 63rd
    Smartest Professors
  • 78th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 80th
    Professors Most Interested in Classes
  • 81st
    Best Registration Process

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Semira Menghes
Hometown
Atlanta, GA
Major
American Studies - Arts in Context
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True, you have to work hard at Williams, and As are hard to get, but the amount of personal attention and the quality of instruction make every bead of sweat worth it. Williams professors are accessible, articulate, and extremely erudite. Whatever their specific field, they share a commitment to encourage students to explore and learn, both within and beyond the classroom. Williams professors are also willing to devote whatever time necessary to help a student learn.

While the workload does vary with separate departments, students are constantly challenged to improve their skills and obtain new ones, as well. They are also encouraged to share these achievements with others. Professors allow for each student to have his or her own style of learning, and they are supportive of everyone’s individual learning process. Students have to work hard, but they enjoy help and inspiration from their professors every step of the way.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
7:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
280
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
63
Total FT Faculty
280
Faculty with Terminal Degree
97%
Average Faculty Salary
$109,309
Full-Time Retention Rate
96%
Graduation Rate
96%
Programs/Majors Offered
36
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 Students: 73%
  • 20 to 49 Students: 23%
  • 50 or More Students: 4%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: No
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Master's degree
Most Popular Majors
  • Economics and Econometrics: 6%
  • English Language Studies: 4%
  • History, General: 5%
  • Psychology: 4%
Special Study Options
Study abroad
Best Places to Study
Schow Library
Tips to Succeed
  • Do not assume that Williams is boring if you are not a jock.
  • Don't assume jocks are dimwitted.
  • Don't be afraid to ask for help.
  • Don't take Williams for granted. It is a place where many good people work to make you a better person.
  • Go abroad junior year. Or some summer.
  • Go skiing to battle the cold.
  • Pick your classes carefully. Read about the professors who teach them, and ask students who took the classes before.
  • Take advantage of the excellent sports facilities, even if you are not into sports.
  • Take advantage of the opportunities to explore nature in new, interesting, and often free ways!
  • Talk to alumni. They, for sure, have faced the same issues as you, especially with finding jobs and internships.
  • Talk to your professors. Sometimes they face the same issues as you do.
Did You Know?
The first African American student to graduate from Williams graduated in 1889.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 13 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 13 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.
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