Williamstown, MA
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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Teams consistently perform well, but student support could stand to improve. Certain sports always draw big crowds, but others could use more support. Athletic facilities are good- the gym is modern, athletic facilities are well taken care of, and the new Weston field is state-of-the art.

5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Sports were a lot of fun for both athletes and non-athletes on campus!

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3 College Freshman

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

3 College Freshman

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

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Williams is a powerhouse of Div III athletics. We have one the directors cup (a competition comparing overall performance of division III schools) 14 out of the 16 years that it has been awarded. About 1/3 of all students are on varsity teams and about 1/2 of all students are involved in athletics in some capacity besides PE. Students love to go out and support the teams, especially because it is very common to have a few friends involved in various teams. Williams students pride themselves on excelling both athletically and academically and it is apparent on campus. The only areas noticeably lacking are some of our athletic facilities. Although a new football stadium is currently in the works, the main weight room and the surrounding area are a little dark, small, and/or unimpressive.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 358th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 392nd
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Semira Menghes
Atlanta, GA
American Studies - Arts in Context
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Athletics at Williams are for everyone—talented and amateur athletes, devoted fans and new recruits, sports lovers, and students who might not be that athletic at all. The outstanding professionalism of the coaches and athletic staff make the wonderful facilities on campus come alive with the spirit and effort of those who learn, teach, compete, play, or just have fun. The variety of sports classes and teams, both varsity and intramural, combined with the quality of their work, has made Williams stand out as a place where athletics thrive.

But, a question has to be asked: Do sports take over everything else on campus, pushing aside more intellectual pursuits? Although many would argue this point, one has to acknowledge that sports can only have a positive impact on people. At Williams, many have, in fact, chosen sports over other extracurricular opportunities, and it seems that no one has regretted such a choice.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: New England Small College Ath Conf
Basketball: New England Small College Ath Conf
School Nickname
Purple Cow
Men Playing Varsity Sports
442 - 45%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
354 - 35%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Wrestling
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Cross country
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Ice hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Aikido
  • Badminton
  • Baseball
  • Brazilian jiu jitsu
  • Cricket
  • Cycling
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing
  • Figure skating
  • Gymnastics
  • Rugby (men's, women's)
  • Sailing
  • Tae kwon do
  • Volleyball (men's)
  • Water polo (men's, women's)
  • Basketball
  • Broomball
  • Flag football
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Wiffleball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Bobby Coombs Field
  • Chandler Athletic Center
  • Cole Field
  • Herbert S. Towne Field House
  • Lansing Chapman Rink
  • Lasell Gym
  • Renzie W. Lamb Field
  • Simon Squash Center
  • The Taconic Golf Club
  • Tony Plansky Track
  • Torrence M. Hunt `44 Tournament Courts
  • Weston Field
Most Popular Sports
Football, basketball
Most Overlooked Teams
Field hockey, tennis
School Spirit
Mucho Macho Moocow Marching Band is the cheering section at football games and a big provider of school spirit. They can be seen wearing goofy hats and musically cheering Williams to victory!
Getting Tickets
Contact the sports information director at (413) 597-4982.
Best Place to Take a Walk
Hopkins Forest

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 17 responses

  • 12% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 76% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 12% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 17 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 29% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 41% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 29% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 17 responses

  • 0% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 35% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 65% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.


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