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Reviews 232 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus because Campus Safety and Security do a great job of keeping us safe. It really does feel like a purple bubble, however that is not to say that sexual assault doesn't happen on campus. I have heard of a couple of cases of it, but that's it.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: All of the professors I have had so far are excellent because they show how much they really care about you understanding the material and doing well in class!

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: This school is a Little-Ivy and the academics demonstrate it. I have really seen the power that comes from this level of academic rigor through my deep understanding of course materials and subjects. The alumni network is very extensive and powerful, and the career services center on campus works hard to make an idea for an internship possible.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I am not an athlete myself, however, the athletic facilities of the school seem to be great for those who are athletes. I do go to the gym regularly and the equipment there is excellent!

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I really enjoy being at my college. It is academically challenging while being engaging. The professors love teaching their subjects, and I have learned the value of a liberal arts education by taking classes in many different areas of study, which are helping me become a well-rounded scholar. I really like it here! The relatively small class sizes allow me to get to know my professors and classmates, which helps me learn better, as I can approach my professors comfortably during office hours and form study groups with my fellow classmates. I would choose my school again if I could do it all over because it has everything I want and need: small classes, passionate professors, engaging courses, welcoming atmosphere, beautiful location, and the list can go on!

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Not much crime around here. No one steals anything. I leave my room unlock.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I enjoy being in classes here, but the work gets overwhelming. People are great but very cliquy.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The alumni network is great. Easy to use. But the career center sucks.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It's hard for sophomores to get good housing. Even as a senior, the good housings are far away from campus. But almost everyone has singles, even freshman.

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We don't have greek life.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There's not a lot of team spirit here. Athletes are nice, but they tend to hang among themselves.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Williams offer a lot of chances to study abroad, but the social scene is very very limited.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Most people will live on campus all four years. It's not a bad deal!

4 College Senior

Athletics: The facilities have everything you could need as a varsity or non-varsity athlete. With our new football/lacrosse field and track, we have it made! Still, with an active there is always competition for prime field time, and IM sports are relegated either to early/late hours or ungroomed fields.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: I have loved my time at Williams! The best part of my experience has been the people here, and as a senior trying to figure out post graduate plans, I am comforted by the willingness to help and commitment to the College from alumni. Go Ephs!

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Could be better but overall good.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Better this year than past years.

4 College Junior

Athletics: Could have better facilities. Otherwise, great.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Awesome experience. Very community-oriented school. I love this place. Great people. Everyone wants to help you, the professors are amazing.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Williams has been the perfect place for me. My professors have been incredible mentors--I've gone to three professors' houses for dinner. The location is beautiful, and perfect for focusing on academics. I've been able to get very involved in all my clubs and really find what makes me passionate. But best of all is the people. They're all smart and talented and wonderful. I am so lucky.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I don't know much, only seniors can live off campus.

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Everything closes really early, but there's some good food. No chains really.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's kind of sad. There's never more than a handful of things happening on fridays or satudays and there's nothing for the rest of the week

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4 College Freshman

Administration: Having visitors is pretty easy. One of the officers is the worst but otherwise they're generally lenient about weed and alcohol.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: They usually give you a good package, but a lot of it is work-study and students don't have the free time for that here.


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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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