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Reviews 245 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Courses are almost invariably high-quality--interesting, educative, but very difficult. Professors are the best in their field, and most are here simply because they care about educating the next generation. There's a lot of variety among courses, though this is more true of humanities (sciences can only get so creative). Classes are typically discussion-based, not lecture, and sizes are small.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Though Williams is small and relatively unknown among the general population, those who matter know what it is. The alumni network is a great resource, and the career center is very helpful--you just have to ask for help first!

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3 College Senior

Health & Safety: Campus crime is almost nonexistent, and personal safety (excluding sexual assault) is generally high. However, due to the campus's prevalent drinking culture, sexual assault is a HUGE problem. I would estimate that 1 in every 2-3 girls has been assaulted, which is higher than the national average (this is based on my own experience and others' anecdotes). While the administration has designated assault survivor services, which are so, so great, as a whole the administration seems to try to bury reports of assault. Usually those accused are athletes, which the administration is inclined to protect. The process for reporting assault isn't easy, and it tends to favor the accused, not the victim--which is the opposite of how it should be. There's much to be improved upon.

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Some options are a little distant--especially the more spacious ones--so this makes winter difficult. But in general the options are all very high-quality.

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4 College Senior

Athletics: Williams' sports programs are some of the best in the country. Athletes are well-supported by administration, professors, and other students. However, the varsity athlete culture can be at times toxic--teams operate like frats in some senses.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: It's difficult, but so worth it. A degree from Williams really means a lot--the academics are top-notch, the instruction is unbeatable, and the overall quality of life is very high. If I could, I would choose Williams all over again--and again, and again, and again.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: best part about williams is the people, profs and students. profs love their jobs and their students so the level of teaching is really high and other students are super bright, making collaboration less of a chore and more of an opportunity to learn from your peers.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Had the most amazing experience. I LOVED every class I took. I was able to get to know all of my professors personally, and I even went out for tea with my philosophy professor a few times. The students aren't crazy eccentric, like I kind of hoped for, but if you actually talk to them, they are really interesting and have some amazing things going on in their heads. For me, it was very difficult to balance my workload with my athletics at first, but Williams has many great resources to help you out when you're freaking out, wondering how you're going to get everything done, and there are a ton of fun things to do to relieve the inevitable stress.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Although the name isn't recognized by most of the general public, the employers you're going to want to work for and the graduate schools you'll want to go to have a lot of respect for a Williams degree. Also Williams has a ton of connections through successful alums and partners. I got an internship super easily for the summer before my sophomore year.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: There are a lot of seminars and discussions at he beginning of the year and before Winter Study to train you to prevent sexual assault by being an active bystander and to know how to take care of your friends. Drinking is a big part of the social scene here. Fortunately, since it is a small campus, I usually know the people I'm partying with really well and always have friends with me, so I feel safe. But a story about a girl a few years ago who was raped by a hockey player and had a hard time because the guy was very popular and a lot of the campus turned against her for speaking out. The hockey player was kicked out and she transferred to Columbia. What was extremely appalling was that the administration reaccepted that hockey player as a student this year.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Everything is close enough to walk to classes, and if you're farther away, you're rewarded with bigger rooms. What I really liked was that most dorms are actually singles, which is super nice to have your privacy and not be embarrassed to fart.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletic teams are a big part of Williams. The gym is great for athletes, as well as the many fields and the trainer centers for injuries, but it's not all accessable to "non-ers".

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Williams is an amazing place to get an excellent education and has MANY opportunities available that make the tuition worth it. There are also some really interesting people there. However, as it only accepts the best students, it's highly skilled at breaking the egos of the fresh-out-of-high-school valedictorians who think they an do everything and be the best at everything. The workload is intentionally heavy enough that you need to ask for help to get through it, but overall, Williams really allows you to bond with your fellow students through the hard work and makes every student stronger once they make it through it's challenges.

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.

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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!

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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.

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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!

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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!

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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.

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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.

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1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We don't have greek life.

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3 College Sophomore

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

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4 College Sophomore

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

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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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