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Reviews 493 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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3 College Freshman

Athletics: The facilities are beautiful, but it is sometimes difficult to find space for your own activities or pickup games. It's by no means impossible though, and I'm perfectly content with the availability of field and facility space.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Some really good restaurants are in the area, and they span a pretty impressive variety of food: sushi/East Asian, Indian, Mediterranean, Mexican, American, and a few pizza delivery places to boot. The quality is pretty good, and the prices are reasonable - especially at lunchtime.

5 College Freshman

Administration: Campus security is amazing. They are super helpful and always offer a ride if they see you walking to class. Even better, they don't bust parties if there is no hard alcohol and most things are in solo cups.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are options every Friday and Saturday night, especially at the off-campus houses on Hoxsey Street. These parties are all-inclusive; anyone can go. However, it's not at all the only thing to do at night. There are plenty of things to do every weekend, like Get Baked ( a baking club ), any of the infinitely many student performances, or snack bar at Paresky.

4 College Freshman

Campus Food: It's honestly really good for dining hall food, and there are many options for each meal. Snack bar is a godsend, and you can get anything from breakfast food to salads to sandwiches to pizza to nachos to fried food extraordinaire. However, they do tend to repeat meals, so sometimes it gets a bit boring.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The Freshman housing system is unparalleled. The entry system is, in a word, immaculate. It's easily my favorite part about Williams, and I know very few people who disagree with that. I don't know much about upperclassmen housing, but I know that almost all housing is desirable; there are very few bad options.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Williams is definitely not a party school, but booze is easily accessible and there are a lot of good looking, intelligent, interesting people so there's that.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Food: Dining services works extremely hard to provide students will quality meal options. There's pretty good variety and most dining halls are all you can eat so that's a plus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Very satisfied with my living arrangements.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There is limited off-campus housing but the rectory and meadow are great places to live especially if you want to be hosting parties.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Not too much variety. Subway or papa charlie's are always solid.

2 College Sophomore

Local Area: I feel completely stranded on campus with nothing to do outside of campus life.

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2 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm glad there's not Greek life but varsity sports sort of take on the role of Greek life. Many varsity athletes are snobby and look down on "nonners" saying you have no social life if you're not part of a sport.

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College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have not really made an effort to go to the Career Center but they try to do outreach a lot.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Academics are top notch. Teachers are amazing. Facilities are great. Class size is good, teacher interaction is really good. The actual students have terrible personalities and the sole interest seems to be going to the same party every weekend. Very privileged.

5 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Love Tim at financial aid. He's great.

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2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Same party every single day, music is a lot of bad EDM always. There's no variety in the kind of music played at all.

2 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Most people care only about partying and are really hollow. That's the mainstream culture of the school.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: There are a variety of room setups, and the housing process is fairly simple. The rooms are nice, most offer smaller private common areas in addition to larger common spaces to be used by the whole dorm. Dorms are clean, custodial staff is very nice, and not many students share a bathroom. WiFi is sketchy at times, but not terrible. Additionally, as it's a small school you normally end up knowing you neighbors and having friends that live near you, even if it is unintentional. In my opinion, housing at Williams is better than the housing offered at most other schools.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Students at Williams are generally attractive. Most students frequent the gym, whether they are athletes are not, and overall the student body is good looking.

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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.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I think the student body at Williams is representative of nearly all walks of life. While certain socioeconomic classes are certainly more represented than others, overall a variety of backgrounds are present on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Administration: If you're intelligent/responsible about what you are doing, you can do nearly anything you'd like.

2 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Since Williams is basically in the middle of nowhere, you really need a car if you want to travel anywhere off campus.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Technology: Computers were definitely available at school, but almost every I knew used their own laptop. School computers were good to use for running heavier programs like Stata for economics.

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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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