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Reviews 213 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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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3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: The winter can be very cold and long, and it's often not nice until late April or May. However, it's what you sign up for when moving to New England.

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5 Recent Alumnus

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

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: All in all, dorms at Williams are pretty solid. That said, I realize that I personally would prefer to live off-campus -- most people do not feel this way.

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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Williamstown is small, so there are not many restaurants around. The ones there, though, are all decent.

4 College Junior

Transportation: Williamstown is a bit far from other major cities -- the closest large city is Albany, New York, which is forty minutes away. But there are relatively good transportation options. For local travel in the Williamstown area, Williams College has an agreement with the local transportation so that Williams College students get to ride the buses for free, which come frequently. For traveling farther, Williams provides weekend shuttles to Boston and New York.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus Safety is great -- they're relatively well-liked on campus.

3 College Junior

Weather: Winters are cold and long. The weather is pretty variable from day to day.

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5 College Junior

Drug Safety: Williams has a very welcoming culture regarding alcohol and drugs. If you're into it, great. If not, also great.

4 College Junior

Technology: Lots of solid computers to use, labs are never too crowded. You get plenty of free printing. The wireless network is okay -- it can be slow or unresponsive at times.

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).

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5 College Junior

Majors: I did research at Williams last summer. I grew a great deal as a thinker, and had a great time doing it.

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5 College Junior

Majors: I would do it again. I'm looking to go into a research career, and doing research at Williams was a great introduction.

3 College Freshman

Technology: There is no lack of school provided computers and technology on campus. Wifi can be spotty and sometimes shuts down randomly which can be a pain when streaming movies or downloading files for classes.

3 College Freshman

Campus Quality: Most of the facilities are more than adequate, especially the academic resources like the study centers and libraries. Athletic facilities are overall pretty impressive, and will be even more so after the new football stadium is completed. The fitness and weight rooms could be much better though.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The top notch academics, competative sports, lengthy history, and success of alumni make Williams a difficult school to compare against any other. The social scene is the only lacking aspect of life on campus when compared to a full size university, but the positives far outweigh any negatives, and most students find they have a consistently enjoyable time on the weekends.

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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.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Virtually everyone is fit at Williams.

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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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