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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 Sophomore

Campus Quality: The three main things that set Williams apart from other schools are our entries/JAs, our tutorials, and Winter study. Entries are groups of about 20 freshmen who are picked to live together. They are designed specially to be as diverse in terms of interests, socioeconomics, and cultures as is the larger student body. These become most students' first friends and are there to be whatever the students wants them to be. JAs, or Junior Advisors, are two unpaid Juniors who opted to live with and mentor the freshman for a whole year. They do not have any disciplinary power but are there, instead, to ease the transition into college life. Tutorials are classes that are composed of only 2 students and a professor. They are offered in every subject and consist of weekly meetings where students alternate either creating a work of some sort (a paper, a song, a computer program, etc.), and critiquing that of the other student. Winter study is our J-term where students each take 1, usually unorthodox class and have a lot more time to socialize and do activities around campus than they normally do.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Williams is beautiful in a modernist way. Although the lack of stereotypical gothic architecture is noticeable, the fall foliage, hundreds of acres of forest, and mountains in every direction probably make up for it. Relatively new facilities include the student center, the science library, part of the athletic center, the center for performing arts, and a number of other academic buildings. Although our main library is kind of an eyesore, a new one is currently being built to replace it. Clubs and student organizations play a large role in running the school and almost everyone can find a few to get involved in if they look.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: The buildings are mostly nice and taken care of. The academic buildings are in top shape. Some of the dorms aren't fantastic, but others are. If you're there over the summer, know that the dorms don't have AC.

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Want to have a special facility for basket-weaving and knot-tying? Just ask. Williams will provide the space, the equipment, and the materials. Luckily, most Williams facilities support activities that are much more meaningful than the ones aforementioned.

It is reasonable to say that Williams students achieve good, if not excellent, results in many areas, including theater. The comfort of a well-designed and maintained facility helps people become better at what they do, whether it is playing the flute or kickboxing.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
450 acres
Student Centers
Paresky Center
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
  • 1914 Library
  • Archives and Special Collections Library
  • Chapin Library of Rare Books
  • Sawyer Library
  • Schow Science Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Baxter Snack Bar
  • Goodrich Coffee Bar
  • Paresky Snack Bar
Bar on Campus
The Red Herring
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Eco Café in Schow Library
  • Goodrich Coffee Bar
  • Tunnelcity Coffee
Movie Theater on Campus
Images Cinema.
  • Ivy Planting: At graduation, a member of the graduating class plants ivy next to a wall or a building.
  • Junior Advisors: JAs are like RAs, only awesome. When you're a frosh at Williams, you are assigned an entry that consists of 20 fellow frosh and two JAs. These JAs are there to guide you, comfort you, and teach you the ways of Williams.)
  • Mountain Day: On one of the first three Fridays of October, the College president e-mails the entire student body while WOC members run through dorms banging pots and pans and Thompson Chapel bells ring. On this day all classes are canceled, and there are hikes-or a bus if you're a wimp-to the top of Mount Greylock where adventurers are greeted with an a capella concert, a DJ, and cider.
  • The Mountains: The College alma mater, composed by Williams graduate Washington Gladden, puts the setting of Williams into words.
  • Watch Dropping: Also at graduation, a watch is dropped from the top of the college chapel. If the watch breaks, the graduating class will be lucky.
Urban Legends
  • Have people had sex in the two-level monkey carrels in Sawyer Library? One witness told me he has seen lesbian sex. What remains a mystery is how the library workers, who are all eyes and ears, did not see it. Another Sawyer legend has it that students hid in the library and slept there after security locked up all the doors.
  • The health center is also known for giving out free condoms. But some will tell you, and others will confirm, that those condoms break. For those who spent most of their time hiding from the noisy air-conditioner in Sawyer library, this is just a legend.
  • The Williams Snack Bar staff are among the campus's urban legends. When students see them wearing normal clothes, they usually react like they just saw Star Trek officers wearing jeans. The amount of work that these people do with a smile on their face rivals even the hours the geekiest math major spends in the library.
Favorite Things To Do
Chill in the Snack Bar, swim in the pool between 5 and 7 p.m., or walk in Hopkins Forest, party, lay in Cole Field and watch the stars, go skinny dipping in the Green River, take advantage of the ridiculous amount of free opportunities on campus (i.e. free professional workshops/lectures/performances). Hang out in Paresky, watch free movies in Bronfman auditorium on a screen bigger than the one at Images Cinema, hang with friends in common rooms, explore the outdoors, or party anywhere on campus.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Activities Offered
  • Choral groups
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: No
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: No
Did You Know?
The Williams College libraries hold over 800,000 volumes, and as a member of the Boston Library Consortium, have access to borrowing more than 20 million volumes from other libraries.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 19 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 7 responses

  • 32% Mountain Day
  • 21% The Mountains
  • 16% Junior Advisors
  • 16% Homecoming
  • 16% Spring Fling
  • 0% Ivy Planting
  • 0% Watch Dropping

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 5 responses

  • 45% Talking to friends in Paresky
  • 18% Hiking
  • 18% Go to the local coffee shop
  • 9% Go to the gym
  • 9% Studying in the new, state-of-the art library

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 5 responses

  • 40% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 20% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 40% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 19 responses

  • 53% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 47% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 0% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 0% I hate my school and have no school spirit.


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