Visit

You can look at all the pictures you want, but nothing will give you a better sense of Williams than a visit to campus. Tour. Talk to people. Attend a class. Take in the extraordinary beauty of the place and experience a little of what makes our community so special.

Campus Tours and Information Sessions

The Office of Admission is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm throughout the year and from July through October, we’re open most Saturdays, too. Campus tours and information sessions begin at the Office of Admission (no need to pre-register). The tour and information session schedule changes throughout the year so please be sure to refer to the visit calendar when planning your visit. Tours and information sessions typically last about 75 minutes each.

In addition to participating in a campus tour and information session, we encourage you to further explore the Williams community by attending a class and taking in a campus event while you’re here.

Summer One-on-One Conversations

While we are happy to speak with rising high school seniors during the summer, these conversations are entirely non-evaluative and play absolutely no part in our admission decisions. To learn more about scheduling an appointment with an admission officer, please contact Terri Melville at 413.597.2211. Please note that a limited number of appointments are available.

Windows on Williams

Windows on Williams (WOW) gives high school seniors the opportunity to spend three all-expenses-paid days at Williams. WOW is a selective program open to high school students in the U.S. and Puerto Rico; preference is given to high-achieving students who couldn’t otherwise afford to visit Williams.

WOW participants stay in dorms with current students, attend classes, meet with professors, and learn about our admission process and our extraordinary financial aid program.

You can access the WOW application here.

Questions? Please email WOW@williams.edu.

Overnight Visits

If you are interested in spending a night in a first-year entry, we are happy to host you during the fall of your senior year. Overnight visits are available Sunday through Thursday between September 13th and November 19th, excluding the week of October 11. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate visits on Friday and Saturday evenings. Admitted students are also welcome to come for an overnight visit in the spring.

You can access the registration page for overnight visits by clicking here.

Questions? Please email overnight@williams.edu.

Attend a Class

If you visit during the academic year, feel free to sit in on a class. The Office of Admission can provide a schedule of courses or you may want to choose ahead of time. Please arrive 10 minutes before class begins, turn your cell phone off before entering, introduce yourself to the professor, and stay for the entire class. Please remember that you are a guest in an ongoing class.

Getting to Campus

Williams is an hour’s drive from Albany International Airport/Rensselaer Train Station and three hours from Boston and New York City. Information about traveling to and staying in Williamstown can be found at williams.edu/visitors/.

Can’t Visit?

If you aren’t able to visit, don’t worry. Our virtual tour will provide you with an overview of campus and a sense of what it’s like to spend four years here. And of course, students and admission officers are eager to answer your questions at any time. Never hesitate to be in touch!