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.

Planning your Visit to Campus

The Office of Admission is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. throughout the year. From July through October, we’re open most Saturdays, too. Walk-ins are always welcome, but preregistration is strongly encouraged. 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 here.

While there’s no “right” way to spend your time during your visit, here are some suggestions for how best to experience Williams:

Campus Tour and Information Session

Campus tours and information sessions typically last about 75 minutes each and begin at the Office of Admission in Weston Hall. Our schedule changes throughout the year so please be sure to refer to the visit calendar when planning your visit.

If you would like to request an interpreter for a tour or information session, please contact us at least one week before your visit and we will do our best to accommodate you.

Attend a Class

If you visit during the academic year, feel free to sit in on a class. You can view a schedule of classes here. Please arrive at least five minutes early, introduce yourself to the professor, and turn off your phone.

Spend the Night

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. Questions? Please email overnight@williams.edu.

Take in a Campus or Local Event

Check out the campus event calendar or Destination Williamstown.

Summer One-on-One Conversations

We are happy to speak with rising high school seniors during the summer. These conversations are entirely non-evaluative and play no role in our admission decisions. To schedule a one-on-one conversation with an admission officer, please complete the online request form at least seven days before you plan to visit. A limited number of appointments are available each day. If you need assistance, please contact Terri Melville at tmelvill@williams.edu or 413.597.2214.

Large Group Visits

We are excited to welcome high school, middle school, and community-based organization groups to campus. If you’ll be visiting with 10 or more students, please complete the group visit request form at least 10 days before your visit date. Questions? Please contact groupvisits@williams.edu.

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer campus tours to non-student groups and organizations, but we hope you’ll take advantage of our virtual tour, or take a self-guided tour during your visit.

Upcoming Admission Events

Open House

We invite you and your family to join us on Friday, August 12, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for our annual Admission Open House. Students, faculty, and staff will be here to welcome you to our community and answer your questions about life at Williams.

Windows on Williams (WOW)

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. The dates for this year’s WOW program are September 22-24 and October 13-15.

You can access the WOW application here. Questions? Please email WOW@williams.edu.

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!