The real deal: Williams is one of the most selective colleges in the country. We admit fewer than one in five applicants. The real deal, part two: We’re not just looking for top scores and impressive accolades. We want creative thinkers, diverse perspectives, and people who’ll bring as much to the community as they’ll gain from it.
Williams accepts the Common Application, the Coalition Application, and the QuestBridge application. We have NO preferred application. Please apply using the application that is most comfortable for you, your counselors, and your recommenders.
High School Preparation
Applicants to Williams should pursue the strongest program of study offered by their secondary schools. While there are no absolute requirements for admission, competitive candidates typically study English, math, natural science, foreign language and social studies in four-year sequences and present a distinguished record throughout their secondary school career.
While the academic record is the most important factor in the admission process, we seek students who will serve as leaders not only in the classroom, but in the community at large. To that end, we also consider candidates’ non-academic involvements and achievements at school and in their communities. A strong co-curricular record might reflect a wide range of talents and achievements or distinguished accomplishment in just one or a few areas.
To gain a better sense of students who’ve been admitted to Williams over the past four years, check out our Student Profile.
Early Decision and Regular Decision
First-year applicants for whom Williams is their first-choice college may apply under the binding Early Decision program. Early Decision applicants may submit an Early Decision application to only one institution and if admitted under Early Decision are expected to withdraw all other college applications and to initiate no new applications.
First-year applicants who wish to apply to more than one college should apply under the non-binding Regular Decision plan. The majority of applicants apply under Regular Decision and if admitted, have until May 1 to accept their place in the class. Acceptances are always contingent upon the applicant finishing the school year in good standing.
Early Decision Timeline:
Regular Decision Timeline:
- Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application
- Early Decision Agreement Form (Early Decision applicants ONLY)
- SAT or ACT
Scores should be sent to Williams directly from the testing agency. The Williams SAT code is 3965 and ACT code is 1936. If sending a score report from the testing agency poses a financial hardship, please take a screenshot of your score report and email it to [email protected]. Please note that we cannot process test scores submitted on a high school transcript.
- School Report
- Counselor Recommendation
- Two Teacher Recommendations
- Mid-Year Report (Due February 10, 2017)
If your school is on a trimester system, please send your second trimester grades once they are available.
- $65 Application Fee or Fee Waiver
If the application fee poses a financial hardship, a fee waiver can be requested on the Common Application or the Coalition Application. Fee waivers are also available for the CSS PROFILE by emailing [email protected]. Williams actively seeks the most exceptional candidates regardless of financial need; therefore, applying for a fee waiver will NOT disadvantage your application in any way.
Optional Application Materials
- Williams Writing Supplement
- Visual/Performing Arts Portfolio
If you have a well-developed talent in the arts, samples of your work can be submitted via SlideRoom for review by Williams faculty.
- Scientific Research Abstracts
If you have pursued significant scientific or mathematics research and are considering a research or academic career, we welcome brief descriptions of your work. Materials can be submitted via your application, or by email to [email protected].
*Please note that Williams does NOT use interviews in our admission process. While 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.
*If you would like to submit an update to your application for admission, please email the update to [email protected].
Information About the New SAT
The new SAT exam consists of two sections, each graded on an 800-point scale, and an optional essay. Williams does NOT require the optional essay.
Williams will accept scores from the old SAT and the new SAT. For applicants who wish to send scores from both exams, we will use concordance tables to determine which exam places you in the best standing in our evaluation process. We will NOT superscore across the old and new SAT, but will consider the highest testing results reported for each version of the test.
Williams College is dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive community in which members of all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive. In compliance with state and federal law, Williams does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry, or military service.
Williams College reports this information in accordance with Uniform Crime Reporting procedures and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. A paper copy of this report can be obtained by contacting Campus Safety & Security at (413) 597-4444.