Transfer Applicants

Williams welcomes transfer applications from students with strong intellectual promise who’ll serve as leaders in the classroom and beyond, who’ll bring as much to the community as they’ll gain from it. Transfer students may apply for fall enrollment only; mid-year transfers are not permitted. Students will be informed of their class standing at the point of admission and prior to their enrollment. Those who enroll as first-semester juniors will select a major upon admission to the college.

Transfer Eligibility:

Transfer students must fulfill a two-year residency requirement, even if they have already completed more than four semesters of transferrable, full-time coursework. In order to apply for transfer admission, students must have earned at least one full semester equivalent (15 semester hours) at another college or university. Students are not eligible for admission if they have already received a bachelor’s degree.

Transfer Credit Guidelines:

  • Credit is awarded for courses taught in the Liberal Arts in which a grade of C- or above is obtained from an accredited college or university in the United States.
  • Credit is generally not awarded for pre-professional courses, including but not limited to business, engineering, computer application, journalism, speech, communications or criminal justice.
  • Williams does not accept math courses below the level of calculus.
  • Advanced Placement, International Baccalaureate, online courses or college coursework completed during high school may be used by academic departments for placement purposes. In some circumstances, major credit may be awarded, but degree credit is not.

Transfer Application Timeline:

  • Application Deadline: April 1
  • Admission Decision by: May 15
  • Student Reply Date: June 1

Application Requirements for Transfer Applicants:

  • Common Application or Coalition Application
  • SAT or ACT
    You can provide your scores in any of the following ways:

      1. Enter them in the testing section of the Common Application or Coalition Application.
      2. 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.
      3. Send them to us directly from the testing agency. The Williams SAT code is 3965 and ACT code is 1936.

    Please note that scores for all enrolling students will be verified and discrepancies between self-reported scores and official scores may jeopardize a student’s place at Williams.

  • Final High School Transcript
  • Transfer College Report
  • College Transcript
  • Two College Instructor Recommendations
  • $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 admission​@williams​.edu.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 Material

  • Williams Writing Supplement
  • 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.

*Please note that Williams does NOT use interviews in our admission process.

For students wishing to pursue an engineering degree, Williams has articulation agreements with Columbia University’s engineering program and Dartmouth’s Thayer School of Engineering. For more information see here.