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. Learn more about life at Williams here.

Transfer students may apply for fall enrollment only; we do not accept mid-year transfers. Students will be informed of their class standing at the point of admission. Those who enroll as first-semester juniors will select a major upon matriculation. Students are not eligible for admission if they have already received a bachelor’s degree. For more information about transfer eligibility and transferable credit, please see our Transfer FAQ page.

Want to visit Williams but aren’t sure you can afford to? The Williams travel grant program offers prospective transfer students the opportunity to apply for an all-expenses-paid visit to campus at a time that works best for their schedule. This selective program is available to all prospective transfer students and U.S. military veterans in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Interested students are encouraged to apply for the program here. Questions? Please email Alex DiAddezio, assistant director of admission.

Transfer Eligibility:

  • Students with one year or more of full-time college coursework completed or in process should apply as transfers. Students with less than one year of full-time college coursework are encouraged to apply as first-years. Regardless of how you apply, college credit may be considered for course placement.
  • Williams students must fulfill a two-year residency requirement, so transfer students will be granted a maximum of two years’ worth of credit. Students who have earned more than two years of transferable credit must relinquish credit in order to meet the residency requirement, but they may still use that credit for course placement.
  • Note: While our standard transfer policy is stated above, we understand that your own experience might fall somewhere outside these parameters. If you’re unsure of how to apply and are looking for guidance, please know that we’re available to help.

Transfer Credit Guidelines:

  • Credit is only awarded for courses taught in the Liberal Arts in which a grade of C- or above is obtained from an accredited college or university.
  • 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 accepts math courses at the level of calculus and above.
  • 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: March 1
  • Admission Decision by: April 15
  • Student Reply Date: June 1

Application Requirements for Transfer Applicants:

  • Common Application or Coalition Application
  • SAT or ACT
    We require either the SAT or ACT and are happy to receive 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.

    Occasionally, in special circumstances, we will waive the standardized testing requirement. If you would like to discuss a testing waiver, please let us know.

    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
  • No Application Fee 
    We do NOT have an application fee for transfer applicants. Fee waivers are available for the CSS PROFILE and can be accessed here. 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.
  • Supplemental Recommendations
    Did you spend a year or more away from a formal academic setting? We encourage you to include additional letters of recommendation from military leadership, work supervisors, or others who wish to add information to your application.

*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.