Veteran Applicants

Williams encourages applications from individuals who’ve actively served in the United States Military. We are also a proud partner with Service to School (S2S). S2S is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which provides free application counseling, peer-to-peer guidance, and networking support to all U.S. military service members and veterans. Its mission is to help every transitioning military veteran gain admission to the best college or graduate school possible. These services are provided at no cost to the applicant.

Want to visit Williams but aren’t sure you can afford to? The Williams travel grant program offers U.S. military veterans the opportunity to apply for an all-expenses-paid visit to campus at a time that works best for their schedule. Travel grant participants are able to experience campus life, attend classes, meet with professors, and learn about our admission process and extraordinary financial aid program. 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.

For veterans returning from service, applying to college can sometimes feel overwhelming, and we stand ready to advise and aid throughout the process. Please contact Alex DiAddezio to discuss any special circumstances, and to help you determine whether Williams might represent the best educational fit for you.

Application Materials

You may apply either as a first-year or a transfer student, depending on the amount of college coursework you’ve completed. Please consult the Transfer Applicants section to determine the best option for you. For transfers, the college registrar will determine how much credit will be awarded for work completed at other institutions.

For us to consider your application, we need transcripts for all of your secondary and post-secondary academic work, including any coursework you may have completed during service. We take a holistic approach to the admission process, and will evaluate each application—including these transcripts—in context, taking into account any time that may have elapsed since enrollment.

We understand that military service can result in gaps in educational enrollment. If service has taken you away from academic work for more than two years, we recommend that you enroll in challenging college level courses prior to submitting a formal application. Military service builds capacities in men and women that would enrich any institution, but Williams also represents a highly rigorous academic environment. Successful completion of post-secondary course work will provide us with the most recent picture of your academic abilities and the best evidence of your potential for academic success.

Our standard applications for admission—the Common Application or Coalition Application—may not accurately capture all of your individual interests and experiences, so please be sure to describe your unique circumstances in the additional information section or by submitting supplementary materials.

An application fee waiver is available for all veterans and can be requested on the Coalition Application and the Common Application. If you’d benefit from a fee waiver for the CSS PROFILE, please just let us know and we’ll be happy to provide one.


Community is central to the Williams ethos and experience and, therefore, we guarantee campus housing for all students all four years. We are committed to providing student veterans with housing that works best for them. A variety of on-campus housing options are available, and off-campus housing within close walking distance of campus is available in certain circumstances. Regardless of living location, veterans find themselves connected to campus life and engaged with the Williams community. If you have specific questions about housing, please contact Carolina.

Financial Aid and Yellow Ribbon

We consider the applications of all U.S. military veterans without regard to their ability to pay and promise to meet 100 percent of each admitted student’s demonstrated financial need for four years. In many cases, this may well exceed the aid provided by veterans’ benefit programs.

Student veterans have the option to activate their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits toward the cost of attendance at Williams, or to defer their benefits and have their full demonstrated need met through a combination of federal, state, private and institutional funds.

Veterans who elect to use their Post-9/11 GI Bill benefits are permitted to keep all of their Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH) with the expectation that it be used toward additional living and personal expenses incurred because of their unique status as veterans. More detailed information on available financial aid, including our participation in the Yellow Ribbon Program, is available on our financial aid site.