Open House

We invite you and your family to join us on Friday, August 10, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for our annual Admission Open House. Students, faculty, and staff will be here to welcome you and answer your questions about life at Williams.

Please register for Open House by Friday, August 3. If you’d like to request a non-English language or ESL interpreter for any part of the day, please let us know.

We look forward to seeing you in Williamstown this summer!

Schedule of Events: Friday, August 10, 2018

8 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Registration
’62 Center for Theatre and Dance (Lobby)
9:00–10:00 a.m. Information Session
’62 Center for Theatre and Dance (MainStage)
Campus Tours
Depart from the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance (Lobby)
Sample Classes (Students Only)
Please arrive five minutes early, turn off cellphones, and stay for the entire class.

  • Pythagoras at the Bat: An Introduction to Stats and Modeling
    Thompson Physics (205)
    Steven Miller, Professor of Mathematics
  • Painting Empire: Diego Velázquez’s Las Meninas
    Griffin Hall (7)
    Kailani Polzak, Assistant Professor of Art
10:15– 11:15 a.m. Building an Inclusive Community: Perspectives From Across Campus
Weston Hall (Presentation Room)
Shawna Patterson-Stephens, Director of The Davis Center
Marlene Sandstrom, Dean of the College, Hales Professsor of Psychology
Tour of the New Science Center
Meet at the Schow Science Center (Lobby)
Sample Classes (Students Only)
Please arrive five minutes early, turn off cellphones, and stay for the entire class.

  • Why Am I Hungry: The Biology of Appetite and Appetite Suppression
    Thompson Physics (205)
    Matt Carter, Assistant Professor of Biology
  • Don Quixote and the Path to Reading the First Page*
    Griffin Hall (7)
    Leyla Rouhi, Preston S. Parish ’41 Third Century Professor of Romance Languages

*Please read this excerpt in preparation for this class.

11:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. Financial Aid: The Real Story
Weston Hall (Presentation Room)
Ashley Bianchi, Director of Financial Aid
Campus Tours
Depart from the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance (Lobby)
Performing Arts at Williams: Tour of ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance and Bernhard Music Center
Meet in Chapin Hall
11:30 a.m.–1:30 p.m. Complimentary Buffet Lunch
Chapin Lawn
1–2 p.m.
Preparing to Launch: Career Exploration and Experiential Learning
Weston Hall (Presentation Room)
Don Kjelleren, Director of the ’68 Center for Career Exploration
Allisa Miller, Science and Health Professions Coordinator
Paula Consolini, Adam Falk Director of the Center for Learning in Action
Campus Tours
Depart from the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance (Lobby)
Sample Classes (Students Only)
Please arrive five minutes early, turn off cellphones, and stay for the entire class.

  • The Ocean’s Role in Climate
    Thompson Physics (205)
    Mea Cook, Chair and Associate Professor of Geosciences
  • The Constitution, the Supreme Court, and the Interpretive Dilemma*
    Griffin Hall (7)
    Justin Crowe, Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of Leadership Studies

*Please read this case in preparation for class.

2:15– 3:15 p.m.
Information Session
’62 Center for Theatre and Dance (MainStage)
Visual Arts at Williams: Tour of Williams College Museum of Art and Spencer Art Studio
Meet at the Williams College Museum of Art (Lobby)
Sample Classes (Students Only)
Please arrive five minutes early, turn off cellphones, and stay for the entire class.

  • The Brain: A User Manual
    Thompson Physics (205)
    Noah Sandstrom, Professor of Psychology, Chair of Neuroscience Program
  • The Nature of Narrative
    Griffin Hall (7)
    Gail Newman, Harold J. Henry Professor of German and Comparative Literature
3:30–4:30 p.m. Research Opportunities in Math and Science
Thompson Chemistry (Wege Auditorium)
Research Opportunities in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Weston Hall (Presentation Room)
Campus Tours
Depart from the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance (Lobby)
3:30–5 p.m. Williams Summer Science Research Program: Student Poster Session
Schow Science Library

Financial aid officers will be available from 1:004:30 p.m. for individual conversations. If you have not already scheduled a meeting and would like to, please call 413.597.4181 or stop by the Office of Financial Aid when you are on campus. They are located in Weston Hall on the third floor.

For Families:

Sample classes are for students only, but family members are welcome to attend all other events throughout the day. Below are some additional suggestions for things to do and places to visit while in town for Open House. Please note that the Clark Art Institute and Mass MoCA will honor the complimentary vouchers we have provided for you.