Open House

We invite you and your family to join us on Friday, August 11, 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 be sure to register online for the Open House by Friday, August 4. 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!

Tentative Schedule of Events: Friday, August 11, 2017

8 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Registration
’62 Center for Theatre and Dance (Lobby)
8:30–9:30 a.m. 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.

  • Big Rocks and Big Ideas: Student Research on the Edge
    Clark Hall (105)
    Ronadh Cox, Chair and Professor of Geoscience
  • What Now? The Middle East in the Age of Trump
    Thompson Biology (112)
    Magnus Bernhardsson, Professor of History
9:45– 10:45 a.m. Admission Information Session
’62 Center for Theatre and Dance (MainStage)
Sample Classes (Students Only)
Please arrive five minutes early, turn off cellphones, and stay for the entire class.

  • From M&Ms to Mathematics, or, How I Learned to Answer Questions and Love Math
    Thompson Chemistry (Wege Auditorium)
    Steven Miller, Associate Professor of Mathemetics
  • (In)Conspicuous Consumption: Popular Culture and Black Female Commodification
    Griffin Hall (6)
    Rhon Manigault-Bryant, Associate Dean of the Faculty and Associate Professor of Africana Studies

Tour of Sawyer Library
Sawyer Library (Lobby)

11 a.m.– Noon Campus Tours
Depart from the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance (Lobby)
Financial Aid: The Real Story
’62 Center for Theatre and Dance (MainStage)
Paul Boyer, Director of Financial Aid
Visual Arts at Williams: Tour of Williams College Museum of Art and Spencer Art Studio
Meet at the Williams College Museum of Art
Noon– 1:30 p.m. Complimentary Buffet Lunch
Chapin Lawn
1–2 p.m.
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
Depart from the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance (Lobby)
Preparing for Life After Williams
’62 Center for Theatre and Dance (MainStage)
Mike O’Connor, Associate Director of the Career Center
Paula Consolini, Director of the Center for Learning in Action
Sample Classes (Students Only)
Please arrive five minutes early, turn off cellphones, and stay for the entire class.

  • Greek Art and the Gods
    Lawrence Hall (231)
    Guy Hedreen, Professor of Art
  • The Constitution, the Supreme Court, and the Interpretive Dilemma
    Griffin Hall (6)
    Justin Crowe, Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair of Leadership Studies
    *Please read this article in preparation for class.
2:15– 3:15 p.m.
Admission Information Session
’62 Center for Theatre and Dance (MainStage)
Sample Classes (Students Only)
Please arrive five minutes early, turn off cellphones, and stay for the entire class.

  • Introductory Workshop in Fiction
    Griffin Hall (6)
    Karen Shepard, Senior Lecturer in English
  • To Eat or Not to Eat: The Science of Hunger and Fullness
    Thompson Chemistry (Wege Auditorium)
    Matt Carter, Assistant Professor of Biology

Tour of the Class of 1966 Environmental Center
Class of 1966 Environmental Center (Lobby)

3:30–4:30 p.m. Campus Tours
Depart from the ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance (Lobby)
Research Opportunities in Math and Science
Thompson Chemistry (Room 123, Wege Auditorium)
Research Opportunities in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Weston Hall (Presentation Room)
3:30–5 p.m. Summer Science Research: Student Poster Session
Schow Science Library

Financial aid officers will be available from 1:304:30 p.m. for 15-minute one-on-one conversations. You can schedule a meeting time when you register for Open House.

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 on campus for Open House: