Planning Your Visit to Campus

You can look at all the pictures you want, but nothing will give you a better sense of Williams than a visit to campus. Tour. Talk to people. Attend a class. Take in the extraordinary beauty of the place and experience a little of what makes our community so special.

The Office of Admission is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. throughout the year. From July through October, we’re open most Saturdays, too. Walk-ins are always welcome, but preregistration is strongly encouraged. Williams is an hour’s drive from Albany International Airport/Rensselaer Train Station and three hours from Boston and New York City. Information about traveling to and staying in Williamstown can be found here.

While there’s no “right” way to spend your time during your visit, here are some suggestions for how best to experience Williams.

Campus Visits

Campus Tour and Information Session

Campus tours and information sessions typically last about 75 minutes each and begin at the Office of Admission in Weston Hall. Our schedule changes throughout the year so please be sure to refer to the visit calendar when planning your visit.

Accessibility and Interpreters

Our goal is to make your visit to Williams as engaging and enjoyable as possible. To request a non-English language or ASL interpreter for a tour or information session, or if you have other requests, please contact us at least one week before your visit.

Attend a Class

If you visit during the academic year, feel free to sit in on a class. You can view daily class schedules here. While no formal registration is required, some professors request advance notice; please refer to this list to find out if this applies to a class you’d like to visit. Remember to arrive at least five minutes early, turn off your devices and introduce yourself to the professor. Please view our academic calendar to confirm that classes will be in session. In addition, since occasionally classes are canceled or held offsite, we recommend you choose multiple classes, just in case.

Stay Overnight

If you are interested in spending a night in a first-year entry, we are happy to host you during the fall of your senior year. Overnight visits can be scheduled Sunday through Thursday between September 15 and November 14, excluding the week of October 14. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate visits on Friday and Saturday evenings. Please register for your overnight here at least 10 days ahead of your visit.

Admitted students are also welcome to come for an overnight visit in the spring. Questions? Please email [email protected].

Take in a Campus or Local Event

Check out the campus event calendar or Destination Williamstown.

Group Visits

We are excited to welcome high school, college access organizations and counselor groups to campus. If you’ll be visiting with more than 10 students, please complete the group visit request form at least 10 days before your visit date. (Please note: Williams provides travel and meal stipends for college access organizations and Title I high schools. If you are interested in applying for a stipend, please specify this in your request form). Questions? Please contact [email protected].

Unfortunately, we are unable to offer campus tours to non-student groups and organizations, but we hope you’ll take advantage of our virtual tour, or take a self-guided tour during your visit.

Upcoming Admission Events

Windows on Williams (WOW)

Want to visit Williams but aren’t sure you can afford to? Windows on Williams (WOW) gives high school seniors the opportunity to spend three all-expenses-paid days at Williams. WOW is a selective program open to high school students in the U.S. and Puerto Rico; preference is given to high-achieving students who couldn’t otherwise afford to visit Williams.

WOW participants stay in dorms with current students, attend classes, meet with professors, and learn about our admission process and our extraordinary financial aid program. The 2019 WOW programs will be held September 19-21 and September 26-28. The 2019 WOW program is closed, but students who are admitted to the college will be considered for travel funding to attend our admitted student open house in the spring of 2020. Questions? Please email [email protected].

Can’t Visit?

If you aren’t able to visit, don’t worry. Our virtual tour will provide you with an overview of campus and a sense of what it’s like to spend four years here. And of course, students and admission officers are eager to answer your questions at any time. Never hesitate to be in touch!