Planning Your Visit to Campus

Please Note: Williams College and the Office of Admission will be closed on July 31August 14 and August 19. We will not offer campus tours or information sessions on these dates. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope you will visit another day!

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 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 ESL 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 a schedule of classes here. Please arrive at least five minutes early, introduce yourself to the professor, and turn off your phone.

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 10 and November 16, excluding the week of October 8. Unfortunately, we are unable to accommodate visits on Friday and Saturday evenings. Admitted students are also welcome to come for an overnight visit in the spring.

You can access the registration page for overnight visits here.

Questions? Please email [email protected].

Summer One-on-One Conversations

We are happy to speak one-on-one with rising high school seniors during the summer. To schedule a conversation with an admission officer, please complete the online request form at least seven days before you plan to visit, as a limited number of appointments are available each day. Please note that these conversations are not required, entirely non-evaluative, and play no role in our admission decisions.

If you need assistance, please contact Terri Melville at [email protected] or 413.597.2214.

Take in a Campus or Local Event

Check out the campus event calendar or Destination Williamstown.

Large Group Visits

We are excited to welcome high school, middle school, and community-based organization groups to campus. If you’ll be visiting with 10 or more students, please complete the group visit request form at least 10 days before your visit date. 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)

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 dates for this year’s WOW program are September 21-23 and October 12-14.

The 2017 WOW application is now closed. 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, admission officers are eager to answer your questions at any time. Never hesitate to be in touch!