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.

Upcoming Admission Events

Admission Open House

We invite you and your family to join us on Friday, August 10, 2018 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for our Admission Open House. Students, faculty and staff will be here to welcome you and answer your questions about life at Williams. You can learn more about our Admission Open House and register for the program here.

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 2018 WOW programs will be held September 20-22 and September 30-October 2.

You can apply for WOW here. Questions? Please email [email protected].

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 ESL interpreter for a tour or information session, or if you have other requests, please contact us at least one week before your visit.

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, are entirely non-evaluative, and play no role in our admission decisions.

Questions? Email Terri Melville or call 413.597.2214.

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. There is no need to preregister, but please arrive at least five minutes early, introduce yourself to the professor, and turn off your phone. Please view our academic calendar to confirm that classes will be in session.

Stay Overnight

If you are interested in spending the night in a first-year entry, we are happy to host you during the fall of your senior year. Please check back this summer for more information about scheduling a fall overnight visit.

Questions? Please email [email protected].

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.

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!