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 daily class schedules for the spring term here. Remember to arrive at least five minutes early to the class, introduce yourself to the professor, and turn off your phone. Please view our academic calendar to confirm that classes will be in session. In addition, since occasionally classes are cancelled or held offsite, we recommend you choose multiple classes to attend, just in case.
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. Students who have been admitted to Williams are welcome to request an overnight visit in the spring. Questions? Please email [email protected].
Take in a Campus or Local Event
We are excited to welcome high school, middle school, and college access organization 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
Admission Open House
We invite you and your family to join us on Friday, August 9, 2019 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. Check back here for a schedule and registration link.
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. There are two application deadlines: July 1 and August 1. Regardless of when you apply, you’ll have the opportunity to select which WOW program you want to attend. You can apply for WOW here. Questions? Please email [email protected].
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!