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#849 of 14,131 In the World
#266 of 2,597 In North America
#237 of 2,496 In the United States
#13 of 88 In Massachusetts
#69 of 1,684 For Art History
Top50% For 99 other topics
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Acceptance rate
9%
Avg. cost to attend
$14,487 /y
Aid receiving
60%
Undergraduates
2,174
Graduates
50
Male:Female Ratio
47:53
Control
Private
not-for-profit
Highest Degree
Master's degree

Williams College Acceptance rate and admissions statistics

Williams College has an acceptance rate of 9% and is among the top 2% of the most difficult universities to gain admission to in the United States. The university reports the admission statistics without distinguishing between local and international students.

Total Men Women
Acceptance Rate 9% 9% 9%
Applicants 12,452 5,678 6,774
Admissions 1,099 516 583
Freshmen enrolled full time 574 264 310

Admissions requirements

Recommendations Required
Secondary school record Required
College-preparatory program Recommended
Secondary school GPA Considered but not required
Secondary school rank Considered but not required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Other Tests Neither required nor recommended
SAT/ACT Neither required nor recommended
TOEFL Neither required nor recommended

Enrollment demographics by race or ethnicity

White 1096 (49%)
Asian 289 (13%)
Hispanic 260 (12%)
Nonresident Alien 218 (10%)
Two or more races 144 (6%)
Race or Ethnicity unknown 113 (5%)
Black or African American 103 (5%)
American Indian or Alaska Native 1 (0%)

Costs per year: Tuition, Housing, Fees

The average net cost to attend Williams College is $14,487 per year, calculated as the sum of the average cost of tuition, room and board, books, and supplies, reduced by the amount of average financial aid received.

The final cost of attendance varies for each student based on household income, residency, program, and other factors.

Net average cost to attend
$14,487/year
Average aid awarded
$52,053
Students receiving aid
60%

Average costs by household income

<$30K $718
$30-48K $360
$48-75K $1,312
$75-110K $10,270
$110K+ $35,335

Tuition and fees

UndergraduatesGraduates
Tuition in-district $59,350$59,728
Tuition in-state $59,350$59,728
Tuition out-of-state $59,350$59,728
Fee in-district $310
Fee in-state $310
Fee out-of-state $310

Room and board costs

Dormitory capacity 2,045
Combined charge for room and board $15,000
Room charge $7,625
Meal charge $7,375

Williams College majors

Williams College has granted 456 bachelor's degrees across 32 programs and 14 master's in Art History, Criticism and Conservation. Below is a table with majors that lead to degrees at Williams College.

Major Bachelor Master
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics 82
Biology & Biological Sciences, General 54
Computer Science 41
Art & Art Studies, General 35
English Language and Literature, General 32
Chemistry, General 25
Mathematics, General 23
Political Science and Government, General 20
History, General 18
Psychology, General 16
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 14
American & United States Studies & Civilization 13
Environmental Studies 12
Geology & Earth Science, General 10
Philosophy 8
Physics, General 8
Chinese Language and Literature 7
Social Sciences, Other 7
Comparative Literature 6
Asian Studies & Civilization 5
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General 5
Near and Middle Eastern Studies 5
Astrophysics 4
Drama and Dramatics & Theatre Arts, General 3
Sociology, General 3
Statistics, General 3
French Language and Literature 2
Music, General 2
Spanish Language and Literature 2
Women's Studies 2
Anthropology, General 1
Japanese Language and Literature 1
Multi- & Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1
Grand Total 456 14

Williams College has a graduation rate of 94%, which is among the 3% highest for universities in the US.

Total Men Women
Graduation rate 94% 92% 96%
  • Full-time retention rate - 97%

Publications & Citations

Williams College has published 7,331 scientific papers with 195,710 citations received. The research profile covers a range of fields, including Liberal Arts & Social Sciences, Environmental Science, Biology, Political Science, Computer Science, Physics, Philosophy, Law, Engineering, and Sociology.

Publications
7,331
Citations
195,710

Publication / Citation count by topic

Liberal Arts & Social Sciences
4,514 / 102,825
Environmental Science
2,800 / 71,991
Biology
2,732 / 88,516
Political Science
2,523 / 47,584
Computer Science
2,455 / 88,290
Physics
2,341 / 80,587
Philosophy
2,314 / 46,819
Law
2,278 / 46,228
Engineering
2,130 / 72,120
Sociology
1,915 / 38,552
History
1,893 / 39,858
Medicine
1,802 / 51,631
Chemistry
1,733 / 51,676
Geography and Cartography
1,728 / 39,701
Psychology
1,548 / 51,744
Quantum and Particle physics
1,433 / 62,628
Economics
1,393 / 35,167
Mathematics
1,353 / 51,824
Geology
1,333 / 38,792
Ecology
1,261 / 41,909
Business
1,250 / 30,237
Archaeology
1,210 / 26,325
Art & Design
1,108 / 25,476
Linguistics
1,042 / 29,106
Paleontology
937 / 29,887
Genetics
909 / 30,313
Statistics
907 / 43,235
Biochemistry
831 / 27,503
Artificial Intelligence (AI)
799 / 22,833
Social Psychology
715 / 32,018
Materials Science
678 / 16,361
Organic Chemistry
607 / 13,195
Finance
592 / 13,424
Astrophysics and Astronomy
586 / 10,678
Development Studies
559 / 15,384
Neuroscience
559 / 21,530
Demography
556 / 14,079
Psychiatry
497 / 20,847
Theology / Divinity / Religious studies
474 / 4,964
Optical Engineering
470 / 13,819

Annual publication & citation counts

Year Publications Citations
1990 88 434
1991 95 678
1992 75 590
1993 81 584
1994 71 771
1995 94 762
1996 97 974
1997 83 1124
1998 98 1321
1999 120 1575
2000 144 1991
2001 111 2411
2002 124 2976
2003 133 3024
2004 174 3579
2005 158 4390
2006 172 4978
2007 207 5446
2008 206 6407
2009 210 6934
2010 196 7719
2011 228 8386
2012 206 9016
2013 194 9156
2014 188 9568
2015 260 9812
2016 249 9755
2017 243 9523
2018 258 9682
2019 288 10721
2020 358 12442
2021 334 14957
2022 262 12054
Academic rankings

Williams College alumni

  1. James A. Garfield

    James A. Garfield
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1831-1881 (aged 50)
    Occupations
    writerstatespersonmilitary officerpoliticianlawyer
    Biography

    James Abram Garfield was the 20th president of the United States, serving from March 1881 until his assassination in September 1881. A lawyer and Civil War general, Garfield served nine terms in the United States House of Representatives and is, to date, the only sitting member of the House to be elected president. Before his candidacy for the White House, he had been elected to the U.S. Senate by the Ohio General Assembly—a position he declined when he became president-elect.

  2. Stephen Sondheim

    Stephen Sondheim
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1930-2021 (aged 91)
    Enrolled in Williams College
    Studied in 1950
    Occupations
    composerpoetdramaturgescreenwritermusician
    Biography

    Stephen Joshua Sondheim was an American composer and lyricist. One of the most important figures in 20th-century musical theater, Sondheim is credited for having "reinvented the American musical" with shows that tackle "unexpected themes that range far beyond the [genre's] traditional subjects" with "music and lyrics of unprecedented complexity and sophistication". His shows address "darker, more harrowing elements of the human experience", with songs often tinged with "ambivalence" about various aspects of life. He was known for his frequent collaborations with Hal Prince and James Lapine on the Broadway stage.

  3. Wang Leehom

    Wang Leehom
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1976-.. (age 47)
    Occupations
    guitaristfilm directorsongwriteractorsinger
    Biography

    Wang Leehom, sometimes credited as Leehom Wang, is an American singer-songwriter, actor, producer, and film director. Formally trained at Eastman School of Music, Williams College and Berklee College of Music, his music is known for fusing hip-hop and R&B, with traditional Chinese music (Beijing opera, Kunqu, Chinese orchestra, and tribal music from Tibet, Yunan, and Mongolia). Since his 1995 debut, Wang has released 25 albums, that have sold over 60 million copies. He is a four-time winner and 19-time nominee of the Golden Melody Awards, the "Grammys" of Chinese music. His sold-out concert at the 90,000 seat Beijing Bird's Nest on April 14, 2012 was the first solo pop concert to be held at the iconic venue. With over 72 million followers on social media, Wang is one of the most followed celebrities in China (peaked as #1 most followed person in China's social media in 2014). In 2018, CNN dubbed him "King of Chinese Pop" and the LA Times called him "the biggest American star America has never heard of." Wang was listed as one of Goldsea's "The 100 Most Inspiring Asian Americans of All Time."

  4. David Strathairn

    David Strathairn
    Born in
    United States Flag United States
    Years
    1949-.. (age 74)
    Occupations
    television actorfilm produceractorfilm actorstage actor
    Biography

    David Russell Strathairn is an American actor. Known for his leading roles on stage and screen, he has often portrayed historical figures such as Edward R. Murrow, J. Robert Oppenheimer, William H. Seward, and John Dos Passos. He has received various accolades including an Independent Spirit Award, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Volpi Cup, and has been nominated for an Academy Award, a BAFTA Award, two Golden Globe Awards, and four Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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General info

Alternative names William College
Williams College
Williams
Wiliams College
Wiliams
William
Founded 1793
Motto E liberalitate E. Williams, armigeri
Through the Generosity of E. Williams, Esquire
Colors purple
Academic calendar September to May (September - December; January; February-May)
Total FTE staff 1,139
Carnegie classification Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus

Location and contacts

Address 880 Main St
Williamstown, Massachusetts, 01267
United States
City population 8,000
Phone 4135973131

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