Prepared by the Williams College Office of Communications, March 2013.
Data supplied by 2012-2013 Common Data Set, Course catalog, Williams College IPEDS reports.
Established in 1793 with funds bequeathed by Colonel Ephraim Williams, the college is private, residential, and liberal arts, with graduate programs in the history of art and in development economics. The undergraduate enrollment is approximately 2,000 students.
The student-faculty ratio is 7:1.
Williams admits U.S. students without regard to their ability to pay. The college meets 100 percent of every admitted student’s demonstrated financial need for four years. More than half of all Williams students receive financial aid from the college.
There are three academic divisions (languages and the arts, social sciences, and science and mathematics) that encompass 25 departments, 35 majors, and several concentrations and special programs. The academic year consists of two four-course semesters plus a one-course January term.
Fraternities were phased out beginning in 1962. Coeducation was adopted in 1970.
The school color is purple. The mascot is the Purple Cow. Sports teams are called “Ephs.”
Williamstown is located in the Berkshires in northwestern Massachusetts, 135 miles from Boston and 165 miles from New York City.
Adam F. Falk
Ph.D. (1991) Harvard
Total number of instructional faculty: 334
Tenured faculty as a percentage of total faculty: 61%
Percent of the faculty with doctorates or other terminal degrees: 92%
Enrollment (Fall 2012)
Undergraduate Non-U.S. enrollment: 7%
Undergraduate U.S. minority enrollment: 36%
Class of 2016 Admission Statistics
Percent admitted: 17.0%
Early decision as % of entering class: 44%
American students of color: 38%
Geographically, New York is the largest state represented, followed by Massachusetts and California.
2013-14 Comprehensive Fee
Board, room, & fees: $12,570
Study away fee (as applicable): $1,500
Class of 2016 Financial Aid Statistics
Percent receiving Williams aid: 53%
Average financial aid award: $44,508
Range of awards: $5,100 – $61,400
Range of family income of students assisted: $0 – $251,243
Major Fields of Study
The five-year average distribution of majors, 2008-12:
|American studies: 10
Arabic Studies: 4
Asian studies: 8
Comparative Literature: 5
|Computer Science: 16
Environmental Policy: 2
Literary Studies: 3
Political Economy: 16
Political Science: 58
Women’s & Gender Studies: 5
(Note: Approximately 38% of students graduate as double majors.)
Of the 534 first-year students who entered in 2006, 91% graduated from Williams within four years and 96% within five years.
Williams has about 150 student organizations on campus. Eighty-six percent of students are involved in at least one extracurricular activity.
Approximately 44 percent of all students participate in intercollegiate sports (36 percent at the varsity level). There are 32 varsity intercollegiate teams (16 men’s and 16 women’s), 8 junior varsity teams, 20 club teams, and a large intramural program. Williams is a member of the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).
There are 30,300 living alumni of record, and 70 regional alumni associations nationwide and overseas. Alumni participation in the 2011-12 Alumni Fund was 62.5%. More than 58% of the alumni from the classes of 1980 to 2000 have earned at least one graduate or professional degree. The most popular graduate disciplines for alumni are management, education, law, and health care.
Audited 2011-12 operating expenditures: $182,341,514
Gifts from private support (for 2011-12) : $49,124,000
Investment Pool (Market value as of 6/30/12): $1,799,376,647
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