Fast Facts About Williams

Prepared by the Williams College Office of Communications, February 2014.
Data supplied by 2013-2014 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, 36 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.


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Total number of instructional faculty: 337
Tenured faculty as a percentage of total faculty: 61%
Percent of the faculty with doctorates or other terminal degrees: 91%


Enrollment (Fall 2013)

Undergrad Graduate
Total 2,077 54
Men 1,008 28
Women 1,069 26

Undergraduate Non-U.S. enrollment: 7%
Undergraduate U.S. minority enrollment: 37%

Class of 2018 Admission Statistics

Applied: 6,316
Admitted: 1,219
Percent admitted: 19%
Entered: 546
Early decision as % of entering class: 43%
American students of color: 38%
Geographically, New York is the largest state represented, followed by California and Massachusetts.

2014-15 Comprehensive Fee

(updated August 2014)
Tuition: $48,030
Board, room, & fees: $13,040
Study away fee (as applicable): $1,500

Class of 2017 Financial Aid Statistics

Percent receiving Williams aid: 49%
Average financial aid award: $46,953
Range of awards: $5,800 – $63,628
Range of family income of students assisted: $0 – $230,473

Major Fields of Study

The five-year average distribution of majors, 2009-13:

American studies: 10
Anthropology: 8
Arabic Studies: 6
Art: 50
Asian studies: 7
Astronomy: 1
Astrophysics: 3
Biology: 56
Chemistry: 30
Chinese: 10
Classics: 6
Comparative Literature: 7
Computer Science: 15
Economics: 77
English: 65
Environmental Policy: 3
Environmental Science: 2
French: 7
Geosciences: 8
German: 4
History: 65
Japanese: 3
Literary Studies: 3
Mathematics: 57
Music: 6
Philosophy: 17
Physics: 13
Political Economy: 14
Political Science: 62
Psychology: 61
Religion: 9
Russian: 3
Sociology: 9
Spanish: 10
Theatre: 9
Women’s & Gender Studies: 6
Student-Designed Major: 2

(Note: Approximately 39% of students graduate as double majors.)

Completion Statistics

Of the 540 first-year students who entered in 2007, 90% graduated from Williams within four years and 94% 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 28,700 living alumni of record, and 72 regional alumni associations nationwide and overseas. Alumni participation in the 2012-13 Alumni Fund was 61.8%. 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 2012-13 operating expenditures: $184,772,966
Gifts from private support (for 2012-13) : $41,921,925
Investment Pool (Market value as of 6/30/13): $1,996,680,964

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