Williams College Announces Rise in Early Decision Applications

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WILLIAMSTOWN, Mass., December 21, 2007 — Williams College has announced the acceptance of 223 Early Decision students to the Class of 2012. The expected class size is 538.

Applications for Early Decision rose 13 percent over last year’s total, reaching 600 applicants compared to 531 in 2006. Two hundred sixteen students were accepted Early Decision last year for the Class of 2011.

Of the 114 women and the 109 men accepted, 46 are American students of color, 12 are African American, 17 are Asian American, 15 are Latino, and two are Native American. Thirteen international students were accepted.

Seventy-seven students hail from the mid-Atlantic states, 67 from New England, 27 from the west, 13 from the south, 15 from the Midwest, six from the southwest, and 18 from overseas.

The average SAT I critical reading score was 711; the average math score was 706.

Twenty-nine scored a perfect 800 on the SAT I critical reading test. Fourteen scored a perfect 800 on the SAT I math test; 50 scored 800 on the SAT II math 1 test; and 19 scored 800 on the SAT II writing test.

“Both the quantity and the quality of the Early Decision pool was extraordinary this year,” said Richard Nesbitt, director of admission. “We are extremely impressed with the promising talents displayed by the newly admitted members of the Class of 2012.”

The admission office ascribes the increase in applications to the success the college is seeing in increasing the socio-economic diversity of entering classes. Some measure may also be ascribed to the recent decision to eliminate loans from all financial aid packages and replace them with increased grants.

Students who know Williams is their first choice may choose to apply Early Decision. The popularity of the college is due to a number of factors that include positioning students at the center of their education; a stellar teaching faculty; research opportunities for undergraduates; first-class student housing; a diverse, inclusive, and supportive community; and the opportunity for a rich social life, including the newly completed Paresky Center, the hub of campus life, and the vibrant ’62 Center for Theatre and Dance.

Early Decision applications were due November 15 and candidates were notified on December 13. The deadline for regular decision applications is January 1.


Founded in 1793, Williams College is the second oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts. The college’s 2,000 students are taught by a faculty noted for the quality of their teaching and research, and the achievement of academic goals includes active participation of students with faculty in their research. Students’ educational experience is enriched by the residential campus environment in Williamstown, Mass., which provides a host of opportunities for interaction with one another and with faculty beyond the classroom. Admission decisions are made regardless of a student’s financial ability, and the college provides grants and other assistance to meet the demonstrated needs of all who are admitted. To visit the college on the Internet:www.williams.edu