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Williams College

Overview
Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1793
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: 4-1-4
Undergraduate student body: 2,003
Environment: Rural
Endowment: $1,462,130,805
Admissions Address

988 Main Street
Williamstown, MA 01267

Website

http://www.williams.edu

Admissions E-mail

admission@williams.edu


 

QuickFacts
Selectivity: Most Selective
Send application by: January 1
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: Richard L. Nesbitt, Director
Admissions office telephone: (413) 597-2211
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 1
Decision sent by: Other
Accept offer by: May 1 (or within 2 weeks if notified thereafter)
Early decision
Send application by: November 10
 
Decision sent by: December 15
Early action
Not offered Application fee: $60
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
 
http://www.williams.edu/Admissions/applying/index.html Tuition deposit: N/A (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: $200 (Nonrefundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma or equivalent is not required
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English N/A 4
Mathematics N/A 4
Science N/A 3
Lab N/A 3
Foreign language N/A 4
Social studies N/A 3
History N/A N/A
Academic electives N/A N/A
Total academic units N/A N/A

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
 
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Neither required nor recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
 
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Either SAT or ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: January 1
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: January 1
 
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
 
Class rank: Important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Very important
Application essay: Very important
Recommendation: Very important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Not considered
Extracurricular activities: Important
Talent/ability: Important
Character/personal qualities: Considered
First generation: Considered
Alumni/ae relation: Considered
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Not considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Considered
Work experience: Considered
Level of applicant's interest: Not considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Most Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 19%
Early-decision acceptance rate: 39%
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 17%
Total applicants: 6,000
Total acceptances: 1,146
Total freshman enrollment: 534
 
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 41%
Male applicants: 2,900
Male acceptances: 548
Male freshman enrollment: 253
 
Female applicants: 3,100
Female acceptances: 598
Female freshman enrollment: 281
Out-of-state freshmen: 89%
 
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: 1,213
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: 506
Students enrolled from waiting list: 71

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 90%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 95%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 100%
 
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 38%
Average high school GPA: N/A
 
First-year students submitting GPA: N/A
 
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 97%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 660 – 760
Math: 660 – 760
Combined: 1320 – 1520

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 62.0% 62.0%
600-699 32.0% 31.0%
500-599 6.0% 6.0%
400-499 N/A 1.0%
300-399 N/A N/A
200-299 N/A N/A

 
First-year students submitting ACT scores: 20%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: N/A
Math: N/A
Composite: 29 – 33

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 67.0% N/A N/A
24-29 31.0% N/A N/A
18-23 2.0% N/A N/A
12-17 N/A N/A N/A
6-11 N/A N/A N/A
Below 6 N/A N/A N/A

 

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