Williams College

880 Main St.
Williamstown, MA 01267
(413) 597-2211
Accrediting Agency:
New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Commission on Institutions of Higher Education

With funding from Colonel Ephraim Williams Jr. of the Massachusetts provincial forces, Williams College was founded in 1793. This private, liberal arts college was an exclusively male institution until coeducation was adopted in 1970. U.S. News & World Report ranked Williams College as the No. 1 national liberal arts college in their “2012 Best Colleges” report.

Programs Offered

Williams College offers graduate and undergraduate degree programs from 25 departments divided into three academic divisions: languages and the arts, social studies, and science and mathematics. The two graduate programs are Master of Arts in Policy Economics and Master of Arts in the History of Art. They offer a large number of undergraduate degree programs in areas such as geosciences, chemistry, political economy, religion, and environmental studies. Williams College also offers several programs that focus on cultural and language studies, such as Asian studies, Latin, Greek, Jewish studies, Russian, and Africana studies.


Williams College gained accreditation from the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), Commission on Institutions of Higher Education, in 1929. The NEASC is a nationally recognized regional accrediting organization.


Williams College is very selective when admitting students and states that they only accept about 20% of applicants. Applicants are required to pay a $65 application fee and submit a Common Application, the Williams Supplement form, either their SAT results along with two SAT subject tests or their ACT results along with the ACT Writing Test, two letters of recommendation from past teachers, and a secondary school report completed by the applicant’s guidance counselor. If the program you are applying for has additional requirements, your admissions contact will let you know.

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