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Williams College Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Williams College, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Williams College Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Williams College was awarded 87 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is general English literature.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Williams is ranked #7 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation!

Out of the 68 colleges in Massachusetts, Williams is ranked at #3.

See all of the rankings for Williams College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Williams?

Acceptance Rate

Williams College has a very low acceptance rate of 15%, making it one of the most selective out of all the colleges and universities in the nation. It's probably a good idea to apply to other schools in addition to Williams just in case you don't make the cut.

Average Test Scores

About 59% of students accepted to Williams submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 710 and 780. Math scores were between 690 and 790.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Williams College  ( 710 to 780 )

SAT Math Scores for Williams College  ( 690 to 790 )
Williams received ACT scores from 60% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 31 and 35.

ACT Composite Scores for Williams College  ( 31 to 35 )

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Williams College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Williams, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 6 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Williams College is 86%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  86 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Williams College

Freshmen Retention Rate

Williams College has a freshmen retention rate of 98%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  98 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Williams for first-time, full-time students is 88%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  88 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Williams College.

Excellent Overall Diversity at Williams

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 2,094 undergraduates at Williams with 2,043 being full-time and 51 being part-time.

Williams Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and racial-ethnic minorities*. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

With an overall score of 99.32 out of 100, Williams is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  99.32 out of 100
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How Much Does Williams College Cost?

The overall average net price of Williams is $21,239. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Williams

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$3,744 $4,283 $8,815 $18,091 $43,357

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Williams, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Williams, approximately 24% of students took out student loans averaging $5,060 a year. That adds up to $20,240 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Williams is 0.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Williams Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Williams make about $59,000 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is good news for future Williams graduates since it is 48% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Williams College make the most money.

Location of Williams College

Williams College is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Williamstown, Massachusetts. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Williamstown draws many to the area.

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Location of Williams College

Contact details for Williams are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 880 Main St, Williamstown, MA 01267
Phone: 413-597-3131

Williams College Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 31 majors graduated from Williams College. Of these students, 718 received undergraduate degrees and 38 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Economics 115 $73,500
General English Literature 60 $38,900
Political Science & Government 56 $44,300
General Biology 53 $37,400
History 49 $44,100
General Psychology 47 $36,100
Mathematics 45 $53,700
Computer Science 42 $91,000
Chemistry 34 $33,100
Fine & Studio Arts 26 $30,200

Learn more about the majors offered at Williams College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Learn more about online learning at Williams College.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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