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Williams College - SAT Scores, Costs and Admissions Data

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Williams College

Williams College

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Williams College Description:

Williams College typically vies with Amherst for the top spot on national rankings of the best liberal arts colleges. The college is located in Williamstown, a small town in the northwest corner of Massachusetts. One of Williams’ unique features is its tutorial program in which students meet with faculty in pairs to present and critique each other’s work. With a 7 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an endowment well over $1 billion, Williams offers exceptional educational opportunities for its students. The college has a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa honors society. On the athletic front, the Williams Ephs compete in the NCAA Division III New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).

Admissions Data (2012):

Enrollment (2012):

  • Total Enrollment: 2,124 (2,070 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 48% Male / 52% Female
  • 98% Full-time

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Costs (2012 - 13):

  • Tuition and Fees: $44,920
  • Books: $800 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $11,850
  • Other Expenses: $1,842
  • Total Cost: $59,412

Williams Financial Aid (2011 - 12):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 65%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 53%
    • Loans: 31%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $39,776
    • Loans: $4,587

Most Popular Majors:

Art, Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, History, Math, Political Science, Psychology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 96%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 91%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 96%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Williams and the Common Application

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Admissions Information for Other Top Liberal Arts Colleges:

Williams College Statement of Mission and Purposes:

"Williams seeks to provide the finest possible liberal arts education by nurturing in students the academic and civic virtues, and their related traits of character. Academic virtues include the capacities to explore widely and deeply, think critically, reason empirically, express clearly, and connect ideas creatively. Civic virtues include commitment to engage both the broad public realm and community life, and the skills to do so effectively. These virtues, in turn, have associated traits of character. For example, free inquiry requires open-mindedness, and commitment to community draws on concern for others.

We are committed to our central endeavor of academic excellence in a community of learning that comprises students, faculty, and staff, and draws on the engagement of alumni and parents. We recruit students from among the most able in the country and abroad and select them for the academic and personal attributes they can contribute to the educational enterprise, inside and outside the classroom. Our faculty is a highly talented group of teachers, scholars, and artists committed deeply to the education of our students and to involving them in their efforts to expand human knowledge and understanding through original research, thought, and artistic expression. Dedicated staff enable this teaching and learning to take place at the highest possible level, as does the involvement and support of our extraordinarily loyal parents and alumni."

complete statement at http://www.williams.edu/home/mission.php

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