Founded in 1793, Williams College is the second oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts and one of the highest ranked in the U.S. — the U.S. News and World Report regularly lists it as the No. 1 liberal arts college in the country.
The college supports 2,000 undergraduate students who forge direct relationships with faculty noted for the quality of their teaching and research. Professors often invite students to help in their research and encourage students to create projects of their own.
Outside the classroom, students can explore and research in many ways — in Hopkins forest, student gardens, labs, community programs. Students volunter at schools and libraries, maintain trails and host weekly lunches at the Log to talk about ecology and sustainability. They intern at local theaters and museums and CSA farms and work within the community.
They also make their own fun. In a small and richly creative community, students on their own have built a ceramics studio, founded a cappella and madrigal groups, a Step team and Bhangra dance company, run a decades-long all-night trivia contest and a broomball league and much more.
Admission decisions on U.S. applicants 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.