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Williams College Campus Life

Campus Size

Small Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 32 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

51% Women
49% Men


NCAA Division III (with football)

New England Small College Ath Conf

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: -)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: -)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
Baseball 27 - Yes -
Basketball 13 15 - Yes
Field Hockey - 20 - -
Football 76 - - -
Golf 15 11 - -
Ice Hockey 27 21 - -
Lacrosse 41 25 - -
Rowing 33 57 - -
Skiing 22 16 - -
Soccer 27 25 - Yes
Softball - 16 - Yes
Squash 17 15 - -
Swimming and Diving 29 29 - -
Tennis 21 11 - -
Track and Field, Indoor 46 43 - -
Track and Field, Outdoor 52 44 - -
Track and Field, X-Country 49 36 - -
Volleyball - 11 Yes -
Wrestling 23 - - -
Badminton - - Yes -
Court Sports - - - Yes
Cricket - - Yes -
Cycling - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Fencing - - Yes -
Flag Football - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes -
Gymnastics - - Yes -
Martial Arts/Self Defense - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Sailing - - Yes -
Skating - - Yes -
Water Polo - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.8%
Asian/Pacific Islander 14.6%
Black/non-Hispanic 11.1%
Hispanic 11.6%
Non-resident alien 7.7%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 0.0%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 54.2%
Percent of students with disability 4%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 21 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Radio Station
  • International Student Organization
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 0
Liquor Law Violation 0
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 3
Property Crime 9

Notable Alumni

  • James Garfield (Class of 1856), Former President of the United States.
  • George Steinbrenner (Class of '52), Former owner of New York Yankees.
  • Stephen Sondheim (Class of '50), Composer/lyricist ragarded as single most influential force in bringing the Broadway musical to the modern age. Winner of every award in his field (Pulitzer Prize, multiple Grammys and Tonys, an Academy Award, and more).
  • Mariam Naficy (Class of '91), Founder and CEO of Minted and named one of Fortune's Most Powerful Women Entrepreneurs.
  • Kristen Anderson-Lopez (Class of '94), Songwriter for Disney's "Frozen," whose album hit number one on Billboard and was number one on iTunes in more than 30 countries.
  • Glenn Lowry (Class of '76), Director of New York's Museum of Modern Art. Redesigned Museum and doubled its size during his tenure, with extensive new collections and expanded space.
  • Ellen Vargyas (Class of '71), General counsel, American Legacy Foundation, former legal counsel for US Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. As senior counsel at National Women's Law Center, Vargyas handled precedent-setting Title IX litigation that opened opportunities for women in educational institutions and developed the law prohibiting sexual harrassment.
  • Kenard Gibbs (Class of '86), CEO of Soul Train Holdings and Co-Founder of MadVision Entertainment, former President of Ebony/Jet Entertainment Group.
  • Michael Curtin (Class of '86), CEO of D.C. Central Kitchen, a non-profit focused on using food to fight poverty, hunger, and poor health.
  • Toby Cosgrove (Class of '62), President and CEO of Cleveland Clinic, one of the top medical centers in the world.
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Natalie from Austin, TX
  • 2
  • Have heard from a close friend and current Williams student that there is a huge party and alcohol culture. Sometimes even in the entries, there is peer pressure (from…

  • May-29-2012 Read More
  • Demarius from Calumet City, IL
  • 5
  • The dorm life at Williams can suit your needs depending on what you like. Many rooms on campus are singles and there are a substantial amount of double room. After…

  • Jun-16-2012 Read More
  • Jennah from Westport, CT
  • 4
  • Dorms are small, but cozy. If you're lucky, you'll get a big room. There's always heat in the winter and enough space for a fan. If your room is small,…

  • Aug-02-2012 Read More
  • Paige from Bonita, CA
  • 4
  • As a freshman, you live with an entry. This is a group of varying people who you live with for a year. Your entry gets really close and it is…

  • Nov-06-2012 Read More
  • College sophomore
  • 5
  • The dorms aren't bad. Of course they're not great, but I personally didn't mind sharing the bathroom. Everyone's schedules differentiate throughout the semester, so the bathroom was mostly empty anyway.…

  • Jul-19-2013 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Ian from Brooklyn, NY
  • Feb-10-2016 I am a current student here

    Williams offers three major dining halls, as well as several smaller cafe style locations. Special themed meals are coordinated between dining halls, and there is also excellent late-night food available all week long well after midnight.

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  • 5
  • College sophomore
  • Jul-19-2013 I am a current student here

    The food is fine. We have lots of options during the year: Whitman's, which is located in the student center, Mission, which is located in one of the freshman dorms, and Driscoll, which is on the east side of campus. Those are open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. At night, Whitman's turns into Late Night, which serves delicious fried things for midnight snackers or people who just missed dinner. We also now have Lee, which serves breakfast food at night. In the morning, Goodrich serves coffee, tea, bagels, and other breakfasty things for early risers. We also have Eco Cafe, located in the science building, which serves breakfast and grab and go lunches, prepackaged for convenient and on-the-go class schedules. The student center also serves grab and go lunch. Finally, we have the '82 Grill, which is open on weekend nights and serves giant pizzas and tray-sized nachos for especially hungry people, or for groups to share.

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  • 3
  • A Willy Junior
  • May-02-2013 I am a current student here

    We have three dining halls which still does not say much because food can sometimes be awful. There's nothing to complain about in terms of breakfast and dinner because they can sometimes be decent, but I cannot remember having a good lunch.

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  • 5
  • Paige from Bonita, CA
  • Nov-06-2012 I am a current student here

    The dining hall food is excellent. It is so good and there is so much of it. The only problem is watching out for the freshman fifteen!

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  • 4
  • Jennah from Westport, CT
  • Aug-02-2012 I am a current student here

    Some dining halls are definitely yummier than others. But overall, the food is better than decent. Not homemade, but good. There are always choices for vegetarians and vegans as well. They have special nights when they serve just indian food, breakfast for dinner, etc.

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  • 4
  • Demarius from Calumet City, IL
  • Jun-16-2012 I am a current student here

    Williams has three main dining halls with other smaller cafes for breakfast. The options are very accommodating for vegetarians. Salad bars, ice cream machines, deli stations, pasta stations, desert stations. Occasionally, there are times where the food choice isn't the most appealing. The restaurants (Sushi Thai, Spice Root, Subway, Spring St. Pizza, Papa Charlie's) are also great options.

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  • 3
  • Natalie from Austin, TX
  • May-29-2012 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    As at any college, after a while the food gets boring and repetitive. There are a fair number of vegan/vegetarian options. The town doesn't offer much in the way of alternatives, though.

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  • 4
  • William from New York
  • Jan-23-2012 I am a current student here

    there are some nights that are better than others, as at any school, but generally williams dining does a great job. the have relationships with many of the nearby farms that provide us with fresh, local fruits and vegetables which are great.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • College sophomore
  • Jul-19-2013 I am a current student here

    No Greek life, although I suppose the closest thing we have is our acapella groups.

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