Williams College Essay Camp

The real deal: Williams is one of the most selective colleges in the country. We admit fewer than one in five applicants. The real deal, part two: We’re not just looking for top scores and impressive accolades. We want creative thinkers, diverse perspectives, and people who’ll bring as much to the community as they’ll gain from it.

Williams accepts the Common Application, the Coalition Application, and the QuestBridge application. We have NO preferredapplication. Please apply using the application that is most comfortable for you, your counselors, and your recommenders.

High School Preparation

Applicants to Williams should pursue the strongest program of study offered by their secondary schools. While there are no absolute requirements for admission, competitive candidates typically study English, math, natural science, foreign language and social studies in four-year sequences and present a distinguished record throughout their secondary school career.

While the academic record is the most important factor in the admission process, we seek students who will serve as leaders not only in the classroom, but in the community at large. To that end, we also consider candidates’ non-academic involvements and achievements at school and in their communities. A strong co-curricular record might reflect a wide range of talents and achievements or distinguished accomplishment in just one or a few areas.

To gain a better sense of students who’ve been admitted to Williams over the past four years, check out our Student Profile.

Early Decision and Regular Decision

First-year applicants for whom Williams is their first-choice college may apply under the binding Early Decision program. Early Decision applicants may submit an Early Decision application to only one institution and if admitted under Early Decision are expected to withdraw all other college applications and to initiate no new applications.

First-year applicants who wish to apply to more than one college should apply under the non-binding Regular Decision plan. The majority of applicants apply under Regular Decision and if admitted, have until May 1 to accept their place in the class. Acceptances are always contingent upon the applicant finishing the school year in good standing.

Early Decision Timeline:

  • Standardized Testing Deadline: October
  • Application Deadline: November 15
  • Admission Decision by: December 15
  • Student Reply Date: January 2

Regular Decision Timeline:

  • Standardized Testing Deadline: December
  • Application Deadline: January 1
  • Admission Decision by: April 1
  • Student Reply Date: May 1

Application Requirements

  • Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application
  • Early Decision Agreement Form (Early Decision applicants ONLY)
  • SAT or ACT
    You can provide your scores in any of the following ways:
      1. Enter them in the testing section of the Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application.
      2. Take a screenshot of your score report and email it to [email protected]. Please note that we cannot process test scores submitted on a high school transcript.
      3. Send them to us directly from the testing agency. The Williams SAT code is 3965 and ACT code is 1936.

    Please note that scores for all enrolling students will be verified and discrepancies between self-reported scores and official scores may jeopardize a student’s place at Williams.

  • School Report
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Teacher Recommendations
  • Mid-Year Report (Due February 9, 2018)
    If your school is on a trimester system, please send your second trimester grades once they are available.
  • $65 Application Fee or Fee Waiver
    If the application fee poses a financial hardship, a fee waiver can be requested on the Common Application or the Coalition Application. Fee waivers are also available for the CSS PROFILE by emailing [email protected]. Williams actively seeks the most exceptional candidates regardless of financial need; therefore, applying for a fee waiver will NOT disadvantage your application in any way.

Optional Application Materials

  • Williams Writing Supplement
  • Visual/Performing Arts Portfolio 
    If you have a well-developed talent in the arts, samples of your work can be submitted via SlideRoom for review by Williams faculty.
  • Scientific Research Abstracts
    If you have pursued significant scientific or mathematics research and are considering a research or academic career, we welcome brief descriptions of your work. Materials can be submitted via your application, or by email to [email protected].

*Please note that Williams does NOT use interviews in our admission process. While we are happy to speak with rising high school seniors during the summer, these conversations are entirely non-evaluative and play NO role in our admission decisions.

*If you would like to submit an update to your application for admission, please email the update to [email protected].

Information About the New SAT

The new SAT exam consists of two sections, each graded on an 800-point scale, and an optional essay. Williams does NOT require the optional essay.

Williams will accept scores from the old SAT and the new SAT. For applicants who wish to send scores from both exams, we will use concordance tables to determine which exam places you in the best standing in our evaluation process. We will NOT superscore across the old and new SAT, but will consider the highest testing results reported for each version of the test.


Williams College Non-Discrimination Statement
Williams College is dedicated to building a diverse and inclusive community in which members of all backgrounds can live, learn and thrive. In compliance with state and federal law, Williams does not discriminate in admission, employment, or administration of its programs and activities on the basis of race, color, sex, national origin, religion, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, ancestry, or military service.

Clery Act Disclosure Report
Williams College reports this information in accordance with Uniform Crime Reporting procedures and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act. A paper copy of this report can be obtained by contacting Campus Safety & Security at (413) 597-4444.

Williams is home to great summer opportunities for young people.  As we receive new information and updated brochure links for the 2017 summer independent youth programs, we will be updating the information below.

Berkshire Basketball Day Clinics:

This program runs clinics for boys ages 7-15 and girls, ages 7-17. In 2017, Coach Kevin App will run two sessions for boys from June 27 – June 30, 2017 and August 15 – August 18, 2017 (the August dates are newly adjusted. Previous dates were August 14 – August 17). For Boys’ Clinic information, contact Coach Kevin App at [email protected], or click here to check out the Boys Williams Basketball Clinic Application.

A session for girls will run from July 24 – July 28, 2017. For Girls’ Camp information, contact Coach Manning at [email protected], or check out the Girls Williams Basketball Camp Application .

College Basketball Elite Clinic:

A one-day clinic session for boys will be run on July 1, 2017 and another on August 13, 2017. Coach Pat Manning will run two residential clinic sessions for girls of which the first session is from June 25-27, 2017 and the second from August 1 – 3, 2017.

For Boys’ Clinic information, contact Coach Kevin App at [email protected], or check out the Boys Williams Elite Clinic application.

For Girls’ Clinic information, contact Coach Manning at [email protected], or check out the Girls Williams Elite Clinic Application .

Instructional Football Clinic @ Williams College:

Local High School and College Football Coaches will sponsor an instructional program for boys ages 7-18, from July 31-August 2, 2017. For more information, contact Tom Blumenauer by e-mail, or check out the application.

Livingstone Speed Academy Summer Camps:

Rob Livingstone at Livingstone Speed Academy will offer strength and speed training camps for three different age groups this summer from June 26th through August 17th. For more information check out the brochure or the Livingstone Speed Academy website.

NIKE Junior Golf Camp:

There will be a short game school and then four week-long sessions of this residential camp at Williams College this year. Session dates for 2017 are: July 5 – 7 (Game School), July 9 – July 14, July 16 – July 21, July 23 – July 28, and July 30 – August 4. For more information, call 1-(800)-NIKE-CAMP, or visit the NIKE Sports Camps website.

NIKE Tennis Camp:

The NIKE Tennis Camp at Williams College will hold a one-week residential camp sessions for boys and girls ages 9-18 from July 23-28, 2017. For more information call (800) 645-3226 or visit the NIKE Sports Camps website.

NIKE Field Hockey Camp:

The NIKE Field Hockey Camp at Williams College will hold two one-week residential camp sessions for girls from July 9-13, 2017 and July 16-20, 2017. For more information call (800) 645-3226 or visit the NIKE Sports Camps website.

NIKE Lacrosse Camp:

The NIKE Lacrosse Camp at Williams College will hold two one-week residential camp sessions for girls from July 9-13, 2017 and July 16-20, 2017. For more information call (800) 645-3226 or visit the NIKE Sports Camps website.

 Overland Summers:

Overland offers summer programs for students in 4th through 12th grade.  Programs include biking, hiking and leadership, service, writing, language study abroad and field studies in locations from New England to the West and abroad.  The New England Service and Writing and Hiking in New England programs stay on the Williams college campus. For more information or to receive a catalog, call Overland at (413) 458-9672 or visit Overland’s website.

Purple Cow Women’s Soccer Clinics at Williams:

Michelyne Pinard, head women’s soccer coach at Williams College, directs several two-day clinics for athletes entering grades 10-12. The 2017 clinic dates are June 16 – 17, July 28 – 29, and August 4 – 5. For more information on the clinics visit the Women’s Soccer website.

Soccer Academy at Williams:

In 2017, men’s head soccer coach at Williams College, Erin Sullivan, will direct two five day soccer day camps 7/10-7/14 and 7/17-7/21 for boys and girls ages 6-16.  Visit the Soccer Academy at Williams website for more information or contact Coach Sullivan at 413-597-3329 or [email protected].

Softball Academy at Williams:

In 2017, The Softball Academy at Williams will be held in August (date TBD) at the Cole Field diamond. Visit the Softball Academy at Williams website for more information or contact Coach Kris Herman by email.

Squash and Beyond Camp:

In 2017, Zafi Levy, head men’s and women’s squash coach at Williams College, brings 6 squash camp sessions for girls and boys, ages 11-18, to campus from July 2 – August 18. For more information, contact Coach Levy by e-mail or visit Squash and Beyond on the web.

Tennis Clinics at Williams College:

Williams women’s and men’s tennis coaches Alison Swain and Dan Greenberg will run three clinics in 2017 for high school aged tennis players on June 28, July 1-2, and August 26-27.  For more information, contact Coach Swain by e-mail or Coach Greenberg by e-mail. For more information download a visit the tennis website.


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