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Williamstown, Massachusetts

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Your chances of getting into Williams College

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Williams College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Unavailable 
Applicant Competition Extreme 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Williams is 8.8%.  Its admission rate is the 4th lowest in Massachusetts and the 23rd lowest the nation.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Williams and can you get accepted?

Williams is an extremely competitive school to get into and is highly selective who it accepts. You have a very low chance of acceptance even even if you meet the admission criteria. It's critical that you meet their GPA requirements to get past the first round of consideration. Last year, only 1,099 out of the 12,452 who applied were admitted.

Williams College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.94. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class or better. Of those applicants who were admitted, 52% enrolled. This indicates that the school is a top choice for many students who apply.

Can you get into Williams?

9% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Williams College you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.94 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Graduate in the top 10% of your high school class
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Williams GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Williams College?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into Williams are to have around a 3.94 high school GPA. You are required to have exceptionally good grades and you should be graduating near the top of your class.

Given the school's very highly selective admissions, acceptance at Williams extremely difficult and unlikely even with a 3.94 GPA. The school should be considered a reach even if you have a 3.94 GPA. If your grades do not meet the GPA requirements, you will have very little chance of being considered for admission.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at Williams is 3.94 on the 4.0 scale. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn A- letter grades and regularly score around 90-92 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #5 in Massachusetts for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since Williams is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.9 GPA range.

*This school has not published high school GPA data for its incoming freshman class. In these cases, CollegeSimply uses an algorithm to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of college GPA data. 3.94 is a prediction of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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Williams SAT Scores

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required or recommended by Williams College.

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

Not Reported

Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Williams College
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Reading 25th Percentile N/A
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SAT Scores for Williams College
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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Williams ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

Not Reported

Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Williams College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile N/A
Math 25th Percentile N/A
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ACT Scores for Williams College
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Reading 75th Percentile N/A
Math 75th Percentile N/A
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Average ACT Score N/A
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

High School Class Rank

90% of Williams College freshman are in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class. For your application to be competitive, you need to graduate at the top of your class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Williams College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 90%
Top 25% of class 100%
Top 50% of class 100%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Williams College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 6,774 5,678 12,452
Accepted 583 516 1,099
Acceptance Rate 9% 9% 9%
Enrolled 310 264 574
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 53% 51% 52%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jan 10, 2024

Days left to Apply


Applicants have 99 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Jan 10, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Williams College is $65.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Williams College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Williams College Application Requirements
Test Scores Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA Considered but not required
High School Class Rank Considered but not required
Completion of College Preparatory Program Recommended
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Williams College
AP Credit No
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Other Colleges to Apply To 

Students applying to Williams College often consider these colleges

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=168342 IPEDS survey data for Williams College.


Does Williams College prefer SAT or ACT?

57% of students submit their SAT scores to Williams. 59% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Williams College?

9% of those who apply are granted admission to Williams. Admission competition is extreme and the college has unavailable admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.