Chances of getting into Williams College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Williams College
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionVery High

How hard is it to get into Williams and can I get accepted? The school has a 13% acceptance rate ranking it #4 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,240 out of 9,560 applicants were admitted making Williams a very highly competitive school to get into with a low chance of acceptance for typical applicants.  Academically, it has exceptionally high requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 4 percent. Williams College typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students. Only 43% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top ten percent of their high school class.

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Williams SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Applicants Submitting SAT
SAT Scores for Williams College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 710
SAT Math 25th 700
SAT Composite 25th 1410
SAT Scores for Williams College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 760
SAT Math 75th 790
SAT Composite 75th 1550
Average SAT Score 1480

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Williams College?

Williams College typically requires applicants to be in the top 4 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1410 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 1340. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1480 out of 1600. The school ranks #4 in Massachusetts for highest average SAT composite score. 57 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Williams College admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1550 and Above Good >20%
1480 to 1550 Avg + 13%-20%
1410 to 1480 Avg - 8%-13%
1340 to 1410 Reach 5%-8%
Less than 1340 Low <5%
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Williams ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Applicants Submitting ACT
ACT Scores for Williams College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 34
ACT Math 25th 29
ACT Composite 25th 32
ACT Scores for Williams College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 36
ACT Math 75th 34
ACT Composite 75th 35
Average ACT Score 33

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Williams?

Admission data indicates that Williams regularly accepts students with ACT's of 32 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 3 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 30 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 34 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 35 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #5 in Massachusetts for highest average ACT composite score. 59 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Williams College.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Williams College admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
35 and Above Good >23%
33 to 35 Avg + 13%-23%
32 to 33 Avg - 9%-13%
31 to 32 Reach 7%-9%
Less than 31 Low <7%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

You will need exceptionally good grades to get into Williams College. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Williams College was 3.94 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily A- students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #3 in Massachusetts for highest average GPA. Meeting these GPA requirements alone is not enough to gain admission as Williams is a very selective school.

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High School Class Rank

92% of Williams College freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Williams College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 92%
Top 25% of class 97%
Top 50% of class 100%
Bottom 50% of class 0%
Bottom 25% of class 0%

Admission Statistics

Williams College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,072 4,488 9,560
Accepted 663 577 1,240
Acceptance Rate 13% 13% 13%
Enrolled 276 257 533
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 42% 45% 43%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 1, 2020
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2020.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Williams College and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Williams College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Neither required nor recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
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

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education IPEDS survey data for Williams College.

Frequently Asked Questions

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

13% of those who apply are granted admission to Williams. Admission competition is very high and the college has elite admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1410 and 1550. 57% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 32 and 35. 59% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.

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