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Williamstown, Massachusetts

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Chances of getting into Williams College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Williams College
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Admission StandardsElite
Applicant CompetitionVery High
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How hard is it to get into Williams and can I get accepted? The school has a 13% acceptance rate ranking it #5 in Massachusetts for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 1,224 out of 9,715 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 45% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Test Requirements

You must submit admission test scores with your application. Williams College is not a test optional school. Note: Please consult the school directly to determine if testing requirements are temporarily suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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 700
SAT Math 25th 710
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

SAT Scores you need to get in

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

Williams College typically prefers 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.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

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 30
ACT Composite 25th 32
ACT Scores for Williams College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 36
ACT Math 75th 35
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 #6 in Massachusetts for highest average ACT composite score. 59 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Williams College.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

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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Williams GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
Typical High School Grades

What GPA do you need to get into Williams College?

Applicants require exceptionally good grades to get into Williams. 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.

 What do these ratings mean?

*This school has not released high school GPA data for its incoming freshmen. In these cases, CollegeSimply employs an artificial intelligence (AI) process to predict GPA based on this school's test scores and a large sample of other colleges' data. 3.94 is an estimate of the school's average incoming freshman GPA.

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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%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House


Admission Statistics

Williams College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,237 4,478 9,715
Accepted 648 576 1,224
Acceptance Rate 12% 13% 13%
Enrolled 300 246 546
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 46% 43% 45%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 1, 2022
Days left to Apply

Applicants have 35 days left until the Fall 2021 term applications are due on Jan 1, 2022.

Application Fee

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

Admission Requirements

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

Williams College Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
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

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?

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.

What SAT score is required for Williams College?

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.

What ACT score is required for Williams College?

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.