College Sophomore 2013-07-17T22:42:46Z
There isn't public transportation provided by Williams because there is no need; you can walk very easily to all locations on campus.
College Sophomore 2013-06-10T14:43:23Z
What you need, you will receive.
College Sophomore 2013-05-10T05:30:00Z
You will always be able to find a free computer at Williams because there are plenty of labs and free computers. The infrastructure of computers is also quite good, and the Office of Information Technology is effective. However, the network, Purple Air, is notorious for its lack of speed and patchiness in coverage, especially during crunch time.
College Sophomore 2013-05-10T05:25:44Z
There are only a few restaurants near campus because the town is so small, but they are pretty good (although somewhat expensive). There's an Indian place, a Thai place, and a Chinese place nearby as well as a few grills, sandwich places, and, of course, a Subway. So your options are pretty limited, but they tend to be quality options.
College Sophomore 2013-05-10T05:24:17Z
Williamstown is an extremely small town, so there is not much to do in terms of "out-of-college" attractions. However, the campus is extremely close-knit so there is always something going on.
College Sophomore 2013-05-10T05:22:50Z
Most of the housing here is excellent, and although some sophomores get slightly screwed over, almost anyone can live in a single should they want to. Freshman housing is one of the best things about Williams because the Entry System becomes one of the highlights of your first year.
College Junior 2013-05-07T21:16:27Z
In general most housing is pretty good. The only times that anyone can really get unfortunate housing is sophomore year, and even that is the minority. 60% of freshmen have singles and 70% of other students have singles so it's very likely and common for someone to go through all four years without having a roommate. It's a small campus so the farthest a door can be from anything is about a 15 minute walk, with most being within 5-10 minutes. The dorms generally have a fun social atmosphere because small parties are a big part of the social scene. The downside is that the housing lottery is very stressful, especially for incoming sophomores who are picking their neighborhoods and dorms for the first time.
College Junior 2013-05-07T21:09:17Z
Off-campus dining is surprisingly good for such a small area. There is good pizza, sushi, thai, indian, sandwiches, coffee, chinese, ice cream and mexican all within walking or biking distance. The meals I've had are all pretty good and I don't feel like I'm missing much. That being said, there isn't much in the way of student discounts so you probably can't really eat off campus every day.
College Junior 2013-03-18T21:21:53Z
Williams' academics are some of the best in the world. It is not hard to find students who chose Williams over Harvard, Princeton, Yale and/or Stanford. With a 7:1 student to faculty ratio and a mean class size of 13, you don't have to work hard to connect with your professors in any class. The workload is fierce and Williams is not the place to come and slack off. However, if you're looking for some of the best professors with the brightest students and the most resources before and after college, Williams might be the place for your. Williams is strong in pretty much all departments, but the most popular majors are Math, Art History, Biology, Economics, Chemistry, and Psychology.
College Junior 2013-03-18T21:10:32Z
Although most people get a parking spot, the chances of it being near your dorm are limited, especially if you're a sophomore. That being said, very few dorms are located in a place that would require you to use your car regularly, and the places that are have parking more readily available.
College Junior 2013-03-18T21:05:20Z
Transportation is pretty good considering how isolated we are. There is a public bus to the local town pretty regularly and campus shuttles are relatively common as well. For breaks and holidays there are also school shuttles to new york, albany, and boston for those who want to pay. Finally, there is a Bolt Bus stop right on campus.
College Junior 2013-03-18T21:02:50Z
Here you kind of have to pick your battles. On the one hand, security breaks up on campus parties often either because of noise complaints or because they track how many student's are swiping into each building at once. Since most parties are on campus, this can become a problem. On the other hand, unless there is hard alcohol in plain sight security rarely writes up anyone and basically just tells everyone to leave and makes you poor out the alcohol. So, you may not have the best time but you also probably won't get in trouble.
College Junior 2013-01-22T02:02:10Z
Most people own their own computers and so the entire campus is wireless. The network will have its hiccups on occasion but it usually does fine. Computer labs are available for mac and pc users alike. Printing, however, can be kind of a pain sometimes and so it can be convenient to have your own printer. To my knowledge color printing is only available at one place on campus.
College Junior 2013-01-22T01:53:38Z
The three main things that set Williams apart from other schools are our entries/JAs, our tutorials, and Winter study. Entries are groups of about 20 freshmen who are picked to live together. They are designed specially to be as diverse in terms of interests, socioeconomics, and cultures as is the larger student body. These become most students' first friends and are there to be whatever the students wants them to be. JAs, or Junior Advisors, are two unpaid Juniors who opted to live with and mentor the freshman for a whole year. They do not have any disciplinary power but are there, instead, to ease the transition into college life. Tutorials are classes that are composed of only 2 students and a professor. They are offered in every subject and consist of weekly meetings where students alternate either creating a work of some sort (a paper, a song, a computer program, etc.), and critiquing that of the other student. Winter study is our J-term where students each take 1, usually unorthodox class and have a lot more time to socialize and do activities around campus than they normally do.
College Junior 2013-01-22T01:43:15Z
Williams is beautiful in a modernist way. Although the lack of stereotypical gothic architecture is noticeable, the fall foliage, hundreds of acres of forest, and mountains in every direction probably make up for it. Relatively new facilities include the student center, the science library, part of the athletic center, the center for performing arts, and a number of other academic buildings. Although our main library is kind of an eyesore, a new one is currently being built to replace it. Clubs and student organizations play a large role in running the school and almost everyone can find a few to get involved in if they look.
College Junior 2013-01-22T01:31:14Z
Williams is a powerhouse of Div III athletics. We have one the directors cup (a competition comparing overall performance of division III schools) 14 out of the 16 years that it has been awarded. About 1/3 of all students are on varsity teams and about 1/2 of all students are involved in athletics in some capacity besides PE. Students love to go out and support the teams, especially because it is very common to have a few friends involved in various teams. Williams students pride themselves on excelling both athletically and academically and it is apparent on campus. The only areas noticeably lacking are some of our athletic facilities. Although a new football stadium is currently in the works, the main weight room and the surrounding area are a little dark, small, and/or unimpressive.
College Sophomore 2013-01-15T17:00:03Z
Guys & Girls:
Everyone is pretty preppy and lacks creativity of style. Typical northeastern school--everyone wears the same thing. Pretty boring if you ask me, but most people don't seem to mind. Unfortunately.
College Sophomore 2013-01-15T16:57:25Z
I'm from Williamstown, so I'm totally used to the harsh winters and somewhat wild weather we experience here in the North, but some of my California friends are finding it to be not so pleasant. But if you like the cold, you're set!
College Sophomore 2013-01-15T16:55:45Z
I go to Williams College and plan on majoring in studio art. We have some great professors! The amount of studio hours required can sometimes be a lot, but I know all the hard work pays off!
College Junior 2013-01-08T00:17:49Z
Students declare their major at the end of their sophomore year, which means that they get a lot of time to shop around if they are unsure. Even then, the major is not set in stone and can be changed fairly easily. Williams is a liberal arts college which means that majors are going to be general. However, that doesn't stop employers from recruiting heavily from Williams in most areas, especially since most careers require grad school or on the job training anyway. The only shortcoming that Williams has is that it does not offer an engineering major. However, students can apply for a 5 year program with Columbia University to get an engineering degree.
College Junior 2012-12-10T07:00:11Z
Arguably the best overall education you'll get at any college or university in the country. Small classes, interested and expert professors, no TAs teaching classes, no grad students to distract profs, tons of summer research, huge endowment, free tutoring in any class, cooperation instead of competition among students, big workload (it's why we came here), brilliant students, job and graduate program placement rivaling the top major universities, etc. We don't need rankings to tell us that we're the best... but they do anyway :)
College Junior 2012-12-10T06:46:45Z
There are a limited number of places to eat on campus but what do you expect for a school with 2,000 kids? Variety isn't always amazing but quality is usually very high. Lots of food is labeled as locally grown/organic and has a clear list of allergens that it contains. Vegetarians/vegans are pretty well accommodated. Dining halls put a lot of effort into having theme nights in order to spice things up from time to time. Dining staff are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet. One big drawback is that meal plans can only be used at dining halls and are not available for local would-be-convenient places.
College Junior 2012-12-10T06:41:54Z
Williamstown is what a lot of people are looking for. A small town in the middle of the beautiful mountains without the hustle and bustle of the city. There is lots of hiking, skiing, camping and other outdoor activities as well. Safety is never worried about on campus and interactions with locals are easily avoided. However, there's two sides to that. There isn't a great way to get away from Williamstown without making a major trip. The nearest real town, North Adams, isn't a big attraction for anything besides the Walmart, movie theater, or other similar things. Come here if you're happy with staying on campus.
College Junior 2012-12-10T06:31:48Z
Health & Safety:
One of the benefits of being in a very rural environment is that there is little to no crime. We will have the occasional security alert but the entire campus is emailed and we get around 2 or 3 a year. The health center is very helpful and we're a 10 minute drive from North Adams regional hospital.
College Sophomore 2012-11-20T07:32:52Z
You will probably not be able to find an undergraduate education of this caliber at any other school. The professors here are, for the most part, stellar. A considerable amount of them are at the top of their respective fields. Because the college does not pressure them into doing research or field work, and they don't have any grad students to deal with, their sole priority is to teach you, get to know you, and make themselves available to interact with you. TAs are present only occasionally to grade shorter writing assignments or help with labs; all of your courses will be taught 100% of the time by professors. There are a wide variety of course offerings. The workload at Williams is infamously described as brutal, but with the amount of flexibility that most students have in their schedules it is still easier to manage than taking 4 APs every semester in high school.
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