Williams College

Williams College, considered one of the best liberal arts schools in the country, is located in Williamstown in northwestern Massachusetts.  The rural campus,  home to approximately 2,000 undergrads, is nestled in the scenic Berkshire mountains, a one hour drive from Albany airport and three hours from NY and Boston. Williams has a small town college feel, and with more churches than bars in Williamstown, life revolves around the campus fostering a close knit community.

Visitor Information: Tour Williams

Stay: Right on campus, check in to the Williams Inn.  Featuring English style furnishings, The Orchards Hotel offers comfortable accommodations with very good service. 

Coffee: Located right on campus, Goodrich Coffee Bar is a student run shop that serves breakfast items, coffee and tea. Tunnel City is the ideal college town coffee shop. It has a great atmosphere and serves delicious coffees and baked goods. 

Breakfast: BrewHaHa is located in North Adams and is known for its great breakfast. Aside from the usual eggs, oatmeal and waffles; they have a unique selection of muffin flavors. Be prepared to wait - the shop is rather small. Chef’s Hat is exactly what you'd expect from a roadside family run diner. They offer quick, hearty breakfasts in a cozy atmosphere. 

Lunch: Each sandwich at Papa Charlie’s is named after a celebrity. The Neil Patrick Harris is a favorite. Bring cash, they don't accept credit cards.



Casual: Public Eat + Drink, in North Adams, offers casual inventive American fare.  Constantly packed with students, The Purple Pub serves salads, burgers and craft beer. For authentic Mexican food go to Coyote Flaco. Have a margarita and some guacamole, you will not be disappointed. Pera Mediterranean Bistro offers a wide range of food, specializing in American and Mediterranean Bistro cuisine.


A Step Up: Located in North Adams and adjacent to the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, Gramercy Bistro serves modern fare from locally sourced food - note  - they are closed on Tuesdays. The chefs at Mezze handcraft their food with local and seasonal ingredients. 

Local Attractions: Enjoy European and American paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, photographs, and decorative arts from the Renaissance at The Clark. Take a Hike in the Williamstown Rural Land Foundation and enjoy the beautiful surroundings! Explore the 26 building compound of world renowned contemporary art museum and performance space,  Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA)—this is a must do in the area.  If you can, plan your trip to coincide with the renowned Williamstown Theatre Festival (whose alumni include stars like Gwyneth Paltrow and Bradley Cooper).


The community is very close-knit and welcoming. It is a great place to try new hobbies!
— Stephanie
There is an incredible alumnae network of proud Ephs!
— Jasmine





Ephelia the Purple Cow

School Colors

White, Purple & Gold

Acceptance Rate


Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

Early Decision








New England

Admissions Office

PO Box 487
Williamstown, MA 01267

(p) (413) 597-2211
(f) (413) 597-4052

Richard Nesbitt, Director of Admission

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division III

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

Benjamin Franklin
John Heisman
Noam Chomsky
James A. Garfield
David Strathairn
Sterling Brown


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