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Rank: 39

Williams College

Williamstown, MAwww.williams.edu
With a combination of high-quality academics and impressive career outcomes, Williams College is one of the highest-rated liberal arts schools in MONEY's rankings. Among its standout traits: plenty of personalized attention (the student-faculty ratio is a low 6 to 1) and an innovative tutorial system, modeled after one at Oxford University, that pairs two students who critique each other's papers and meet weekly with their professor. The system apparently works: 94% of students graduate, and recent grads report earning over $64,000 a year, which is more than alumni of similarly elite liberal arts schools in MONEY's rankings. Located amid Massachusetts' Berkshire Mountains, the campus is rich with history: Its library displays a first folio of Shakespeare's plays and a number of founding documents of the U.S., including George Washington's copy of The Federalist Papers, an early draft of the Constitution, and other treasures. For fun, one Friday every October, the president cancels classes for Mountain Day, a Williams College tradition dating to 1800. Rather than go to class, students hike nearby Mount Greylock, picnic outdoors, and take polar bear plunges.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$73,800
% of students who get any grants
54%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$20,800
Average price for low-income students
$2,780
admissions
Acceptance rate
15%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1480/33
SAT/ACT required?
Yes
Enrollment
2,033
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
100%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
N/A
Average merit grant
N/A
student success
Graduation rate
94%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$14,490
Average salary within 3 years
$64,000
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
31%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 15
Regular application
Jan 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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