Why Williams College is one of the best liberal arts colleges

williams-collegeFounded in 1793, Williams College is one of the oldest four year liberal arts colleges in the country. Located at Williamstown, Massachusetts it was originally a men’s only college until 1970 when they decided that women are to be admitted too. Unlike most colleges Williams college’s fraternities were abolished in 1962. Nevertheless, the school has many unique student activities, including the semi-annual, school-wide trivia contest and the annual Mountain Day in October when students hike Mount Greylock.

Williams has three academic curricular divisions (humanities, sciences and social sciences), 24 departments, 36 majors, and two master’s degree programs in art history and development economics. There are 334 voting faculty members, with a student-to-faculty ratio of 7:1. As of 2012, the school has an enrollment of 2,052 undergraduate students and 54 graduate students.

The academic year follows a 4–1–4 schedule of two four-course semesters plus a one-course “winter study” term in January. A summer research schedule involves about 200 students on campus completing projects with professors.

What is really interesting is that Williams College Museum of Art is home to over 13,000 works by artists such as Edward Hopper and the Chapin Library’s collection includes first prints of the Declaration of Independence, Bill of Rights and George Washington’s personal copy of the Federalist Papers.

There are three academic curricular divisions (humanities, sciences, and social sciences), 24 departments, 33 majors, and two small master’s degree programs in art history and development economics. Students may also concentrate in 12 additional academic areas that are not offered as majors (e.g., environmental studies).

The academic year follows a 4–1–4 schedule of two four-course semesters plus a one-course “winter study” term in January. During the winter study term, students study various courses outside of typical curriculum for 3 weeks. Students typically take this course on a pass/fail basis. Past course offerings have included: Ski patrol, Learn to Play Chess, Accounting, Inside Jury Deliberations, and Creating a Life: Shaping Your Life After Williams, among many others. Williams students often take the winter study term to study abroad or work on intensive research projects.

At Williams College you also have the opportunity to study in Europe with the Williams-Exeter Programme which offers a year-long program of study at Oxford University in collaboration with Exeter College. As Visiting Students at Exeter, Williams students are full undergraduate members of the University, eligible to access all of its facilities, libraries, and resources. The Williams-Exeter Programme at Oxford provides students with a unique opportunity to participate fully in the intellectual and social life of one of the world’s great universities.

And if you’re wondering what to do this summer Williams offers many opportunities for students to continue their intellectual pursuits during the summer months. Sophomores and juniors are eligible to apply for summer research and travel fellowships. First-years, sophomores, and juniors are eligible to apply for grants that support intensive language study abroad. Interested applicants should attend information sessions offered each fall and during Winter Study. Applications are due early each spring semester for summer funding.

Tuition at Williams College costs $46,600 per year which is an expected considering the rich historical environment and quality education you can get. more on Williams College

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