Williams Admits 216 Through Early Decision Program12:00AM / Friday, January 05, 2007
Williamstown - Williams College mailed its traditional notification letters of acceptance mid-December to 216 of the 531 applicants to the Class of 2011 under the college's Early Decision program.
Williams Early Decision program has been in place since 1964. In Early Decision, applicants promise to attend Williams if admitted. The accepted students for the Class of 2011 represent 40 percent of the projected class size of 538.
"Early Decision is a sensible option for students who have compiled a consistently strong academic record and, through thorough research of college options, have a clear-cut first choice," Admission Director Richard Nesbitt said. "We were extremely impressed this year not only with the strength of the applicant pool, but with its diversity."
The admitted group includes 113 men and 103 women. Last year the gender balance favored women: 99 men and 118 women. Twenty-three percent identify as American students of color, compared with 22 percent last year. This year, as last, six percent are international students and include citizens of Bulgaria, Canada, People's Republic of China, Kenya, Republic of Korea, Nigeria, Romania, Turkey, and Vietnam.
"They are all extremely talented individuals," Nesbitt said. "We're excited about the great abilities, energy, and commitment they'll bring to their classrooms, extracurricular activities, and campus life. Williams is well on its way to enrolling once again one of the strongest entering classes in the country."
Williams College admission decisions are made regardless of a student's financial ability and the college provides grants and other assistance to meet the demonstrated need of all who are admitted
"There is no reason that applying for financial aid should deter a student from applying Early Decision," said Nesbitt. "We have an 'escape clause' in our early decision policy that allows an admitted student applying for aid to be released from his or her Early Decision commitment if the financial aid is not deemed sufficient, and Williams aid is generous enough that typically only one or two students ask to postpone his or her decision until April."
Factors cited by students who apply for admission to Williams are academic reputation, size of the college, personal attention, attractiveness of the campus, academic facilities, and extracurricular opportunities.
Preview Programs for admitted students will be held in April. These programs give students the chance not only to attend classes, to meet faculty and to experience college life here firsthand, but also to meet the people who will be their future classmates.
The deadline to apply for regular admission was Jan. 1, with notification from the college due around April 1.
Classes in the 2007-08 academic year begin Sept. 6, 2007, preceded by the traditional First Days for entering students