WILLIAMSTOWN -- Williams College has extended offers of admission to 1,157 applicants for the Class of 2017. They were selected from a total applicant pool of 6,853, for an overall acceptance rate of 17 percent.
"Given the extraordinary quality of the applicant pool, it was as difficult as it's ever been to make selections," said Richard Nesbitt, director of admission, in the news release announcing the acceptances. "In the end, however, we were thrilled with the outcome and anticipate a superb class entering in September."
Of the admitted students, 597 are women and 560 are men. Ninety-six students, or eight percent of the group, are non-U.S. citizens, representing 40 different nationalities.
Among American students, 183 are African American, 220 Asian American, 145 Latino, and 13 Native American. Seventeen percent (193) would be the first in their families to attend college.
The top 10 states represented are New York (182), California (165), Massachusetts (91), New Jersey (64), Florida (55), Connecticut (41), Pennsylvania (40), Texas (39), Maryland (39) and Illinois (34). Regionally, 29 percent hail from Mid-Atlantic States, 19 percent from the West, 15 percent from New England, 13 percent from the South, 9 percent from the Midwest, and 5 percent from the Southwest. An additional 10 percent live overseas.
One admitted student is from the Virgin Islands, and three are from Puerto Rico.
The admitted students€™ academic profile is exceptional, with average SAT scores of 731 in critical reading, 725 in math, and 734 in writing. The average super-scored ACT is a 32. Fifty-four percent of the students who submitted high school rank are projected either to be valedictorian or to graduate in the top one percent of their class.
Williams€™ strong financial aid program is critically important in encouraging outstanding students to apply.
Admissions decisions are need-blind for U.S. students, and the college provides grants and other assistance to meet 100 percent of the demonstrated financial need of every student for four years.
Students who choose to come to Williams say they were attracted by its academic reputation, size, academic facilities, and the attractiveness of the campus, in addition to the personal attention and extracurricular opportunities it offers.
The target size for the Class of 2017 is 550 students, as it was last year.
Two-hundred forty-nine applicants were admitted to the class through the college's early decision process, making up 45 percent of the class.
The remaining admitted students received their acceptances by March 27 and have until May 1 to decide whether to enroll.
All accepted students are invited to attend the Williams Previews program April 15-16 to explore the college and meet many of their future classmates.