WILLIAMSTOWN -- Williams College welcomed a new batch of Ephs to campus on Monday, as 546 freshmen moved in.
The 272 women and 274 men in the class of 2017 arrived to participate in the college’s First Days program, which introduces first-year students to the campus.
"It’s really the most exciting time of year on a college campus," Assistant to the President for Public Affairs James Kolesar said Tuesday. "I think students were already making lifelong friends on day one, and getting ready for a serious academic experience and lots of out of classroom experience."
The college’s total enrollment is holding steady at approximately 2,100 students, he said.
"It never really changes much by policy," Kolesar said. "We feel that that’s the right size for Williams."
The class includes students from 42 states, with 7 percent of the class representing 48 foreign countries.
"In the internet age, we’re always communicating internationally," he said, adding that at least one admission officer travels abroad to recruit new students.
During the First Days program, students will meet their academic advisors, learn about academic departments, learn to navigate the campus, and take placement exams.
New to First Days this year will be the Spring Street Food Fair on Thursday, Kolesar said.
"It’s to get students more acclimated to what’s on Spring Street," he said.
Students will swipe their student ID at The Log on Spring Street, where they will receive $12 to be used Thursday evening at select food vendors. Some establishments will also offer discounts, memberships for rewards programs, and information for students.
Every new student will also participate in EphVentures over Labor Day weekend, where they’ll work on community service projects, hone leadership skills, explore the outdoors and visit art institutions.
On Sunday, students will participate in group discussions for Williams Reads. Each students received a copy of the novel "Crescent" by Diana Abu-Jaber this summer.
Students will also hear important programming for college life, including alcohol use, Kolesar said.
"Alcohol use intersects with sexual assault," Kolesar said. "There’s even more programming about that on the schedule this year."
Monday’s move-in process went smoothly thanks to increased coordination with the Williamstown Police Department, he said.
"There were extra patrols, and signs," Kolesar said. "According to our security director, it made it smoother, safer, and more convenient for students and their families."
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