Getting Your 2021 Student Ready for Williams

May 2017

Dear Families of the Class of 2021,

We greatly look forward to meeting your students, and you, on Move-In DayMonday, August 28. Students will find their dorm keys in their Paresky Centermailboxes starting at 8:00 a.m. (and not a moment before 8:00 a.m.!).

If your student has been invited to attend First-Generation Orientation or has been notified by Williams that they are required to attend International Orientation, they should arrive on Friday, August 25.
Meanwhile, we hope you’ll partner with us to make sure your students complete a few critical tasks.

My colleague Dean Dave Johnson sent a message last week to all first-year students at the email addresses they used when applying to Williams. Please encourage your student to find and read Dave’s email, as it contains information about, and access to, all the steps they need to take between now and when they arrive on campus. In particular, and sooner rather than later, your own student must:

1) Complete required medical forms. These are due by July 1 and can’t be completed without a physical exam, so if your student’s not had an exam within the past year, now’s the time to schedule one. On a related note, please encourage your student to let us know if they are dealing with health issues of any kind that might require support while they’re at Williams. Our Health Center is fully equipped and prepared to ensure that such challenges won’t reduce the quality of your student’s experience here, and we do this work best when we know in advance what your student’s particular situation might be.

2) Enroll in Williams’ health insurance coverage — or waive Williams coverage in favor of your own qualifying plan. Massachusetts law requires all college students to have health insurance. Williams offers a policy through Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts with an annual premium of $1,818. If you determine that your own insurance plan provides comparable access to care in Williamstown, your student must waive participation in Williams’ insurance plan before August 1 to avoid that $1,818 chargeYour student can enroll in or waive Williams insurance here.

3) Williams bills students, not families, for all tuition and fees. Your students will receive an email around June 14 with information on registering themselves for our Student Account Center (SAC). Please make sure they read that email and follow the instructions. It is critical that each student register for SAC by July 10 to receive their fall term bill. In order for you to have access to SAC and receive monthly email billing notifications, your student must first register and then invite you to register. You can learn more about this on our Bursar’s website, which also provides information on Williams’ installment payment plan and tuition refund insurance.

To learn more about family resourcescommunications and services, and tips on helping your student make the most of Williams, visit early and often.

Because we also hope that you’ll engage with our larger community as well as your own student’s education, we’ll ask your student to enter or verify family post office addresses, land-line, and or cell-phone numbers in our database. Once we have that information, we can be in touch with you at a moment’s notice. I’ll follow up soon with information on how to get involved as a Williams volunteer.

Class of 2021 Family Days (parents weekend) falls on October 27-29.

Finally, we’ve launched a Facebook group for 2021 families, which includes seasoned families from the Class of 2020 who have lots of great tips to share.

That’s all (and plenty!) for now. We’ll continue to communicate with you at several points this summer and throughout your student’s first Williams year. If after reviewing all of this you have any questions, please feel free to ask them.

Have a wonderful summer. We’ll see you in August!

Rob White
Director of Parent and Family Programs