Inviting Families to Williams Firsts Orientation

Dear Williams Firsts Families, 

Williams College is proud to support our students who come to Williams as “first” in some way. The Williams Firsts community on campus includes students who are the first in their families to go to college, students who are the first in their communities to travel away after high school, students who are the first in their high schools to attend a school like Williams, and more. To be first in any of these ways takes hard work and courage, and it is important for us to bring these students together at the beginning of the academic year.

One of every six Williams students is invited to take part in the Williams Firsts program, and we are delighted your student is being asked to participate.

  • Williams Firsts students are among the college’s most successful and go on to great careers and lives as Williams graduates.
  • Our deans and their leadership team of older students in the Williams Firsts community will help your student thrive at Williams and take full advantage of all the opportunities and support systems the college provides. 

Our Williams Firsts pre-orientation program starts Saturday, August 27, and we are delighted to invite you to join them on campus for a special family orientation program at the start of their Williams journey. Students have been invited to register their family members for this program, so please work with them on the transportation and lodging arrangements outlined in their own invitation.  If you can come to Williams, you and your student should arrive on campus for dorm move-in any time after 9:00 a.m. or before 5:00 p.m. Saturday, August 27. You’ll join them for an informal dinner that evening and participate in special family programming all day Sunday, August 28, ending with a student and family picnic and goodbye hugs that evening. (All meals starting with dinner on Saturday, August 27 through breakfast before you depart on Monday, August 29, will be free of charge.)

We look forward to meeting you if you’re able to join your student for our orientation program.

And whether you attend or not, I’m happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have. Please feel free to contact me at [email protected].

Congratulations and best wishes, 

Rob White

Director of Parent & Family Programs