Nearly at Williams!

Dear Families of the Class of 2023,

We greatly look forward to seeing your students, and many of you, on campus just days from now. A few thoughts about Move-In Day, Monday, August 26, for all except first-generation and international students and families):

  1. Paresky Center(where your students will pick up their dorm room keys or access codes) opens at 8:00 am…and you needn’t get there that early. Our Campus Safety colleagues are skilled in getting your cars close to dorm entries, and until 11:00 am older students will help you unload and carry your students’ belongings to their rooms, so actually folks who are first in the Paresky line often end up with a lot of time on their hands by about 10:30. While room check-in runs all the way until 4:30 pm, your student should make every effort to arrive in time to settle in and attend their first formal meeting with their dean at 2:30 pm.
  2. If your student will be living in a double room, please encourage them to wait until their roommate has arrived before choosing a bed, desk, etc. While everyone’s eager to settle in as soon as possible, keep in mind what it might be like for the other student to arrive and find a lot of “territory” already claimed. Having a conversation before making choices can go a long way toward helping roommates get off to the best possible start.
  3. Our Community Resource Fair, which runs from 9:00 am – 12:30 pm on the main floor of Paresky Center, features core Williams services and many local business, all there to answer your questions.
  4. Enjoy a free lunch in Mission Hall at any point between 11:00 am and 1:30 pm. And bring your own water bottle and/or coffee mug! We continue to cut down Move-In Day waste as part of Williams’ ambitious sustainability goals.
  5. From 1:00-2:00 pm, feel free to attend one of three family information sessions: 1) a general question-and-answer session in the lower level of Paresky Student Center, a session for families of varsity athletes in the Bernhard Music Center‘s Brook-Rogers Auditorium, or a tour of sacred campus spaces with our college chaplains, which leaves from the Paresky Center’s front porch.
  6. At 2:00 pm, it’s time to hug your students goodbye, as they’ll be heading off to their first orientation meeting.
  7. At 2:30, join us for the Welcome to Williams Families presentation in Chapin Hall: it’s a highly informative and deeply reassuring moment for new families.
  8. Safe travels home!

Here’s a map highlighting all Move-In Day venues, including dorm drop-off routes, parking, and water-filling stations.

And here are a few more things to keep in mind as your students arrive and settle in:

  • About School Books
    Encourage your students to learn ways to save on textbooks at Williams’ bookstore, where students on financial aid also benefit from Williams’ book grant.
  • First-Year Career Guidance
    In their first few weeks at Williams, students are encouraged to visit our ’68 Center for Career Exploration to help identify opportunities to explore during their time at Williams. Please encourage your student to complete their profile on our job and internship platform Handshake and register for EphLink to connect with Williams alumni across the globe. Visit the ’68 Center’s website to learn more about internships and many other resources.
  • The 2023 Class Photograph
    Captured on one of their very first days on campus, this beautiful 8” x 26” print is a lasting visual milestone.
  • Explore Our Beautiful Berkshires
    For a little country village, Williamstown offers big-city cultural attractions. When and if you’re able to visit campus, make time to explore the Williams College Museum of Art and Clark Art Institute, as well as MASS MoCA in nearby North Adams. Recreational opportunities also abound: the woods and mountains beckon.
  • Best wishes for easy packing and safe travels,

Rob White
Director of  Parent and Family Programs