Frequently Asked Questions

  • Encourage your student to reach out directly to a professor, a dean, a counselor, a coach, an academic resource specialist, or a chaplain. Williams is filled with spectacularly qualified and deeply dedicated faculty and staff whose jobs are to support students in every way possible to get the most out of their undergraduate experience. Learn more.

  • Williams offers 24/7 emergency health coverage and extensive medical and counseling resources. Learn more.

  • As with other personal records (see below), students over 18 control who receives financial information related to college expenses. This confuses many parents at first. After all, if we’re paying those bills, how come we don’t receive them automatically? Thankfully, it’s easy for your student to grant you access to our billing system, which will then provide you with all the information you need, plus timely reminders on payment deadlines. Learn more.

  • Because Williams is prohibited by law from giving you such information without your student’s written consent. Learn more.

  • Student safety comes before every other Williams priority. Learn more about our Campus Safety and Security programs and services.

  • Our Dining Services colleagues are particularly attuned to medical and religious dietary restrictions. They can accommodate nearly any requirement your own student might have, at no extra cost, as part of our standard meal plan. After you’ve had a chance to familiarize yourself with our services, please encourage your student to reach out to Dining Services, whose experts work most effectively when they work directly with students themselves.

  • Regardless of their academic major, Williams alumni are highly valued by leading employers and top graduate programs. Students emerge from Williams able to think critically, express themselves effectively, and understand issues that transcend academic disciplines. These skills help them succeed not only in their first jobs but throughout their entire careers. As former Williams math professor (and current Williams parent!) Satyan Devadoss puts it, "You can study what you love [at Williams] and then go do what you want." Learn more.

  • On our Move-In Day website

  • See the Visitors Guide for driving directions, information on travel by plane, train, bus, taxi, and limousine, as well as lodging and restaurant listings. 

  • Right here. (Commencement dates are  set three years in advance.) 

  • Our student-authored Bell Book's a great source of guidance.

  • Again, refer to the Bell Book, a great resource for many other things Williams as well.

  • Williams has a large number of computers and printers available to students in public labs, but most students find that it is an advantage to work in their rooms, especially during exam periods when the labs are busy. See Purchasing a Computer for suggestions from Williams' information technology office.

  • Located at 81 Spring Street at the corner of Walden St., The Williams Bookstore is the local supplier of textbooks and course materials, as well as general interest titles and Williams apparel, accessories, and gifts.

  • The nearest store is Wal-Mart in North Adams. There's a Target store in the Berkshire Mall in Lanesboro.

    • There are several banks within walking distance of campus and three ATMs, one in Paresky Center and two on Spring Street.
  • Via the United States Postal Service (USPS):
    Name of Student (First, Middle Initial, Last)
    Student’s Mailbox # Paresky
    Williamstown, MA 01267

    Via non-USPS (FedEx, UPS, DHL, etc.):
    Name of Student (First, Middle Initial, Last)
    Student’s Mailbox # Paresky
    39 Chapin Hall Drive
    Williamstown, MA 01267

    Mail is delivered to student mailboxes in Paresky Center once a day. Mail is not delivered to dormitories.

  • Williams Dining Services offers festive cakes and cookies for any event. Orders must be places four days before the desired pick-up date (Monday through Saturday). Call 413.597.2121.

  • Williams Motorcoach operates to and from NYC, Boston, and Albany for major college breaks. Also see the Visitors Guide for information on commercial transportation options.

  • At the end of fall semester, student residences close at 12 noon the day after the last day of finals. However, international students may request to stay on-campus during winter break and are typically consolidated into one building until Winter Study begins. Additionally, some pre-approved winter athletic teams are allowed to return a day or two early for Winter Study. Typically during Spring Break, the residences close at 12 noon on the first Saturday of the break, and re-open at 8am on the Saturday just before classes restart. We are piloting a program in 2019, through which any student who has on-campus housing for the spring semester can stay for any or all of the break period. Students approved to stay typically stay in their own rooms - though mandatory life safety system testing will require some 24-hour building closures, and the college also reserves the right to consolidate if necessary.  At the end of Spring Semester: student residences close at noon the day after the last day of finals. However, seniors are allowed to stay until 5pm on Commencement Sunday, and some students are allowed to stay on campus to work or do research. Questions?  Contact Gail Rondeau, Housing Coordinator, Office of Student Life.

  • No, first-year students are not allowed to keep a car on campus at any time during the academic year.

  • Connors Brothers (413.458.8141), Mullen (800.548.4338), and All College Storage 888.920.7238 are independent moving and storage companies offering summer storage near campus. Limited free storage is available to financial aid recipients and international students.

  • AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and Nextel provide cell phone service in this area.