Frequently Asked Questions

  • How will a Williams liberal arts degree help my student succeed in the workplace?

    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 math professor Satyan Devadoss puts it, "You can study what you love [at Williams] and then go do what you want." Learn more.

  • Should my student bring a computer to campus?

    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.

  • Where's the bookstore?

    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.

  • Where should we send mail to our student?

    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.

  • Do dorms close during the long vacation breaks?

    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. During Spring Break, the residences close at 12 noon on the first Saturday of the break. However, students may ask to stay on campus if they meet specific criteria (senior doing thesis work, member of a pre-approved athletic team, students who live outside the Northeast).  Students approved to stay typically stay in their own rooms, though the college 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.