williams college application essays

After crossing this hurdle, you'll need to impress Williams College application readers through their other application requirements, including extracurriculars, essays, and letters of recommendation. We'll cover more below.

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Williams College admits about 18% of its applicants, making it one of the most selective colleges in the nation. Admissions officials note that a student's application essay, recommendations, academic record, standardized test scores, GPA, class rank, extracurricular activities, and talents are the most important factors in the admissions process. Other factors include a candidate's alumni relation, character, volunteer work, geographical residence, racial/ethnic status, work experience, and whether an applicant is a first-generation college student.

Williams has an Early Decision option, and almost 40% of its recent freshman class were Early Decision applicants. The College requires students to submit an application essay, standardized test scores, two academic teacher evaluations, a secondary school report, and a mid-year report.


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The College of William & Mary is highly selective. The acceptance rate in 2016 was only 37 percent. Students will need grades and standardized test scores well above average to be considered for admittance. Students interested in William & Mary can apply using either the Common Application or the Coalition Application. Both applications will require applicants to submit SAT/ACT scores, high school transcripts, an essay, and details about extracurricular activities, work experiences, and honors.