Williams College is a small private liberal arts college (2,000 undergraduate students) located in Williamstown, Massachusetts. Williams offers a "Winter Study" program in January where students have the option to focus on one particular course or they can obtain an internship, travel, or pursue an independent research project.
Famous "Purple Cow" alumni include Stephen Sondheim - American Composer, Jon Stone - writer/ director/co-creator of Sesame Street, Steve Case - founder and former CEO of America Online, Mariam Naficy - founder and CEO of Minted, George Steinbrenner - owner of the New York Yankees, Glenn D. Lowry - Director of the Museum of Modern Art (NYC), Richard Helms - former Central Intelligence Agency Director, and Dominick Dunne - author,
Top 5 Parent Picks when visiting Williams College:
Williamstown has a thriving art scene. MASS MoCA in North Adams (about a 10-minute drive from campus) is a visual and performing arts gallery, with more than 250,000 square feet, housed in a renovated 19th-century mill building. There is free parking, multiple cafes, a full-service restaurant, and a microbrewery that spotlights local malted grains and hops.
Enjoy a dinner at Public, the popular casual restaurant in North Adams that supports local farms, artisans and food producers. Reservations are accepted for large groups; otherwise, expect up to an hour wait on a busy weekend evening.
The Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in Williamstown houses the private collection of Sterling and Francine Clark, noted for its holdings of French Impressionist, Old Master, and American artists. Located on a 140-acre site, the campus also features hiking trails, ranging from short paths for children and beginners to rigorous trails for more experienced hikers.
The Williams College Museum of Art located right on campus features contemporary art, photography, prints and Indian painting. Students are particularly thrilled with a new program called WALLS, which loans students pieces from a special collection of original art to hang in their dorm rooms.
Christopher is a Freshman from Summit, New Jersey. One quirky fact about Christopher..."I’m a multi-instrumental musician."
Fun fact about Williams College: Williams has the largest squash court-to-student ratio.
Favorite Ice Cream Spot: Lickety-Split.
Where to Grab a Coffee: Tunnel City Coffee.
Best Burger Joint: The Purple Pub.
Pizzeria: Hot Tomatoes.
Diner and Favorite Dish: Misty Moonlight Diner, Grilled Turkey Club and a chocolate milkshake.
Sushi Spot and Your Go to Roll: Sushi Thai Garden.
Where you would love your parents to take you for parents weekend: Public in North Adams, MA.
Things to do:
Neighborhood Bookstore: Williams College Bookstore.
Where is your favorite spot on campus to hang: Sawyer Library.
Where do you want to go on spring break? Hawaii.
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Goff’s Williams Shop is the best spot to purchase school spirit wear!