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School Spotlight: Williams College

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Elyse Krantz

Written by Elyse Krantzon August 22nd, 2017

I became interested in the college admissions process after serving as a student tour guide in the admissions office of my alma mater. After graduating, I accepted an admissions counseling position at Bennington College in Vermont where I evaluated applications and reviewed art portfolios from students across the country. Three years later, after pursuing my master's degree in New York City, I joined the admissions staff at Barnard College where I served as a senior admissions officer. At Barnard, I directed Long Island and Boston recruitment in addition to managing the College's alumnae interview program, coordinating admissions statistics, and editing various college publications. Having also served as an alumni interviewer for Dartmouth College and visited over 75 colleges, I feel especially well-equipped to help students prepare for admission interviews and campus tours.
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There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school! School Spotlight: Williams College Williamstown, MA Williams College has practically everything an active, intellectual student might be seeking: a small student body (approximately 2,100 undergrads) coupled with dedicated faculty; a dynamic campus set in the beautiful Berkshires of western MA; 160 student clubs and 32 varsity sports to choose from… and the list goes on. But what you may not know about Williams lies in their exceptional art and math departments. The arts are revered at Williams, as is evidenced by their ample studio and gallery space, as well as such intriguing course offerings The Art of Almost Nothing and Experimental Printmaking. On a typical fall weekend, students can enjoy performances of a visiting musical artist, a Chinese dance troupe, and a chamber music ensemble. While the visual and performing arts are among the ten most popular majors at the College, mathematics and statistics place within the top five. The Williams math department was recently named an Exemplary Mathematics Program by the American Mathematical Society, and it also features one of the largest undergraduate math research programs in the country. Fun fact: January at Williams is “Winter Study,” whereby students can spend four weeks pursuing an internship, an independent study course, or an international travel course. Image Credit: Top, Courtesy of Williams College College-Visit-CTA


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