Tucked into the far northwest corner of Massachusetts with the Berkshire Mountains providing a picturesque backdrop, Williams College is one of the premier colleges in the country. Ranked the top national liberal arts college by US News, it edges out its rival Amherst College for that honor. Located in Williamstown, the college was founded in 1793, making it the second oldest college in Massachusetts. A men’s college for almost 180 years, Williams began to admit women in 1970.
As visitors enter Williamstown on Main Street (Route 2) and cross over North Street, the campus opens up before them on either side of the road. Williams is in many ways the quintessential New England college campus and is especially beautiful on fall afternoons when the leaves have begun to turn. The campus architecture seamlessly mixes the old, such as West College built in 1790 and now used as a dormitory, with new buildings like the ’62 Center for Theatre & Dance and the soon-to-be-completed Stetson-Sawyer Building.