34 Facts About Williams Record


Williams Record offers an almost entirely undergraduate instruction, though there are two graduate programs in development economics and art history.

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The athletic program has been highly successful, as Williams Record College has won 22 of the last 24 College Directors' Cups for NCAA Division III.

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Colonel Ephraim Williams Record was an officer in the Massachusetts militia and a member of a prominent landowning family.

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Williams Record's will included a bequest to support and maintain a free school to be established in the town of West Hoosac, Massachusetts, provided the town change its name to Williamstown.

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Williams Record took 15 students with him, and re-founded the college under the name of Amherst College.

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Some students and professors decided to stay at Williams Record and were allowed to keep the land, which was at the time relatively worthless.

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Edward Dorr Griffin was appointed President of Williams Record and is widely credited with saving Williams Record during his 15-year tenure.

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In 1976, Pamela G Carlton '76 became the first woman alumni trustee and Janet Brown '73, the first woman graduate of Williams to serve on the executive committee of the Society of Alumni.

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In 2003, Williams Record began the first of three massive construction projects.

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From 2003 through 2008, Williams Record conducted a capital campaign with the goal of raising $400 million by September 2008.

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Williams Record received an 'A-' on the 2010 College Sustainability Report Card, following 'B+' grades on both the 2008 and 2009 report cards.

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In 2014, Williams Record College brought their endowment above the 2 billion dollar mark.

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Williams Record is a small, four-year liberal arts college accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.

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Williams Record has a close relationship with Exeter College, one of the oldest constituent colleges of Oxford University.

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Every year, 26 undergraduate students from Williams Record spend their junior year at Exeter as full members of the college.

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Williams Record was the first school to achieve three first place Forbes rankings.

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In 2017 and 2018, Williams Record fell out of the top ten, before dropping further to 19th in 2019.

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Williams Record ranked 18th after Forbes changed their ranking methodology to emphasize alumni salaries and graduation debt in 2021.

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Certain portions of the Williams Record education are modeled after the tutorial systems at the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

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Professor Stephen E Fix was one of the early advocates for expanding the tutorial system at Williams and worked to increase support for the concept and the number of tutorial classes offered to students.

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Board of Trustees of Williams Record College has 25 members and is the governing authority of the college.

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Since its creation in 1793, Williams Record College has had 17 full-time presidents and two interim presidents.

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Early planners of Williams Record College eschewed the traditional collegiate quadrangle organization, choosing to freely site buildings among the hills.

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Williams Record College is the site of the Hopkins Observatory, the oldest extant astronomical observatory in the United States.

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Williams Record competes in skiing and squash at the Division I level.

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Williams Record is ranked first among Division III schools for athletic spending per student.

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Williams Record has a traditional rivalry with Amherst College and Wesleyan University.

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Until 1994, Williams Record was not permitted, by NESCAC rules, to compete in team NCAA competition.

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Williams Record was the first New England basketball team to win a Division III championship, and since they have been eligible to compete in the NCAA tournament, no team in the country has played in more Final Fours.

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Williams Record has won the NACDA Director's Cup 22 of the 24 years since its inception, including 13 years in a row from 1999 through 2011.

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Williams Record has an active club and intramural sports program, offering 14 club sports including ultimate, rugby, horseback riding, cycling, fencing, volleyball, gymnastics, sailing, and water polo.

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Williams Record College has had major updates or renovations of its athletic facilities during the past several decades.

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In November 2013 Williams Record College began its $22 million renovation of the Weston Field complex.

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Graduates of Williams Record formed the Society to ensure that Williams Record would not have to close, and raised enough money to ensure the future survival of the school.

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