Williams College Ranking Profile

Established in 1793, Williams College is a top leading private liberal arts college located in the Berkshires in northwestern Massachusetts, 135 miles from Boston and 165 miles from New York City. It was the first American college or university to sponsor a scientific expedition, in 1835. The Hopkins Observatory at Williams is the oldest astronomical observatory in the US.

Williams College is accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC).

Ranking Profile:

- Ranked 1st among liberal arts colleges by U.S. News and World Report (2010).

- Ranked 3rd (after Princeton and Caltech) in Forbes' 2009 ranking of America's Best Private Colleges.

- 2nd among the top liberal arts college for "Best Values" (US News 2009).

- 2nd among the Top 10 American Colleges (Global Language Monitor 2008).

- Rated 8th in the Washington Monthly rankings 2007, which focus on key academic outputs such as research, scientific grants won in the natural and social sciences and the number of B.A. graduates earning PhD.

- Williams is ranked 5th (behind Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and Stanford) in a 2004 Wall Street Journal survey of the "feeder schools" to the top fifteen business, law, and medical schools in the country.

-  Rated 1st overall according to the fifth annual report by the National Collegiate Scouting Association which ranks colleges based on student-athlete graduation rates, academic strength, and athletic prowess.

- In the first ranking of the nation's top college golf teams Golf Digest Magazine has ranked the Williams men's program 10th in the Academics-first classification.

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