Welcome from the President

President Mandel standing in front of Griffin Hall.

Welcome to Williams! This is the college that defines the very idea of what a college is—and should be. Over more than two centuries, Williams graduates have gone on to become presidents and prime ministers; scientists and sustainability advocates; artists, teachers, financiers, and talented people of all types.

Our graduates’ success is rooted in the Williams way: a deep and broad-ranging education in which students work side by side with field-leading scholars, teachers and practitioners. It’s also an education in which the lessons you learn in classrooms, labs and studios are reinforced by the richness of life outside of class. Williams is a place that educates the whole person.

That education is open to students from all backgrounds and perspectives. What unites us is our commitment to inquiry and learning, which will take you far beyond the strictures of majors and disciplines. Whatever your academic interests, at Williams you’ll delve deeply into advanced knowledge, research and practice in the intimacy of a close-knit campus. This is a place where you can focus closely on your studies and then just as easily turn to hit the soccer field, climb a mountain, hear a world-renowned performer or connect to people in New York, Boston and beyond.

This is a remarkable school, filled with remarkable people. It’s a wonderful place to live, learn and grow. I know you’ll agree.

Maud S. Mandel
Professor of History; Program in Jewish Studies