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Williams College

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityA+ Faculty AccessibilityA+
Useful SchoolworkA+ Excess CompetitionA
Academic SuccessA+ Creativity/ InnovationA+
Individual ValueA+ University Resource UseA
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA FriendlinessA+
Campus MaintenanceA Social LifeA-
Surrounding CityB+ Extra CurricularsA+
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Arrogant

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

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Date: Feb 24 2010
Major: History/Histories (art history/etc.) (This Major's Salary over time)
I would rate my experience thus far at Williams as extremely positive and it seems to me that most of the students responding to this site represent a small minority on campus who are for whatever reason dissatisfied, whether they come from a huge city and expected lots of nightlife or were unprepared for the huge workload. Williams gives its students fantastic flexibility and allows for a lot of creativity in your fields as well. The faculty here are so approachable. I have truly enjoyed my time here getting to know faculty and staff beyond our time in the classroom. Grading here is pretty fair, but WARNING: you have to work very hard. The workload is greater than at Harvard and other Ivy schools where the prevailing philosophy is,
once you are in, you must be smart, so we'll give you a good grade.
Lots of extracurricular activities, especially if you love the outdoors.

I highly recommend visiting the school!

commentThis review mentions the issue of grading, which seems to be more stringent than at other institutions. The related problem is that hardworking students at Williams often do not place into graduate programs - or receive graduate funding - on the basis of GPA numeric value, without consideration for the nature of the institution or its grading policies. This in turn appears to result in stunted (or even halted) careers for students (several of whom I know personally) who probably would have fared better at Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, or Princeton.
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