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Williams College Class of 2023 ED Results

redcatsredcats 3 replies4 threads New Member
edited December 2018 in Williams College
Thread for results only! Decisions came out on Friday 6pm EST. Accepted, deferred, or denied, best of luck and congratulations Class of 2023.

[size=+2 ] Decision:
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[ b]College and Program:[ /b]
Objective:[ list]
[* ] SAT I (breakdown):
[* ] ACT:
[* ] SAT II:
[* ] Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0):
[* ] Rank (percentile if rank is
[* ] AP (place score in parenthesis):
[* ] IB (place score in parenthesis):
[* ] Senior Year Course Load:
[* ] Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.):
[ /list][ b]Subjective:[/b]
Extracurriculars (place leadership in
Job/Work Experience:
Volunteer/Community service:
Summer Activities:
Teacher Recommendation:
Counselor Rec:
Additional Rec:
Supplementary Material(if any):
[ /list][ b]Other[/b]
State (if domestic applicant):
Country (if international applicant):
School Type:
Income Bracket(specify if applied for
Hooks (URM, first generation college,
[ /list][ b]Reflection[/b]
Why you think you were accepted/
Where else were you accepted/
[ /list][ b]General Comments:[/b]
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  • dla26dla26 172 replies23 threads Junior Member
    I'll chime in with my daughter's results:

    Decision: Deferred
    ACT: 35 (subscores: 36 on Science, 35 on everything else)
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.78
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): School doesn't rank, but probably top 20% (competitive high school)
    AP (place score in parenthesis): Japanese (5), World History (5), Lang (5), Microeconomics (4), Environmental Science (4). Currently enrolled in 4 more (Psych, Calc AB, Lit, Gov)
    Senior Year Course Load: AP Psych, AP Calc AB, AP Lit, AP Gov, 3D Printing (1 sem), Health (1 sem), Creative Writing (1 sem), Forensic Science II (2nd sem), Pottery (2nd sem), something else next semester. Can't remember.
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): National Merit Commended Scholar, AP Scholar with Distinction
    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): Founder and President of ACLU Club (started in 10th grade). Theater tech, GSA (Secretary, I think?), Model UN, volunteer tutor at library, played piano 12 years, girl scout for 10+ years, NHS
    Job/Work Experience: Waitress during summer
    Volunteer/Community service: Tutored at library 2 hours every Saturday
    Summer Activities: ACLU Summer Institute, JSA 3-week course on Media and Politics, Speech and Debate thing
    Essays: 9/10 or 10/10 IMO
    Teacher Recommendation: I think really good, but who knows? She asked her AP Lang and AP Env. Science teachers
    Counselor Rec: I think really good
    Additional Rec: Faculty advisor for ACLU Club who was also her freshman year history teacher
    Interview: N/A for Williams, but she did get to speak with an AO for about an hour as a consolation prize for not getting into WOW
    Supplementary Material (if any): None
    State (if domestic applicant): WA
    School Type: Public
    Ethnicity: Japanese + Caucasian
    Gender: Sex = female. Gender = nonbinary
    Strengths: ACLU is her big thing. She published a know-your-rights guide, ran voter registration drives, organized speakers to come to school, etc.
    Weaknesses: GPA is a little weak. Her 1st sem freshman year was bad with a B-, B, and B+ (I think). She has a strong upward trend, but even at her best, it was all As and 1 B+. There are lots of kids with 4.0s for all 3 years
    Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: GPA
    Where else were you accepted/waitlisted/rejected: Too early to say
    General Comments: She always considered Williams to be a super reach. She applied to WOW almost on a whim and was surprised that they responded favorably to her application. She didn't get in, but they gave her an application fee waiver and scheduled a phone call with an AO. They also told her that not everyone who gets rejected for WOW gets these benefits, and those that do have historically had approximately double the probability of getting in compared to the rest of the applicant pool. (So instead of a 12% chance, maybe a 24% chance.)
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  • writingpumpkin03writingpumpkin03 158 replies6 threads Junior Member
    Decision: Accepted!

    • SAT I (breakdown): 1580 (800 M + 780 CR)
    • ACT: 35
    • SAT II: 800 Literature, 800 Bio E, 770 Math 2
    • Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0
    • Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): school doesn't rank, ~5% maybe?
    • AP (place score in parenthesis): Biology (5), Seminar (5), US History (5), English Lang (5), Chemistry (3 lol)
    • Senior Year Course Load: AP Lit, AP Calc BC, AP Physics I, AP Research, AP Chinese, and an elective
    • Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): gold key and a silver key from the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards for short stories, got a short story published in a statewide magazine for student writers, National Merit Semifinalist, honor roll

    • Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis): creative writing club, worked as a tutor in my school's writing center, played in a couple of music groups as a violist, Chinese club (treasurer), National Honors Society, Chinese Honors Society (Vice President)
    • Job/Work Experience: none
    • Volunteer/Community service: outside of tutoring, none
    • Summer Activities: Iowa Young Writers' Studio, Kenyon Young Writers Workshop, New England Young Writers' Conference, another workshop at Columbia
    • Essays: hopefully good? Idk how to rate my own writing, but because writing is my strong suit, they should have been able to stand out a bit.
    • Teacher Recommendation: I think I got a very good one from my AP Lang teacher, but the one from my AP Chem teacher may have been a bit generic
    • Counselor Rec: Generic, since I go to a medium-sized public school
    • Additional Rec: A well-written one from my viola teacher
    • Interview: N/A
    • Supplementary Material(if any): none

    • State (if domestic applicant): Connecticut
    • School Type: Competitive public
    • Ethnicity: South Asian
    • Gender: male and cis
    • Income Bracket (specify if applied for FA): upper-middle class
    • Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): none, unless being Asian is a hook now (which I doubt it is)

    • Strengths: Stats, summer activities, essays
    • Weaknesses: School and community involvement
    • Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: I think the combination of applying ED and my passion for creative writing pushed me over the edge.

    General Comments:
    I'm just so happy right now!
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  • hannahseastarhannahseastar 2 replies1 threads New Member
    Decision: Accepted!!

    ACT: 35
    SAT II: 720 Literature, 740 Biology E
    Unweighted GPA: 3.95
    Rank: My school doesn't provide rank but probably top 10% out of a class of 35
    AP: Literature (4)
    Senior year course load: Physics A, English 12, Calculus, Current Events, Rhetoric (my school doesn't provide AP/Honors courses, but my classes are probably considered at least honors level)
    Electives: Chorus (all cape music festival 3 times), Advanced Painting, Advanced Ceramics
    Major Awards: PSAT national commended scholar, gold award in the national german exam, honorable mention in the scholastic art competition, and 2nd and 3rd place at regional science fair.

    Extracurriculars: Teaching Assistant for the studio art elective, founder of the after school art program, internship at the Marine Biological Laboratories, internship at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, horseback riding for 10 years (summer camp helper), Soccer (JV captain), Gay Straight Alliance (leader), and the Women in Science Club (founding member)
    Job Experience: Gymnastics Instructor year round
    Volunteer Experience: None
    Summer Activities: Internships and working at the gymnastic studio
    Essays: I feel like both the personal essay and the supplement were very good!
    Teacher Recommendation: As far as I know it was very good. The teacher has helped me with and is very familiar with my science fair work. She also has a close relationship with me and I excelled in her class.
    Counsellor Recommendation: Probably great! We have a close personal relationship and she worked in quotes from scientists I interned for and a full peer reference written by my best friend who is an amazing writer.
    Additional recommendation: none
    Interview: None
    Supplementary material: I included a copy of my science fair abstract about my project on correcting disease-causing mutations within human kidney cells with RNA editing.

    State: Massachusetts
    School Type: Competitive Private School
    Ethnicity: Caucasian
    Gender: Cis Female
    Income Bracket: Upper middle class (no application for FA)
    Hooks: None

    Strengths: Cool science fair project, extracurriculars, essays, and recommendations
    Weaknesses: No hook, average stats
    Why do I think I was accepted: I think it was probably a combination of my science fair project, my internships at top research institutions, strong essays and recommendations, and strong extracurriculars. However, even with these advantages, I probably wasn't near the top of the pool because I don't have any hooks
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  • redcatsredcats 3 replies4 threads New Member
    Decision: Accepted:D


    SAT I (breakdown): n/a
    ACT: 30
    SAT II: n/a
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 3.75
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): maybe top 10/15%
    AP (place score in parenthesis): AP US History
    Senior Year Course Load: studying abroad, multiple intensive language courses.
    Major Awards (USAMO, Intel etc.): won 3 national full scholarships for study abroad, mvp- both years for varsity sport, national recognition from an organization, several local awards.


    Extracurriculars: state ranked/state champion/top 5 in multiple events all-years varsity t&f athlete, big family responsibilities - cooked for my family every night, speed skating, karate, improv, diversity club.
    Job/Work Experience: instructor at karate school and paid lab internship.
    Volunteer/Community service: taught kids at my former middle school high jump for two seasons.
    Summer Activities: several of my ecs.
    Essays: pretty good, I think, my greatest academic strength is my writing skills.
    Teacher Recommendation: didn’t see, knew the teachers for a long time/deep connection.
    Counselor Rec: didn’t see.
    Additional Rec: n/a
    Interview: n/a
    Supplementary Material (if any): n/a

    State (if domestic applicant): Wisconsin
    School Type: small town public, drawing from mostly rural areas and a couple suburbs.
    Ethnicity: mixed race
    Gender: female
    Income Bracket (specify if applied for FA): EFC of 0.
    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): recruited athlete, URM, adversity (bereaved - lost parent beginning of high school, income).


    Strengths: excellent ecs, good essays, jobs, personal qualities, unusual distinction w the v. prestigious study abroad awards/study abroad senior year/learning an uncommon language, “impact player” athletic recruit, urm, adversity.
    Weaknesses: act and gpa isn’t terrible, but below the avg for the school, only 1 ap which I didn’t take the test for.

    Why you think you were accepted/waitlisted/rejected: I like to believe that under some pretty extenuating circumstances I did pretty darn good. I think I have a lot to offer.

    General Comments: I poured everything into my high school years and Williams has been my dream school since the beginning, beyond thrilled.
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  • marvin100marvin100 8568 replies1249 threads Senior Member
    Congrats, folks!

    - Marv (Williams '94)
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  • magdalenaavmagdalenaav 2 replies0 threads New Member
    Decision: Accepted!
    College and Program: English Literature and History

    SAT I (breakdown): 1320 (630M, 690ERW)
    SAT II: Spanish 800, Literature 690
    Unweighted GPA (out of 4.0): 4.0
    Rank (percentile if rank is unavailable): top 5%
    IB (place score in parenthesis): predicted 42 (not counting extra points) an A in TOK, idk about predicted for EE
    Senior Year Course Load: History HL, English Lang & Lit HL, Visual Arts HL, Biology SL, Math SL, French ab initio

    Extracurriculars (place leadership in parenthesis):
    Air Dancer for 5 years, many presentations and performances
    MUN for 4 years, various awards (leadership team)
    Triathlon Team, 4 years placed in many competitions
    National Honor Society
    Prom Committee (organized prom, represented my grade)

    Job/Work Experience: Worked at the most important newspaper in my country for an entire summer
    Volunteer/Community service: Designed my own project to teach creative writing to at risk youth in my country. Presented the poems in an exhibition and raised money through an auction. Bought school supplies for all of the kids with the money

    Summer Activities: Went to an Outdoor summer camp every summer during high school where we did backpacking, canoeing, hiking, rafting, and summited 14,172ft Mount Shasta. Went to Alaska to learn ice climbing.

    Essays: Very good, have always been a very strong writer and this really pulled me through.

    Teacher Recommendation: One from my English teacher, very good, really knew me well. The other from my History teacher, who dedicated a lot of time to it and potentially a very good letter.

    Counselor Rec: very good, she put a lot of effort into my reccommendation

    Supplementary Material(if any): added in my website which included my writing samples

    Country (if international applicant): Panama

    School Type: International school, K-12

    Ethnicity: Latin American, White

    Gender: Female

    Income Bracket(specify if applied for FA): upper middle class

    Hooks (URM, first generation college, etc.): none

    Strengths: Very good writer and very original extracurriculars

    Weaknesses: SAT not very high

    Why you think you were accepted: Because of my writing. I worked very hard on my essays, and the fact that my first language is not English yet I was applying for English Lit and wrote well really helped. I also think my extracurriculars really made me stand out as both triathlon and air dance are not very common
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