Community Members

Willams College

  • Local residents can audit courses free of charge, under the following conditions:

    • available space in the course
    • approval of the instructor
    • no academic record will be produced
    • no method for verifying participation to outside agencies will be available

    The catalog, provides detailed information about the various courses.

    To begin the process, contact the instructor and work out the details of your participation whether or not you should engage in class discussions, take tests, etc.

    If you receive permission to audit, the instructor will need to submit the Williams Affiliation Request form to allow you access to the class.

  • High School Students

    Qualified students attending schools in Berkshire County and other nearby communities in Massachusetts and Vermont, and children of faculty or staff may be permitted to take a Williams class on a case-by-case basis, pending review and approval of Admission, space availability, and permission of instructor/department.

    • Non-degree students may take one course during senior year based on qualification and availability.
    • Non-degree students who are children of faculty or staff may take no more than eight courses total as a non-degree student.
    • Williams offers these courses for free, but non-degree students are responsible for any costs/fees associated with the course.
    • In general, high school students taking Williams classes have a GPA of 3.8 or higher, have been taking advanced high school courses, and have earned 4s or 5s in AP courses. When requesting a math course, students must have completed (or be completing) all math courses offered at their high school, including calculus and statistics.

    Process

    • Students should first meet with their guidance counselors to make sure they have school support and to browse the catalog which provides detailed information about courses. In general 100- and 200-level courses are appropriate choices.
    • Complete the Request to Enroll form. Guidance counselors will automatically receive a request for further information. No requests will be processed until both the student's and counselor's forms (with a current student transcript) have been received by Williams College.
    • Requests for fall classes may be submitted beginning August 1. Requests for spring classes may be submitted beginning December 1.
    • A few weeks following form submission, students will receive an email from either the Admission Office, if the student is not fully prepared for a college course, or from the Registrar's Office instructing them to contact the professor for permission. Proof of instructor permission to [email protected] is required prior to enrollment in any class.
    • Transcripts are automatically sent to high schools approximately two weeks following the grading deadline for the term. Students may order additional official transcripts at www.getmytranscript.org.

    Other Non-Matriculated Students

    • Full-time Williams employees and members of their immediate families may be eligible to take courses at Williams at a reduced fee, on a case-by-case basis.
    • Students should provide a high school or college transcript to admission (transcripts cannot be older than 10 years to be considered).
    • Students may take no more than eight courses in total as a non-degree student.

    The offices of Admission and Registrar will work with individuals to determine eligibility and register for courses. Please contact Barbara Robertson for more information.

Berkshire Community College

Another option to consider, Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at BCC can provide learning opportunities for Berkshire residents that are 50+ years old.