Top Six Ways Williston Athletics Can Help You with College Admission


If athletics is your thing, you know how important it is to train right and to be surrounded by teammates and coaches who have your back. Williston Northampton School, a New England boarding school based in Massachusetts, can help you achieve your goals when it comes to athletics and looking ahead to college sports. Here are six ways Williston can position you for future success:

1) Cultivation of Valuable Life Skills 

At Williston, you’ll develop life skills, such as teamwork, sportsmanship, discipline, resilience, sacrifice, collaboration, and leadership. These virtues athletes learn on our courts and our fields, in our pool and our rink, and along our courses and tracks.

2) Build Solid Relationships

As a Wildcat, you’ll build and foster lifelong relationships with peer student-athletes and coaching mentors. Students and alumni often say that their teammates and coaches feel like family.

3) Perfect Balance of Sports and School

Here, you’ll work with dedicated adults in a residential setting who promote the balance of academics and athletics. Your teachers and dorm heads are also your coaches, and they are invested not only in your success but in your happiness and growth as a human being.

4) Phenomenal Exposure for College Sports

We provide you the best opportunity to play in college, thanks to outstanding coaching; competition in a highly competitive, nationally recognized league; and exceptional college exposure. On average, one-third of our graduates go off to compete in college with 5 percent to 10 percent earning college scholarships each year. You’ll play in one of the most competitive secondary school athletic leagues in the country, NEPSAC, the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council.

5) Top Tier Sports Facilities

Many of Williston’s outstanding facilities are on par with collegiate facilities—turf fields, an ice rink, and all-weather tracks. Our six-lane Wilmot S. Babcock pool is a tremendous facility with a rich aquatics history. Williston is one of only a handful of schools in New England to use its pool all three seasons fielding boys and girls water polo and a highly competitive swim program. We also have a brand new cross-country course.

6) Programs Specifically Made for Improving Performance

You’ll reap the physical benefits of a college-level strength and conditioning program. The program aims to provide all students with an outlet to improve their athletic performance. The primary goal is to improve the way our athletes move. We strive to improve their patterns of movement, while progressively increasing their strength and power in order to improve performance, efficiency, and prevent injury.

Discover the Incredible Athletic Community at Williston

We love how one hockey player recently put it: “The hockey program here at Williston is one of the best things that I have ever been a part of. The schedule we play is one of the toughest in prep school hockey and it forces us to compete at a high level daily during both practice and games. The program philosophy is Better Every Day and it will become part of your mindset. My teammates and coaches have pushed me hard every day and that is what is so great about the program. We also are in a community where our coaches care, and they are always there for us. If I ever need to talk about something, I know where to go. Our daily schedule for hockey truly prepares us to be student-athletes at the next level. Twice a week we have practice and lift with our full-time strength and conditioning coach. He has a workout plan for us both in and out of season that gives players the best opportunity to stay healthy throughout the entire season. I am very lucky to be a part of the Williston Hockey program and community.” 

Read more about our athletics program here.