Why Williston?

One visit is all it takes.


“Williston is a unique environment that allows you to experiment and try new things without fear of failure. I can't imagine another place that is more dedicated to fostering success in a person as a whole, not merely in the classroom. Take advantage of it!”
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Quick Facts

Our 95 faculty members bring their love of learning to the classroom, together with broad life experiences. 67% of them hold graduate degrees. These talented teachers create a dynamic classroom environment, emphasizing discussion and collaboration and promoting an open exchange of ideas. Faculty, who are not only teachers, but coaches and dorm parents, will really get to know you, and together, you'll discover a world of ideas and new ways to learn.

Founded in 1841

Williston combines a strong academic tradition along with a commitment to innovation.

480 Students

Williston welcomes students from 25 states and 27 countries; 50% male, 50% female.
Average Class Size: 13
Small classes and individual instruction are hallmarks of a Williston education.

37 AP and Honors Classes

Last year 209 Williston Students took 442 Advanced Placement exams, with 88% scoring 3 or higher.


We are a community that lives and learns together. Williston values individual growth and expression as a way to create an authentic, diverse, and dynamic community. We expect students and faculty to pursue unique passions and interests. Our residential life program provides a foundation for all our students—boarding and day. We come together at assemblies, events, and special dinners with programming that focuses on every aspect of student life.

I Will Compete With Grace

Athletics is a key part of a Williston education. We field 67 interscholastic teams at the varsity, junior varsity, and beginner levels to give students a full range of opportunities to play and compete as a member of a team. We also offer recreational options and fitness training.

“I love that at Williston, creativity can be found in athletics and not just in the art classroom.”EMILY GRUSSING ’15
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I WILL Think for myself

In the 21st century, preparing students for success in college and beyond means teaching them how to take full advantage of the available technology. Our Curricular Technology Program (CTP) puts a tablet into the hands of every student and every teacher. This brings important systems right into the classroom. The goal of the CTP is to teach students how to use technology thoughtfully to communicate, problem solve, and think critically.

I Will Be Independent

As our students develop an appetite for deeper learning, they can participate in the unique Williston Scholars program, with courses offered in four academic departments. All courses take maximum advantage of the resources of the Five College consortium—faculty, speakers, libraries, labs, and museums. At Williston, students can challenge themselves by taking advantage of our many electives, more than 24 Advanced Placement courses, and opportunities to stretch intellectually in a Williston Scholars course.

Williston Scholars Courses are offered in the following departments:

  • English
  • History and Global Studies
  • Science
  • Visual and Performing Arts

Learn more at www.williston.com/williston-scholars

Brendan Hellweg
“Writing ten pages a week was daunting, sure, but it was exhilarating, too, and it gave me a love for creative thought,” he said of his experience. “Writers’ Workshop is a tremendous course, one that offers conversations of a scope and level of quality that stands out among the courses I’ve taken thus far, both at Williston and, so far, at Yale.”- BRENDAN HELLWEG ’14
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C.O.R.E. Program

Beginning with an orientation trip and continuing through the year with special workshops, assemblies, and projects, Williston's ninth grade program fosters Curiosity, Organization, Reflection, and Empathy (C.O.R.E.), a theme that applies to classroom, dormitory, and community life. Ninth grade advisors, who work together as a team, specialize in just this year. They help ease the transition to high school, supporting students and giving them the tools to success.

I Will Explore and Discover

At Williston, we take the arts seriously, with the awareness that these disciplines offer students the opportunity to feel the excitement of creative realization and self-discovery, together with the satisfaction of sharing with others to enrich the life of the community. Our arts faculty members are practicing musicians, actors, and visual artists who bring their individual talents and experience to their classrooms and studios. All Williston students take at least three trimesters of art classes. Demanding vocal and instrumental music ensembles carry academic credit. The academic arts program is complemented by parallel extracurricular arts activities.


  • Amherst College: 4
  • Babson College: 8
  • Bentley University: 12
  • Boston University: 11
  • Brown University: 5
  • Carnegie Mellon University: 7
  • Colby College: 11
  • College of Charleston: 11
  • Connecticut College: 18
  • Cornell University: 11
  • Fordham University: 7
  • Gettysburg College: 4
  • Hamilton College NY: 4
  • Harvard College: 5
  • Hobart and William
  • Smith Colleges: 19
  • Ithaca College: 11
  • Middlebury College: 5
  • New York University: 26
  • Northeastern University: 16
  • Occidental College: 7
  • Skidmore College: 9
  • St. Lawrence University: 5
  • Syracuse University: 11
  • The George Washington
  • University: 10
  • Trinity College: 25
  • Tufts University: 7
  • Union College: 16
  • University of Massachusetts Amherst: 16
  • University of
  • Pennsylvania: 6
  • University of Southern California: 8
  • University of Vermont: 11
  • Wesleyan University: 6
  • Williams College: 6
  • Yale University: 4

Henry Lombino

Wesleyan University '18
“Williston utterly prepared me for college by constantly pushing me to expand my world and allowing me to do so many different things.”
Henry Lombino

Olivia Foster

CORNELL UNIVERSITY ’18“Williston prepared me to stay organized and work hard... I was prepared to balance academics with extracurricular activities.”
Olivia Foster

Gia Parker

DARTMOUTH COLLEGE ’18“[the College Counseling office] helped me throughout every step in the process and was always available to give advice and to look over my applications.”
Gia Parker

Tory Kolbjornsen

TUFTS UNIVERSITY ’18“The college counseling office was incredibly supportive and helped keep me on track and keep my mind open looking at different schools.”
Tory Kolbjornsen

I Will Find a Sense of Place

We Are Connected

Easthampton, located in the Pioneer Valley, is an easy two hour drive west from Boston and three hours from New York City. The Valley is home to the Five Colleges (Amherst, Hampshire, Mount Holyoke, and Smith Colleges and the University of Massachusetts Amherst). Our students and faculty take advantage of the opportunities that surround our campus--by volunteering and experiencing the wealth of academic, artistic, and athletic opportunities in the Five College area.