Williamstown is an attractive New England village located in the Berkshires of northwestern Massachusetts. Throughout the year the college, the Clark, and MASS MoCA (in nearby North Adams) offer active film, theater, music, dance, and athletic programs, to which all graduate students are welcome. These supplement the area’s rich array of other cultural activities, particularly in the summer, when Tanglewood, the Marlboro Music Festival, the Saratoga Festival of the Performing Arts, Jacob’s Pillow, and the Williamstown Theatre Festival are in season.
Many other museums and cultural institutions lie within an easy drive: New York and Boston are each about 3 hours away by car. Students often travel to them (as well as to other nearby cities with distinguished museums, including Worcester, Hartford, and New Haven) for course-related field trips.
Entering students have the option of living at Fort Hoosac, a large college-maintained house two doors down from the Clark. Fort Hoosac includes a dozen furnished, network-wired, single rooms on the upper floors, with shared baths, as well as a living room, dining room, and kitchen facilities on the ground floor. Cost of college housing is approximately $6,000. Fort Hoosac is the site of a number of social events during the year and is also a convenient place for after-hours study and discussion. Second-year students generally live off campus in rented houses or apartments, many of which are passed from generation to generation.
Students enrolled in the Program have access to all resources for students at Williams College, including
- Registrar’s Office (students may enroll in classes across the College)
- Art Department
- Visual Resources Center (facilities and support for digital imaging and related classroom work)
- Williams College libraries
- Health Center
- Athletic Center
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