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Wellness at Williams

Find out about our recreational classes, including spinning, yoga, and personal fitness. More »

Prospective Students

Thinking about coming to Williams? Information on visiting, meeting coaches, and scheduling tryouts. More »

Williams Outing Club (WOC)

The Outing Club’s mission is to support outdoor activities at Williams and make the outdoors accessible to everyone, regardless of experience or skill level. More »

Student Athletes

Check out the ways student athletes are involved at Williams and in surrounding communities. More »

Varsity Sports

Williams is a Division III school and a member of NESCAC and NCAA. The college's thirty varsity men and women's teams compete year-round. More »

Recreational and Intramural Sports

Williams offers numerous non-varsity sporting opportunities for students, including volleyball, badminton, and fencing. More »
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Williams College sponsors varsity, JV, intramural, club sports, physical education, recreation, and fitness classes. With a dedicated faculty and world-class facilities, the department seeks to promote the highest standards in health and physical fitness.

In addition to 32 men’s and women’s varsity teams, Williams has an active club and intramural sports program, offering a variety of club sports including ultimate frisbee, rugby, equestrian, cycling, fencing, volleyball, sailing, water polo, and more. More than 60% of Williams’ students compete on at least one varsity, junior varsity, or club team.

The school’s athletic teams are called the Ephs (rhymes with “chiefs”), a shortening of the first name of founder Ephraim Williams. The college is a Division III member institution of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC).

To encourage students to develop lifelong healthy habits, Williams requires students to take four physical education credits and pass a swim test.