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Astronomy, Bachelor

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
University rank #901 (ARWU) North Adams, MA, United States
The Astronomy program at Williams College spans the very old and the very new. The Hopkins Observatory is the oldest existing astronomical observatory in the United States and houses the earliest Alvan Clark telescope. At the same time, current astronomy faculty and students carry out research with some of the world’s most advanced telescopes.
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The Astronomy program at Williams College offers courses for both majors and non-majors. Most astronomy courses take advantage of on-campus observing facilities that include a 24-inch computer-controlled telescope with CCD detectors for imaging and spectroscopy, along with our computer network for image processing.

Students interested in majoring may choose either to be an Astrophysics major, administered jointly with the Physics Department, or an Astronomy major.  The Department’s learning objectives and student achievement goals are stated here.


Our students participate broadly in faculty research. In addition, Williams College is a member of the Keck Northeast Astronomy Consortium, comprised of astronomy faculty and students from eight liberal arts colleges in New England and the Mid-Atlantic states. Among KNAC’s activities are a summer exchange program for astronomy research students and a fall student research symposium.  

Williams College also participates in the educational aspects of the Zwicky Telescope Facility of Caltech’s Palomar Observatory, which links the 200″, 60″ and 48″ telescopes on Palomar Mountain for time-domain astronomy.  After you have finished browsing our pages, you might want to explore some of these other astronomy sites.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Stars: From Suns to Black Holes
  • Our Solar System and Others
  • The Milky Way Galaxy and the Universe Beyond
  • Introduction to Astrophysics
  • Extraterrestrial Life in the Galaxy: A Sure Thing, or a Snowball's Chance?
  • Astronomical Data Acquisition and Analysis

English Language Requirements

This programme may require students to demonstrate proficiency in English.

General Requirements

  • Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application
  • Early Decision Agreement Form (Early Decision applicants ONLY)
  • SAT or ACT
  • School Report
  • Counselor Recommendation
  • Two Teacher Recommendations

Tuition Fee

  • International

    56970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56970 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    56970 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 56970 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for North Adams

  • 876 - 1820 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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