First Days 2022.

First Days events provide both a formal introduction to Williams College, as well as your welcome to the campus community of students, staff, and faculty. While the First Days Schedule is still being developed, you can plan on participating in many experiences that will immerse you in all the college has to offer including support and academic resources, activities, adventure, new friends, and much more!

For now, please note the following dates.

First-Year Move In Day is Tuesday, August 30, 2022

International and Williams Firsts First-Year Students
arrive Saturday, August 27, 2022

Ephventures is Thursday, September 1 – Sunday, September 4, 2022

Fall Classes begin Thursday, September 8, 2022

Williams College First Days PREVIEW

This is a general overview of the Class of 2026 First Days schedule. A full schedule with detailed descriptions and additional information will be available before August 15. 

Tuesday August 30
8am-12pm Class of 2026 Move In
10am-1pm Community Resource Fair
11am-1pm First Year Family Lunch
12pm-1pm Campus Tours/Exploring Sacred Spaces
12pm-1pm Meeting for Parents of Varsity Athletes
1pm-1:30pm Goodbye Hugs
1:30pm-2:30pm President Mandel’s Welcome to Williams Families (families only)
1:30pm-2:15pm First Entry Meetings (students only)
2:30pm-6:15pm First Year Informational Programming
6pm-8pm Community Building Night’s First Dinner
8pm-11pm First Night Fest

Wednesday August 31
7:30am-9am Breakfast
9am-10am-First Class meeting with President Mandel
10am-10:30am Meet the Deans
10:30-11:30am Class Photograph
11:30am-1pm Lunch
1pm-4:30pm First Year Informational Programming
4:30pm EphVenture Programs Check-In

Thursday Sept 1-Saturday Sept 3
EphVenture Programs
Exploring the Arts, Where am I?
Leading Minds

Sunday September 4
9am-1pm Brunch & Eph Venture Wrap Up
10am-11am Pop Up Yoga
11am-12pm Comfort Food: When Homesickness Hits!
1pm-2:30pm JA/Entry Time
2:45pm-4:30pm First Year Informational Programming
5pm-8pm Dinner-All Campus Picnic
8pm Catholic Mass
9pm-10pm Bob Ross Guided Paint Night with the Area Coordinators

Monday September 5
7:30am-10:30am Breakfast
10:30am-11:30am Wellbeing at Williams
11:30am-2pm Lunch
2pm-3pm Pop Up Yoga
2pm-3pm Biology Placement Exam
2pm-3:15pm Ballet Placement Class
2pm-5pm Integrative Wellbeing Services Open House
5pm-8pm Dinner
8pm-10pm Library Mini Golf
8pm-10pm Sustainable Sorbet Social

Tuesday September 6
7:30am-10:30am Breakfast
10:30am-11:30am Chaplains’ Office Community and Connection
11:30am-2pm Lunch
2pm-3pm Looking Ahead to the Academic Life
3pm-4:30pm Academic Expo
5pm-8pm Dinner
7:30pm Images Cinema
8pm-10pm Purple Dragon Board Games
8pm-9:30pm Admissions and SFS FESTIVAL

Wednesday September 7
7:30am-10:30am Breakfast
10:30am-11:30am ‘68 Center Career Education-Kickstart Your Future Event
11:30am-2pm Lunch
11:30am-12:30pm Pre-education meeting with Prof. Susan Engel
11:30am-12:30pm Pre-engineering meeting with Prof. Katherine Jensen
1:30pm-4pm Meetings with Academic Advisors
1:30pm-2:30pm Writing Your First College Paper
1:30pm-2:30pm Pop Up Yoga
3pm-4:30pm Let’s Visualize It:A Vision Board Workshop
2:30m-4:30pm Music Department Open House
5pm-8pm Dinner
8pm-10pm Jamboree

Thursday September 8
8pm-10pm Purple Key Fair