iBerkshires reports “Williams welcomes diverse freshman class.”

Is it just me, or hasn’t Williams been welcoming diverse classes for several decades now? It also looks like iBerkshires didn’t get the memo on nomenclature. We call them “first years” now? Trvia question: When did Williams go from “freshmen” to “first years”?

The article is mostly a rewrite of this press release from the College. Highlights include:

1) More women than men.

2) 540 students, a few more than the admissions office was looking for. I seem to remember numbers much closer to the low 500’s back in the day. How do they squeeze more first years into the same number of dorm rooms?

3) Total bill is $38,100. I need to start saving.

4) Only 50% of the students receive any financial aid, i.e., there are a lot of kids from rich families at Williams. I wonder how much, if at all, this has changed over the last 50 years. There is a great senior thesis to be written about the changing socio-economics of the families from which Williams students come.

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