Spotlight on Williams College: Another Private College that Admits Undocumented Students as Domestic Students!



Williams College, a prestigious private liberal arts college in Massachusetts, admits undocumented students (including students with and without DACA) as domestic students instead of international students. Williams College is “need-blind” for domestic students and meets 100% of all admitted students’ demonstrated financial need. In addition, “undocumented students who qualify for financial aid but are not permitted to work in the U.S. will have the work-study portion of their financial aid package replaced with additional Williams grants.”

For more information about Williams’ admissions and financial aid policies for undocumented students, please contact Adrian Castro, Assistant Director of Admission, at or visit their admissions webpage for undocumented students.

Early Decision Application Deadline: November 15th, 2016

Regular Decision Application Deadline: January 1st, 2017

“Williams is committed to supporting undocumented and DACA designated students throughout their time at the College. The following is a short list of staff members who can provide resources and offer guidance.

  • Rosanna Reyes, Associate Dean of the College; serves as the advisor for current undocumented and DACA-designated students.
  • Tina Breakell, Director of International Education and Study Away; supports DACA students interested in participating in study away opportunities, advises on support resources available during the Advance Parole application process and financial aid budget process, and works closely with students and their program providers throughout the application and immigration process.
  • Ninah Pretto, Assistant Dean of International Student Services; provides support and guidance on how students can seek legal advice from community nonprofit agencies that specialize in immigration assistance or immigration attorneys, and helps students navigate the USCIS website and other resources.
  • Molly Magavern, Director of Special Academic Programs; helps students from underrepresented groups, including undocumented students, find opportunities that help them advance their educational goals. For more about the Office of Special Academic Programs and related programs please visit their website.
  • Gary Caster, Catholic Chaplain; the Chaplains’ Office is eager to provide emotional and spiritual support and guidance for students as they settle in to life at Williams and throughout their years here. Fr. Gary Caster is the primary contact person for undocumented and DACA students (and family members).
  • The Davis Center director and staff; work with all students, especially those from historically underrepresented and underserved groups, as they engage with complex issues of identity, history and cultures and in support of their academic and co-curricular interests. For more information about The Davis Center and related programs, please visit their website.
  • Michelle Shaw, Associate Director of the Career Center; serves as the primary contact for current undocumented and DACA designated students.”

Rachel is currently pursuing a PhD in Social Sciences and Comparative Education at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. She has worked closely with undocumented youth activists in several states, the Bhutanese refugee community and LGBT community in Oakland, California. Rachel taught in two public high schools in Okinawa, Japan for two years and has worked in the community college and higher education sector for Bunker Hill Community College, MassBay Community College, Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Achieving the Dream, and Jobs for the Future. She received her Masters in Higher Education from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and her Bachelors in Philosophy from the University of Chicago.


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