Williams College Cross-Enrollment Procedure


  • Students should be juniors or seniors in good academic standing
  • Sophomore students in good academic standing can apply; however, priority will be given to juniors and seniors


  1. Students should review curriculum on Williams’ website to choose a course. The Williams College catalog can be found online here. The chosen course must apply to the student’s plan at Bennnington. Note: One Williams course is equivalent to three Bennington credits.
  2. Once course has been chosen, fill out the Williams College Cross-Enrollment Application.
  3. In addition to the enrollment application, students must also submit a typed explanation for how the Williams course relates to their plan.
  4. Once the enrollment application has been signed by the student’s advisor, the completed application (along with typed explanation) must be submitted to the Associate Registrar for approval.
  5. Deadlines: applications must be submitted to the Associate Registrar by May 1 for fall courses and December 1 for spring courses.
  6. The Associate Registrar will review the application and contact students in mid-May (for fall courses) or mid-December (for spring courses), letting them know of approval or denial.
  7. If approved, the Associate Registrar will notify students that their application is ready to pick up so that they may obtain Williams’ approvals for the course (the course instructor and Williams’ Registrar).
  8. After the approvals from Williams are obtained, the Registrar at Williams sends the approved application back to Bennington.
  9. Students who are approved are registered for a three-credit place-holder course at Bennington prior to the start of the term.
  10. When the course at Williams is complete, an official transcript is sent to Bennington. The Registrar reviews and awards transfer credits, and removes the student from the place-holder course.

Additional Information

  • Students must earn a grade of ‘C’ or better in the Williams course to obtain credit.
  • Approved students should ideally register for 12 credits at Bennington in addition to the three credit Williams course.
  • Bennington provides a shuttle service to and from Williams for any students who do not have access to their own transportation.