Information and Resources For Parents, Families, and Friends
Thank you for supporting your student’s interest in a semester at Williams-Mystic! We are very excited to begin working with you and your student in the admissions process. Here you’ll find a collection of information and resources that you may find helpful. Please do not hesitate to contact us at admissions(at)williamsmystic.org if you have any further questions or concerns.
Health & Safety
For more than thirty-five years, the safety of all of our students has been a constant priority. We aim to provide a positive, safe, and healthy experience for each and every student. Our seasoned faculty and staff take an active role in all aspects of the semester and engage with students on a daily basis, extensively planning each element of the semester well before students arrive.
The foundations of a successful and safe semester begin with the medical screening process. All students are required to have a thorough physical examination performed by a licensed medical practitioner within three months of the start of the program. Additionally, we ask that students be exhaustive and forthright in disclosing all pre-existing medical conditions, medications, and medical histories. We do this not to discourage applicants or limit the number of students who can participate, but rather to best enable our faculty and staff to provide a safe & appropriate learning environment both in Mystic, CT and on our Field Seminars. With adequate lead-time, Williams-Mystic can frequently accommodate a wide variety of medical issues. Students are also required to provide proof of health insurance that covers a full range of mental and physical health services.
On land-based field seminars, we travel in vans driven by Williams-Mystic faculty and staff members; each vehicle is equipped with a first-aid kit. In addition, the Director carries a cell phone and emergency medical information on each seminar participant. Members of the Williams-Mystic faculty and staff always accompany students on seminars, and occasionally by Williams-Mystic alumni and other special guests.
A list of telephone numbers of Williams-Mystic faculty and staff, plus police, fire, and local medical facilities is distributed to each student at the beginning of the semester and posted in each house. While in Mystic, our staff are available for transportation to the nearby walk-in clinic and local hospital if necessary. Mystic Seaport security officers make monthly rounds of the houses to check fire extinguishers and smoke alarms. While we are on our field seminars, security will also make routine checks inside student houses.
Students engage in a 17-week interdisciplinary semester composed of four academic courses—Marine Sciences, Maritime History, Maritime Literature, and Marine Policy—in addition to three field seminars on the Atlantic, Pacific, and Gulf Coasts. Students earn a full semester of credit (18 credit hours) and an official transcript from Williams College. We have strong financial aid packages available and many financial aid packages transfer and apply toward Williams-Mystic tuition—including college, state, and federal grants and loans. For more information, please visit our Academic Credit, Tuition & Finances pages .
Life After Williams-Mystic
Williams-Mystic has over 1,500 alumni, all of whom work in unique and exciting fields. You’ll find some in New York’s financial district, others doing oceanic research on the West Coast, and even a few right here in Mystic! Having such a large alumni community means that students have an incredible pool of career resources, which are available on our Alumni Online Community. Once students have completed their semester, they may also connect with our Alumni Director via LinkedIn for even more information on current career offerings. We encourage our students to take advantage of this wonderful resource of alums throughout their life times.
Communication and Staying in Touch
- In Mystic, CT. Students have telephone, U.S. mail, fax, and Internet services made readily available to them for both academic purposes and personal communication.
- While Sailing. On our offshore seminar, students are required to surrender their cell phones before boarding the ship and do not have access to e-mail. Their progress can be tracked on the Williams-Mystic website or by calling our office.
- On Field Seminars. We ask that students refrain from using cell phones while in the vans and during lectures. They may, however, use them for personal communication before or after the day’s scheduled events.
In the case of an emergency, you may always contact our offices at (860) 572-5359 ext. 3.