Each year approximately 100 students are offered admission to Williamson College of the Trades. Admission is open to all qualifying young men, but special consideration is given to those who come from families of financial need and would otherwise not be able to further their education.
Applying for admission may begin as early as August 1st between the junior and senior year of high school. In any case, it should be completed no later than the end of February preceding the fall semester for which the applicant seeks entrance (contact the Admissions Department for the exact date). To be considered, candidates must submit a completed application. Selection decisions are provided to applicants no later than May 1st.
Admission is based on the following criteria:
- General Requirements
Candidates must be able-bodied, single males without children, in good health, and must not have reached their 20th birthday prior to the first day of June of the year they wish to enter the college. All applicants must be legal residents of the United States. Williamson does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, or ethnic background.
A high school diploma or GED is required. Candidates must provide their high school transcripts.
- Family Financial Condition
Preference is given to young men who would not otherwise be able to pursue a college education due to their family’s financial circumstances. All interested candidates may apply, but preference is given based on the results of an online family financial screening process conducted by a third-party service.
- Testing and Personal Interview
The ASVAB, a standardized test to measure aptitude in areas such as arithmetic reasoning and reading comprehension, is administered to each applicant on the Williamson campus. Those applicants whose scores meet the college’s minimum standard for admission are interviewed by a faculty member, staff member and/or administrator. The Selection Committee, which is comprised of faculty members, staff members and administrators, evaluates family income, test scores, interview performance, and other application materials in order to make the final selections, which are presented to the Board of Trustees for approval.
Three optional letters of character reference may be supplied from someone other than a family member, such as a pastor, guidance counselor, teacher, scout master, or employer.
When filling out the application, candidates rate the trade programs according to their first and second choices; the first choice is granted whenever possible.