Frequently Asked Questions 2022-08-02T13:53:09-04:00

Admissions FAQs

You may apply any time after August 5th at the end of your junior year of high school through mid-January preceding the fall
semester for which you seek entrance.

Yes, but you must be a high school senior (or a graduate or GED recipient who meets the age requirement).

Unfortunately, family and friends may not at this time due to COVID-19 precautions for our campus community.

You will be invited back for an Applicant Interview Session, if you attend an Admissions Event. The dates for Applicant Interview Sessions will be announced during the Admissions Events.

Yes, you are strongly encouraged to provide letters of recommendation from non-family members, as these letters may assist the Selection Committee in determining the strength of your character. Letters of recommendation may be initiated via the online application. Questions may be sent to the Vice President of Enrollment Management, Jay Merillat, at
While applicants are primarily selected based on the criteria listed under “Selection Process” in the admissions booklet, the Selection Committee is also very interested in how applicants have spent their time outside of high school academic classes. Williamson seeks to enroll young men who are active and productive with their free time and engage in school activities, community service, and employment.
A “permanent legal US resident” is a United States citizen or a permanent lawful resident alien – an immigrant with an alien registration card (green card).
In recent years, Williamson has been accepting approximately 29% of its applicants. Certain programs, such as Construction Technology – Carpentry & Power Plant Technology are even more competitive due to higher application rates.
Yes. However, coming from a family with greater income and assets may impact your acceptance through the selection process, especially if you are interested in one of our more competitive programs. In all cases where two applicants are otherwise equivalent (entrance exam scores, interview evaluations, etc.), “preference shall always be given to the poor” according to the founder of Williamson.
Yes. However, since entrance to Williamson is extremely competitive, it may impact your acceptance through the selection process.
Yes. However, any federal and state grant money for which you are eligible that is applied to books, supplies, and fees will result in a bill for that same amount towards your room and board.

For further questions, contact:

Mr. Jay Merillat
Vice President of Enrollment Management
Williamson College of the Trades
106 South New Middletown Road
Media, PA 19063
Phone: (610) 566-1776
Fax: (610) 566-6502