Admissions FAQs

You may apply any time after August 1st of your junior year of high school through the end of February preceding the fall semester for which you seek entrance (contact the college for the exact application deadline).
Yes, but you must be a high school senior (or a graduate or GED recipient who meets the age requirement).
Yes, it can be. If you do not score well enough to be invited back for an interview, at the college’s discretion you may be eligible for a retest at the end of February. If you wait until February to take the ASVAB, you will not have the opportunity for a retest.
All eight sections of the ASVAB are considered in the selection process; Williamson emphasizes Arithmetic Reasoning and Paragraph Comprehension. You may prepare by using the free online resource by Mometrix Academy: Also, consider acquiring a highly recommended study guide by Rod Powers called “ASVAB For Dummies”.
Tours are available to applicants on the morning of Enrollment Testing Days. High school juniors may take a tour on the morning of Alumni Day (which typically occurs the Saturday following Memorial Day).
Yes they may, but please note that there are no scheduled activities for family and friends between 12:45 and 4:30 p.m. on Testing Days.
If you have not yet received a tour of campus, you must report by 9:30 a.m. However, if you have already taken an official admissions tour, you must report by 12:30 p.m. Please note that each applicant must take a tour to be eligible for enrollment.
If your entrance exam scores meet the college’s minimum standard for admission, you will be invited back for an Interview Session (the minimum standard will be explained during the Enrollment Testing Day). The dates for Interview Sessions will be announced during Enrollment Testing Days.
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 should be addressed to the Dean of Admissions, Jay Merillat, no later than the application deadline; letters may be mailed, hand-delivered, faxed or emailed.
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 “legal US resident” is a United States citizen or a permanent lawful resident alien – an immigrant who has an alien registration card (green card).
In recent years, Williamson has been accepting approximately 25% of its applicants. Certain programs, such as Carpentry & Power Plant Technology, are more competitive due to higher application rates.
Yes. However, coming from a family with greater 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 scores, etc.), “preference shall always be given to the poor” according to the founder of Williamson.
Yes. However, since entrance to Williamson is extremely competitive and the college is not designed to accommodate students from such backgrounds, it may impact your acceptance through the selection process.
Yes. However, to be considered for enrollment, you must meet the college’s entrance examination minimum requirements without extra time allowances or special accommodations.
No. Additionally, Williamson does not have a school code number for the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

For further questions, contact:

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