Frequently Asked Questions 2020-05-12T10:07:00+00:00

Admissions FAQs

You may apply any time after August 1st at the end of your junior year of high school through December 15th 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).
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 December. If you wait until December to take the ASVAB for the first time, 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, Paragraph Comprehension, and Mechanical Comprehension. In preparation, we encourage you to work through these free online resources:
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 4:15 p.m. on Testing Days.
If you have not yet received an official admissions tour of campus, you must report by 9:15 a.m. If you have already taken a 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 Applicant Interview Session (the minimum standard will be explained during the Enrollment Testing Day). The dates for Applicant 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 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