Students Say

According to one of its undergraduates, Hobart and William Smith Colleges offer students a “commitment to fostering growth of character and the ability to succeed in our chosen field” along “with a well-rounded education.” These small, residential colleges in Geneva, New York provide an education of both depth and breadth, prioritizing “the liberal arts opportunity to explore majors before being locked into a program track.” “The students, staff, and faculty really embrace the idea of the liberal arts education here,” which means that “connections are made across disciplines, borders, and generations.”

Overview

Applicants
5,093
Acceptance Rate
50%
Average HS GPA
3.41

GPA Breakdown

28%
Over 3.75
18%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
18%
3.00 - 3.24
17%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49
2%
1.00 - 1.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
560 - 660
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
580 - 660
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
26 - 31

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 15

Regular
February 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Selectivity Rating

Overall

Students Say

According to one of its undergraduates, Hobart and William Smith Colleges offer students a “commitment to fostering growth of character and the ability to succeed in our chosen field” along “with a well-rounded education.” These small, residential colleges in Geneva, New York provide an education of both depth and breadth, prioritizing “the liberal arts opportunity to explore majors before being locked into a program track.” “The students, staff, and faculty really embrace the idea of the liberal arts education here,” which means that “connections are made across disciplines, borders, and generations.” Students highly value “the small student to faculty ratio, which allows teachers to hold students to a high level of competency and foster good relationships with each student.” HWS’s “small class sizes allow for more discussion-based classes, which enhance the overall learning experience.” “Professors are always accessible, and a good number of them reach out to their students as opposed to simply expecting students to take initiative for help. They easily become friends with students and keep in touch with and mentor them after graduation.” These professors show themselves to be “very respectful while simultaneously maintaining high standards of work,” and one student comments, “I’ve never had a professor that did not inspire me while here.” Another student declares, “Basically every single class I have walked out of I have called my mom or dad to discuss some wild new set of information I learned that I hadn’t known before. That’s a pretty awesome thing.” Another appreciates how “I absolutely love what I’ve done in my studies here and how my mind has morphed in turn for the better.” Many students call HWS “an extremely well-rounded college,” with “superb academic, career, extracurricular and athletics opportunities for all its students.” It’s one of the “only small liberal arts colleges in the country with an architecture program,” and overall, “there are endless opportunities while attending the school and post-graduation.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
11:1
Total Faculty
234
with Terminal Degree
226

122
Men
112
Women
40
Minority
18
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
74%
Graduate in 5 years
78%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Architecture and Related Service

  • Architecture

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • European Studies/Civilization
  • Gay/Lesbian Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Russian Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication and Media Studies, Other

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Ancient/Classical Greek Language and Literature
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Comparative Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • Latin Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Leisure and Recreational Activities

  • Theatre/Theater

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
  • Physics

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Policy Analysis

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology
  • Sociology and Anthropology
  • Urban Studies/Affairs

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music History, Literature, and Theory


Degrees

Bachelor's
Master's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Brad Falchuk
Co-creator, writer, executive producer and director of Fox series "Glee"

Jeremy Foley
Athletics Director, University of Florida

Abigail P. Johnson
President and CEO of Fidelity Investments

Terry McGuire
Co-Founder of Polaris Venture Partners

Dorothy Wickenden
Executive editor, The New Yorker

John Grotzinger
Mission leader; project scientist in charge of the Mars Science Laboratory

Daniel L. Rosensweig
President and CEO, Chegg; former Pres./CEO of Guitar Hero

Academic Rating

Career overview

Students Say

Students say HWS has “an extensive alumni network” that helps students find work after college. They also report excellent “access to great internships.” In fact, in 2014 HWS started a “guaranteed internship program” where every student of “good academic and social standing” who completes their Pathways Program is assured an internship or research experience. HWS provides a stipend if the internship is unpaid. Students also say Career Services is very good at “helping students access . . . jobs during and after graduation.” Payscale.com reports an average starting salary of $44,200 for HWS graduates and a mid-career average of $83,100.

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
74%
Graduate in 5 years
78%
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$44,200

Median Mid-Career Salary
$83,100

Alumni with High Job Meaning
53%

Return on Education (ROE) rating
86

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 1
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
State Aid

Bottom Line

Tuition at HWS is $46,852. Room, board, and fees bring that total to $59,034. The school estimates an additional $1,300 for books and other supplies. Don’t let that price tag detour you though, at HWS 82 percent of students receive some form of financial assistance.

Bang For Your Buck

HWS’s website states that they believe “your education will be more valuable to you if you are involved in paying for it,” and they expect all students to help finance their education. They also state that if you need help, “first ask families to seek additional resources from government and private programs.” That said, the colleges admit students without looking at need and then do what they can to help those who have financially needs. In addition to federal and state need-based awards, there are numerous merit and scholarships available. Examples include the Elizabeth Blackwell Scholarships for students doing advanced science coursework and the Environmental Sustainability Trustee Scholarship for students dedicated to environmental leadership.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$29,733

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$28,390

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,047

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$34,209

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
56%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$22,868

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,300

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$210

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

Students Say

Hobart and William Smith Colleges’ motto is “Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence,” and its undergrads take this statement of purpose to heart. “A strong sense of community defines Hobart and William Smith Colleges,” and those communities include “Geneva, NY in the smallest sense of the word and defining what it means to be a global citizen in the biggest sense of the word.” One student marvels that “when I came to campus, people around me asked ‘what can we do for you?’ rather than ‘what can you do for us?’ and that has stayed true during my four years here.” The typical HWS student is “outgoing,” “extremely involved,” and an “academically driven and social person.” “You often hear about the stereotypical rich, preppy ‘Smithie’ or ‘Hobart bro.’ And while of course they exist, they are not the only type of student here, nor are they the majority.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,421
Out of State
59%

International
6%
Foreign Countries Represented
32

Demographics

3.42%
Asian
4.86%
African-American
6.52%
Hispanic
73.55%
Caucasian
10.93%
Unknown
6.25%
International

52% female
48% male
59% are out of state
98% are full time
2% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Plenty of students engage with the colleges’ offerings in “athletics, leadership and entrepreneurship, study abroad opportunities, alum network and connections,” but they also like to have fun. “Students at HWS are very eclectic and are all involved in many different things, making fitting in easy.” Indeed, “students fit in by getting involved in various organizations on campus such as athletics, fraternities, clubs and extracurriculars.” “People love hanging out on campus for the most part, but they do enjoy excursions off campus, whether it be a quick dinner in downtown Geneva or Canandaigua (15 minutes away), or…a weekend getaway in Rochester or Syracuse.” “The Finger Lakes are home to some of the best wineries in the United States. Wine tours, exploring the local lakes, and hiking trails and gorges take up a lot of students’ time during the warm months.” “We do not have sororities on campus,” but “we do have fraternities,” and “the majority of students do drink and party, but there are plenty of campus-sponsored events for those not looking for that kind of weekend activity.” “Nightlife on campus can range from a small get together at an apartment or a big party in either the fraternity houses, bigger theme houses, or off campus.” Some students say while “the nightlife on campus isn’t as widespread as other places, it is still just as lively.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
90%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Cooperative
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
100
Number of Honor Societies
12

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
6

18% join a fraternity

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

30% participate in intramural sports
23% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Statesmen)
11 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Sailing
Soccer
Squash
Tennis
Women's Sports (Herons)
13 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Sailing
Soccer
Squash
Swimming
Tennis

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups: Pride Alliance

Minority Support Groups: Office of Intercultural Affairs

Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Syracuse University
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Syracuse University

Sustainability

Hobart and William Smith Colleges feature a campus situated “on the edge of a small city, a few blocks from vast agricultural lands and on the shores of one of the deepest lakes in the United States,”—and this diversity in topography has spread to the colleges’ wide-ranging efforts towards environmental sustainability. At HWS, vast natural resources are used to the fullest through a “living laboratory” approach. For instance, a class project led to the Finger Lakes Institute’s renovation, where the use of wind, solar, and geothermal energy, combined with the implementation of measures to improve energy and water conservation, qualified the FLI for the Energy Star Small Business Award. The colleges compost nearly 100 percent of pre-consumer and post-consumer food waste from their dining facilities. The Energy and Climate Committee have implemented energy efficiency technologies, including LED lighting and high-efficiency boilers. HWS recently announced that 100 percent of electricity on campus now comes from wind energy, making it the first small liberal arts college in the state to be powered entirely by wind. The president of the HWS Campus Greens sits in on the Sustainability Executive committee— The President’s Climate Task Force. Students have environmental course options in myriad departments, and research opportunities abound. HWS students will undoubtedly be among the top of the pack in the green job market; the Department of Career Services maintains a fulltime counselor with a focus on career development, internship and job opportunities in the environmental sector.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
3%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
71

Average Number of PC's per Lab
20

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Educational Pricing: Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Marylyn Uhnak
Associate Director of Admissions

Address
Admissions Office
629 S. Main St.
Geneva, NY 14456

Phone
315-781-3622

Email
admissions@hws.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Scandling Campus Center
The Katherine D. Elliott Studio Arts Center
Stern Hall
Caird Center for Sports and Recreation
Rosensweig Learning Commons
Trinity Hall, which houses the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education; the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning; and the Center for Global Education. The Centennial Center for Leadership is another popular space.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Seneca Lake
Women's Hall of Fame
Women's Rights National Historical Park
Finger Lakes wineries
The Smith Center for the Arts
Waterloo Premium Outlets is a shopping center with retail outlets of leading national brands. It's 15 minutes from campus.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday, Saturday
8:30am-5pm; 9am-noon
315-781-3622

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Varies -- see schedule on web site

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@hws.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Available on weeknights, except during vacations and exam periods

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Geneva is served by Greyhound Bus. There is a municipal bus sustem and private taxis. Amtrak serves Rochester and Syracuse; airport service at Rochester, Syracuse, and Ithaca.

Driving Instructions to Campus
Directions from the North: From the New York State Thruway (I-90), take exit 42 - Geneva. Once through the toll booth, take a right, heading south on Route 14 toward Geneva. Travel approximately 5.8 miles through the City of Geneva. Turn right on Seneca Street. Travel to the top of the hill to the "T" intersection. Turn left on South Main Street/Route 14. Continue approximately .7 miles. Directions from the South: From the Southern Tier Expressway (Route I-86/17), take the Elmira exit off I-86 for Route 14 North. Follow Route 14, approximately 50 miles, until you reach Geneva.

Local Accommodations
Seneca Lake is home to great choices for lodging. Belhurst Castle (Route 14 S.; 315-781-0201) is a grand, heavily paneled Victorian mansion with grounds that run down to the lake. Rates are moderate to expensive. Geneva on the Lake (10001 Lochland Rd.; 315-789-7190) is a handsome, all-suite resort with a pool, boating, and access to many sporting activities. Rates are expensive. More moderately priced is the Ramada Geneva Lake Front (315-789-0400), with 148 rooms on the shore of Seneca Lake. Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express & Suites and Microtel are also a short distance from campus. A budget option within half a mile of campus: Days Inn (485 Hamilton St.; 315-789-4050). There are numerous bed and breakfasts throughout the area (list on our website.)
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Key Stats

5,093
Applicants
2,421
Size
50%
Acceptance Rate

Rankings & Lists