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Hobart and William Smith are independent liberal arts colleges distinctive for providing highly individualized educations. In partnership with the Geneva and global communities and through robust programs in global study, career development, leadership, service and athletics, we foster an environment that values global citizenship, inclusion, ethics and cultural competence.

Academics
The Colleges offer an innovative curriculum that's built around exploring the world from multiple perspectives, collaborating with peers and mentors to enhance learning, and providing opportunities to put your education into action. With only one required course, students and faculty work together to create a plan of study that meets eight goals. The result is a highly individualized education.

History
Founded as two separate colleges (Hobart for men in 1822 and William Smith for women in 1908), students share the same campus, faculty, administration and curriculum. Each College has its own traditions, deans, government and athletic department, providing students with an innovative construct to interrogate gender and difference. HWS were among the nation's first to offer programs in women's studies, African American studies and LGBTQ studies.

Students and Faculty
At HWS, students and faculty connect. With a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students get the individualized attention and mentorship necessary to prepare them for graduation and their futures. They win prestigious fellowships like the Rhodes, Gates Cambridge, Fulbright and Goldwater. They gain admittance to the best graduate schools. They go on to lead lives of consequence.

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Overview

Applicants
3,439
Acceptance Rate
66%
Average HS GPA
3.51

GPA Breakdown

15%
Over 3.75
18%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
15%
3.00 - 3.24
15%
2.50 - 2.99
2%
2.00 - 2.49

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 670
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
590 - 690
ACT Composite Scores
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
26 - 30

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Early Decision — November 15

Early Decision II — January 15

Regular — February 1


Other Admission Factors

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Academic GPA

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
220
with Terminal Degree
208

113
Men
107
Women
42
Minority
5
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
72%
Graduate in 5 years
77%
Graduate in 6 years
78%

Majors

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Architecture and Related Services, Other.

  • AREA, ETHNIC, CULTURAL, GENDER, AND GROUP 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/Biological Sciences, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Education, General.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.
  • Writing, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

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

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

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

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Public Policy Analysis, General.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • International Relations and Affairs.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Social Sciences, General.
  • Sociology.
  • 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, General.


Students Say

Though the idyllic Seneca Lake setting of Hobart and William Smith Colleges can at times feel like a beautiful fantasy, undergrads can’t stop talking about how “The school really uses all of its resources to ensure the student body is not only ready to face the ‘real world,’ but have experiences to back up their job search.” There are a ton of options packed into this two-school institution, and many agree that it shows a “commitment to providing opportunities” to its body of just over 2,000 students. “Our study abroad program, community service department, and alumni network are some of the best in the nation.” Just as critically, the school offers “merit-based scholarships [to] students who might not otherwise be able to attend HWS.”

That same choice and opportunity applies to day-to-day classes as well. “The extensive list of majors and ability to create an individual major allows students to have a certain sense of freedom while studying their passions.” Of course, the real secret sauce, so to speak, comes from the faculty experience. Not only do “small classes make it really easy for professors to know who you are,” but teachers also “work hard to facilitate meaningful discussions and provide thought-provoking and challenging questions.” The overall consensus is that the staff are “engaging, dynamic and truly interested in fostering the next generation.” As one undergrad puts it, “My professors believe in me, support me, and share their passion in pursuit of me finding my own.”


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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Brad Falchuk
Emmy Award-winning Writer, Director and Producer; Creator of ?American Horror Story,? ?Glee? and ?Scream Queens?

Ali Marpet
Guard for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Abigail P. Johnson
President and CEO of Fidelity Investments

Matthew Mead
Co-Founder of Hempitecture, an eco-friendly building materials company, and a member of Forbes "30 Under 30" Class of 2020

Dorothy Wickenden
Executive editor, The New Yorker

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

Wanjira Mathai
Vice President and Regional Director for Africa at World Resources Institute and Chair of the Wangari Maathai Foundation. Named to the 100 Most Influential Africans list in 2018.

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
72%
Graduate in 5 years
77%
Graduate in 6 years
78%

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:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$56,500

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$108,500

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$56,200

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$121,300

Percent High Job Meaning
18%

Percent STEM
47%


Students Say

Undergrads at Hobart and William Smith boast that the school has “an extremely high job placement rate.” They attribute this success to the fact that the college “works so hard [helping] students … find jobs in the fields [in which] they want to work” and continually fosters a “really good alumni network” to boot. Of course, a good deal of credit belongs to the “outstanding” Career Services Office which is “extremely supportive and provide[s] everything a student could need to be successful in a job interview.” The office runs the “Pathways Program” to help undergrads stay on track with their career development. The program includes everything from counseling and experiential learning to alumni panels and networking opportunities. Participating students in good standing are guaranteed an internship. Past placements have included J.P. Morgan Chase, ESPN, Lockheed Martin, Sirius Radio, and the Special Olympics.

Given the Colleges' motto, "Preparing students to lead lives of consequence," HWS stresses the importance of leadership skills. Through the Centennial Center for Leadership (CCL), the Colleges offer services in four key areas: leadership development, community leadership, entrepreneurial leadership, and global leadership. CCL hosts a leadership certificate program, fellowships, a three-day leadership institute, a series based on leadership discovery, and speakers who engage with students in café style discussions. Through the Stu Lieblein '90 Pitch Contest and the HWS IdeaLab, an idea accelerator program, students also have opportunities to showcase their ideas for businesses, organizations, products and services. Dr. Nan Crystal Arens explained to us the value of these various programs: "There are many opportunities to exercise leadership with a variety of groups and on a variety of scales. What I like about this approach is that students get to try things in the complex environment of real people and real organizations and sometimes fail." Hobart and William Smith also recently launched a new minor in entrepreneurial studies, further expanding the Colleges' offerings in leadership learning. "This academic program is an important addition to the Colleges' innovative leadership and entrepreneurship curriculum," said Provost and Dean of Faculty Titilayo Ufomata. "It sets our graduates apart, not only as leaders but as leaders who can approach challenging issues with creativity and insight."

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Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent
State Aid

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$40,317

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$37,831

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,646

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
72%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$36,561

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$37,000

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$55,835
Required Fees
$1,195
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,300

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$6,615
Transportation for Commuters
$210

On-Campus Room and Board
$14,570
Comprehensive Fee
$71,600

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)
College/university loans from institutional funds

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

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

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Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,061
Foreign Countries Represented
34

Demographics

3.09%
Asian
5.84%
African-American
6.34%
Hispanic
73.23%
Caucasian
4.08%
Unknown
4.86%
International

52% female
48% male
61% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Students Say

Undergrads at Hobart and William Smith admit that at first glance, their peers might not seem incredibly diverse. After all, many students are “from [the] Northeast/mid-Atlantic region, (relatively) upper-middle and upper class,” but filled with varying passions and personalities, such as “playing the bagpipes, opera, tall ships sailing, and writing lyric essays, just to name a few.” To its credit, the school fully acknowledges the socioeconomic homogeneity that sometimes arises, and has “initiatives in place to attempt to identify and balance” this. At worst, students note that the campus can get a bit clique-y, but most phrase it as an “interesting dynamic of wealth,” with the overall attitude leaning toward “very inclusive and friendly.” As one undergrad puts it, “There is a culture of problem solving, of community, and of collaboration,” and another describes the overall class as filled with “some of the nicest human beings, who go out of the way to help.” Whatever their background, the majority of HWS undergrads are united by the fact that they’re “very intellectually curious, self-motivated people looking to take advantage of the many opportunities the school has to offer.”

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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
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

The campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges is best described as “very physically active,” so there’s always something going on, particularly for popular intramural sports like soccer and volleyball. “When the weather is nice, the lake and surrounding area are very scenic and excellent for running/biking,” and you’ll often find people “playing catch or frisbee on the quad.” Depending on the time of year, students may take a boat out on the lake, or take note of how “ski areas are accessible by car from campus, and trips are often run there.” Now, when it comes to nightlife, students stress that while you can definitely find “some decent parties on the weekend,” the campus itself can be somewhat “overbearing” with its rules, which means that many head “downtown to the bars” instead. To its credit, “the student activities board always has events that occur during the weekend.” This can range from funhouses and bubble tea to free movie screenings, which presents a fairly varied alternative.

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Susan Pliner

College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Documentation and guidelines are available online: http://www.hws.edu/academics/ctl/disability_services.aspx

Documentation Required for ADHD

Documentation and guidelines are available online: http://www.hws.edu/academics/ctl/disability_services.aspx

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
112
Number of Honor Societies
12

Number of Social Sororities
1
Number of Religious Organizations
1

18% join a fraternity
2% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

51% participate in intramural sports
28% 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
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Pride Alliance, the LGBTQ+ Allies Group, QPoc House, and the LGBTQ+ Resource Center. URL: www.hws.edu/lgbtq

Minority Support Groups: Office of Intercultural Affairs, International Student Affairs and Office of Diversity and Inclusion.

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.

91/99
AASHE STARS® rating
Silver
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
2%

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

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2020.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Campus Visits Contact

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
Gearan Center for the Performing Arts; 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; Centennial Center for Leadership, Entrepreneurship and Innovation; Bozzuto Center for Entrepreneurship

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Seneca Lake State Park
Geneva's downtown restaurants and shops
Women's Rights National Historical Park and Women's Hall of Fame
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. Other popular local destinations include: Watkins Glen State Park, Bristol Mountain Ski Resort, CMAC, Montezuma National Wildlife Refuge and Taughannock Falls State Park. All of which are within a 30 to 45 minute drive.

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday; most Saturdays
8:30am-5pm; 10am-1pm
(315) 781-3622

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Monday-Friday, 9:30am + 2pm; Saturdays, 11am

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
Overnight visits are available to admitted students only.

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Geneva is served by Greyhound Bus. There is a municipal bus system 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.


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