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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
4,409
Acceptance Rate
61%
Average HS GPA
3.37

GPA Breakdown

28%
Over 3.75
15%
3.50 - 3.74
17%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
19%
2.50 - 2.99
6%
2.00 - 2.49
1%
1.00 - 1.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
610 - 680
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
600 - 680
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
27 - 31

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


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
244
with Terminal Degree
229

124
Men
120
Women
43
Minority
8
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
75%
Graduate in 5 years
80%
Graduate in 6 years
81%

Majors

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.


  • 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.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.


  • EDUCATION.


  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

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

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

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

  • HISTORY.


  • LEISURE AND RECREATIONAL ACTIVITIES.

  • Theatre/Theater.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.


  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Studies.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.
  • Religion/Religious Studies.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

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

  • PSYCHOLOGY.


  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.


  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

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

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

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


Students Say

Hobart and William Smith Colleges form a small two-school liberal arts institution located on Seneca Lake in scenic Geneva, New York. Originally founded as independent women’s and men’s schools, today HWS has a coordinate system “which allows for there to be two separate colleges but [still] have students attend classes and be involved in clubs and activities together.” Students rave about HWS’ hands on and interdisciplinary academics that are bolstered by discussion-based classes. Some examples students cite are community-based research projects like “going out on the lake to study chemistry of the water [and] going out to a local stream to study micro ecosystems.” Projects like these are led by HWS’ “extremely dedicated and approachable” professors, who also offer opportunities for summer research. Students are greatly encouraged “to follow what [they are] truly passionate about,” and by mentoring students through “extraordinary independent [research] projects,” professors prove student claims that they are “very willing to go the extra mile to provide resources and support.” As one student says, “I feel that my professors push me to do my best work and are devoted to helping their students succeed.”

Study abroad is very popular, and about two-thirds of students take advantage of HWS’ “amazing study abroad opportunities.” Students say these programs are “super helpful and accommodating to those who . . . are unable to participate in regular programs” due to financial or other reasons. HWS has many such “opportunities to become successful as an undergrad,” but students also appreciate the school’s forward thinking support. As one student puts it, HWS’ “greatest strength is preparing students for life after college,” which is helped by a career service center lauded for “connecting students with alums who are willing to chat with students and help place them into jobs and internships.”

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?

Jeremy Foley
Athletic director emeritus, 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 NASA Mars Science Laboratory

Daniel L. Rosensweig
President and CEO of Chegg; and previously served as President and CEO of Guitar Hero, COO of Yahoo!

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
75%
Graduate in 5 years
80%
Graduate in 6 years
81%

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)
$53,600

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$120,400

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$54,600

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$118,200

Percent High Job Meaning
49%

Percent STEM
18%


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 a median starting salary of $52,400 for HWS graduates and a mid-career average of $116,400.

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
$37,776

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$35,269

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,966

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
68%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$33,205

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$31,872

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
Federal Perkins Loans

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
2,237
Foreign Countries Represented
34

Demographics

3.47%
Asian
6.08%
African-American
4.77%
Hispanic
74.73%
Caucasian
4.68%
Unknown
5.77%
International

51% female
49% male
60% are out of state
99% are full time
1% are part time

Students Say

The student body at HWS “is incredibly active,” both on campus and in the wider Geneva community. “Classwork is a priority, but everyone also likes to have a good time,” says a student. According to another, everyone is “connected in their own way through Greek life, athletics, clubs, and activities.” Students say their peers “all go to different competitions, shows, and games to support each other,” creating “a true sense of comradery.” However, while it is “easy to find your own niche and friend group,” some describe the social scene as “quite cliquey” and would like to see a more racially diverse student body and a “less fraternity and sports-centered culture.” Others note that the “hard working, passionate, caring” student body already ranges from “student-athletes [to] artists in the visual and performing arts [to] incredible scholars in all fields who are already doing research.”

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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

Students say that at HWS, “there are always things going on—be it sporting events or art performances” on the “glorious campus, which is beautiful every season of the year.” While weekdays are “very study orientated,” students are also “involved in a ton of … athletics, community service, music groups, or various culture clubs.” In warm weather “everyone is outside on the quad and hanging at the lake.” Students value the school’s strong sense of community, but if they want a change of pace, Downtown Geneva attracts students searching for the perfect “off-campus study spot in one of [its] numerous cafes and coffee shops” or on the weekend when students go “to hang out with friends and to go to bars and restaurants.” As far as parties go, students state that a lot of nightlife has been squashed by the “strict nature of campus safety and Geneva Police.” But overall, they’re in agreement that this “is a stunning place to spend four years of your life.”

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
113
Number of Honor Societies
12

Number of Social Sororities
1
Number of Religious Organizations
4

18% join a fraternity
2% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

47% participate in intramural sports
27% 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.

94/99
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
12%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
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

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, 2018.

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

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Educational Pricing: Apple

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Zoe Eth
Senior Assistant Director for On and Off Campus Events

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. The Centennial Center for Leadership is another popular space.

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; Satrudays, 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
Not Available

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 (list on our website).


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