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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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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

Located in New York’s Finger Lakes region, Hobart and William Smith Colleges are the union of a two-college system that offers interdisciplinary study while maintaining the traditions, deans, and athletics of the individual (single-sex) colleges. Both colleges share the campus, faculty, administration, and curricula, as well as offer generous financial aid. HBS boasts a “phenomenal” study abroad program that has a wide number of programs and ordains that “all of a student’s financial aid travels with them abroad, which makes it possible for a majority of our students to take part.” Academics “are a priority here,” and the active alumni network and career services office are “outstanding”: “They are extremely supportive and provide everything a student could need to be successful in a job interview.” The school’s focus on highly individualized study involves “creating niches for lots of different types of students,” and there are a ton of discussionbased classes and “many field trips that offer non-classroom experience and learning opportunities.”

The majority of the faculty at HWS are “accessible, kind, and motivating.” Professors make the learning experience better due to “their ability to make the course material exciting and provide practical uses for this material.” These teaching methods include “courses taught in tech rooms where we bring material to life, courses taught outdoors, and professors letting students teach course material.” Teachers also “make an effort to form individual relationships with each student,” and there are plenty of instances of “dinners at professors’ homes, attending conferences together in other states, traveling to museums and theatrical performances as a class, and so on.”


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)
$52,400

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)
$116,400

Starting Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$53,000

Mid-Career Median Salary (At least Bachelor's degree)
$115,700

Percent High Job Meaning
50%

Percent STEM
15%


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
$33,012

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$32,527

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,975

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
65%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$33,879

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

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$52,345
Required Fees
$1,180
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,300

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$6,175
Transportation for Commuters
$210

On-Campus Room and Board
$13,525
Comprehensive Fee
$67,050

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 small size of the school “allows students to be a big fish in a small pond,” and students here are “truly social beings, so they’re not just occupied with studying.” Interests vary wildly and students are “scattered throughout a plethora of different groups, majors, clubs, and interests on campus,” and “you’d be hard pressed to find someone involved in just one thing on campus.”

HWS is frequently recognized for its “commitment to community service and civic engagement,” and most students here are “craving to learn more and help make a difference in the world.” Many Herons and Statesmen are from the “northeast, particularly New England,” and “support one another to ensure that everyone’s opinion can be heard,” which leads to a lot of positive debate on campus.

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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

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are located on “a gorgeous, green campus right on Seneca Lake” and “during the warm months it is unbelievable”: “the people walking around it are what make it feel like home.” The social scene is “pretty dynamic for a small school,” and the Student Activities staff makes it easy “for a student to create and run whatever organization they would like.” Athletics are a healthy part of HWS life, and “there are phenomenal programs to help elevate…athletes both on the field and after graduation.” One grateful student says, “There is an extreme sense of pride in being a Heron, which I think has made my experience on campus that much better.”

This is “a school that works really hard during the week and has fun on the weekends.” On weekdays, upperclassmen “tend to have whole days without classes because of honors, independent study courses, or because they have enough credits to take a light schedule,” and students generally spend at least a bit of time each day “studying either in their room, the library, or open classrooms and spaces on campus.” On Saturdays and Sundays, students will sleep in and go to downtown Geneva, where they can “go to the movies, go by the lake, visit the wineries around the lake and go hiking.” Students “do like to have parties,” but “there are also plenty of events that those who do not like parties can go to,” including free movie nights, game nights, plays, and concerts.


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.

95/99
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
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2017.

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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