Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Campus Description

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are independent liberal arts colleges distinctive for providing highly individualized educations. Guided by a curriculum grounded in exploration and rigor, the Colleges prepare students to think critically. In partnership with Geneva and Global communities, and through programs in career development, study abroad, service, leadership and athletics the Colleges foster an environment that values citizenship, teamwork, ethics, inclusive excellence and cultural competence. Graduates go on to live lives of consequence.

629 South Main St., Geneva, NY 14456

Toll-free 800.852.2256 or 315.781.3622

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Degrees Offered

Bachelor's, Master's (MAT)


Varsity Sports: Women's (William Smith): basketball, crew, cross-country, field hockey, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse, sailing, soccer, squash, swimming/diving, tennis. Men's (Hobart): basketball, crew, cross-country, football, golf, ice hockey, lacrosse (Division I), sailing, soccer, squash, tennis.
Intramural Sports: basketball, racquetball, softball, touch football.
Club Sports: cycling, golf, equestrian, ice hockey, lacrosse, rugby, running, sailing, ski racing, Tae Kwon Do, track and field, ultimate frisbee.

Clubs and Activities

SANKOFA (African-American Student Union), Amnesty International, Asian Society, Big Brother/Big Sister, Campus Greens Christian Fellowship, Colleges' Chorale, Crafts Guild, Film Society, Folk Festival, The Herald, Hillel, Hobart Student Association, William Smith Congress, Phoenix Players (theater group), Three Miles Lost (a cappella), Perfect Third (a cappella), Hobartones (a cappella), Koshare (dance).

Featured Programs

Architecture Hobart and William Smith College's student who study architecture are in a defined program in Architecture Studies with three full-time faculty members trained in architecture and/or landscape architecture who can offer personal career mentoring to each student at HWS who studies architecture. The curriculum is rigorous in both architectural history and design studios, with recently renovated studios located on campus. Graduates go on to careers in architecture as well as related fields, or pursue graduate study at some of the most competitive architecture programs in the country. Finger Lakes Institute The Finger Lakes Institute at Hobart and William Smith Colleges is dedicated to the promotion of environmental research and education about the Finger Lakes and surrounding environments. In collaboration with regional environmental partners and state and local governments offices, the Institute fosters environmentally-sound development practices throughout the region, and disseminates the accumulated knowledge to the general public. The Centennial Center for Leadership Centennial Center for Leadership is dedicated to preparing inclusive, ethical leaders with 21st Century tools. It provides students with opportunities to explore, discuss, reflect and apply their understanding of leadership through values-based learning and applied experiences. The Center is an innovative space where HWS students can gain access to coursework, presentations, workshops and community projects that deepen their understanding of leadership, and is home base for HWS Leads as well as other programs and activities that develop and ready leaders for future contributions of value, character and significance.

Enrollment for Fall 2015

Undergraduate (Matriculated): 2,257 (Full-time: 1,111 men, 1,135 women; Part-time: 8 men, 3 women)
Graduate (Matriculated): 7 (Full-time: 2 men, 5 women; Part-time: 0 men, 0 women)
65% enrolled in top quarter of high school class
30% enrolled in top 10% of high school class
SAT verbal range: 570 – 670
SAT math range: 600 – 670
ACT range: 26 – 30
SAT/ACT Special Note: We are SAT optional. For some merit scholarships we require the SAT.
80% have a high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
19% have a high school GPA of 2.0 to less than 3.0

Campus Demographics

 Undergraduate StudentsGraduate Students
% Black / African American5.2%0%
% Asian3.2%0%
% Hispanic / Latino5.9%0%
% White, Non-Hispanic71.8%50.0%
% American Indian / Alaskan Native0.5%0%
% Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander0.2%0%
% International / Nonresident Alien5.9%0%
% Unknown Race / Ethnicity7.3%50.0%

Tuition Information for 2015-2016

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Admission/Application Deadlines

Freshmen Applications:
fall- February 1, early decision I November 15, early decision II January 1; spring- n/a
Transfer Applications:
fall- July 1; spring- November 15

Financial Aid Deadlines

Financial Aid Deadlines for Freshmen:
February 15, early decision I December 1, early decision II January 15
Financial Aid Deadlines for Transfers:

Application Requirements

HS transcript; 1 teacher recommendation is required from an English, history, science, math or language teacher (for transfers 2 recommendations, 1 from an academic dean, 1 from a professor); interview strongly advised; $45 fee (waived for online applications).
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