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  1. Academics
    A-
  2. Value
    A
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    C+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A-
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    B-
  10. Campus Food
    C-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    C
300 Pulteney Street
Geneva, NY 14456
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Liberty League
From Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Hobart and William Smith are independent liberal arts colleges located on the shore of Seneca Lake in Geneva, N.Y. With only one required course and eight educational goals, the HWS curriculum is designed to give you the flexibility to pursue your passions while also gaining a robust foundation that will prepare you for the future. Working closely with your faculty advisers, you will design an individualized academic plan tailored to your interests, strengths and goals. Vigorous programs in career development, study abroad, service, leadership, entrepreneurship and athletics encourage exploration and foster global citizenship, collaboration, civic engagement and cultural competence.

Hobart and William Smith Colleges Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
February 1
Acceptance Rate
57%
SAT Range
1150-1340
ACT Range
25-30
Application Fee
$0
SAT/ACT
Considered but not required
High School GPA
Considered but not required
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$38,311/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$31,464/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
96%

Academics

Professors
A-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
88%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.32 responses
47%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.38 responses
46%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.39 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
2,208Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
21
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
18%
Varsity Athletes
26%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 24 responses
  • Preppy, Rich, Elitist, East Coast, Snobby.
    63%
  • Preppy, East Coast
    21%
  • Engaged
    8%
  • Rich, East Coast, Snobby
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
64%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.47 responses
Poll
53%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.58 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 26 responses
  • Preppy, Rich, Elitist, East Coast, Snobby.
    46%
  • Small, Preppy, Jocky, Work Hard Party Hard
    23%
  • Community
    8%
  • Small, Rich, Work Hard, Athletic, East Coast
    8%
  • Athletic, liberal, privileged
    4%
  • Conservative, small, snobby, rich, close-minded
    4%
  • Small, liberal arts, athletic, academic
    4%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $53,500/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    78%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    94%
    National
    83%
    81%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.21 responses

    Hobart and William Smith Colleges Reviews

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    While applying, I had multiple outlets to contact faculty and administration. The admission office was extremely helpful and willing to answer questions throughout the entire process. I am extremely excited to start this Fall!
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    Highly regarded Liberal Arts College. Academics and Athletics incredible. Located on one of the most beautiful campuses in America. A true gem in higher education. This college should be on every high school senior’s radar if you truly appreciate being academically challenged and are looking 4 years ahead for career opportunities in your course of study. Go Herons! Go Statesmen!
    Hobart and William Smith Colleges is definitely for a specific type of person. I am involved in the English department where the staff are wonderful and super helpful. Socially, things get complicated, the social scene is structured around friend groups where people are often kicked out of. The sex culture is rampant in casual sex and I urge incoming freshmen to be careful. If one plays their cards right, HWS can be a perfect place. The campus is astoundingly beautiful.Theme houses rock!