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Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  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
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    C-
  11. Student Life
    B-
  12. Safety
    C
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
Liberty League
Address
300 Pulteney St.
Geneva, NY 14456
Website
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
64%
SAT Range
1150-1330
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
$42,206/ 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
$25,110/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
97%

Academics

Professors
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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
2,220Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
17
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 25 responses
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  • Preppy, Rich, Elitist, East Coast, Snobby.
    60%
  • Preppy, East Coast
    20%
  • Engaged
    8%
  • Rich, East Coast, Snobby
    8%
  • Diverse
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
96%
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
Report
  • 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
    81%
    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
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    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!
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    The freedom that comes with the academics at HWS is unrivaled. My minor, Social Justice Studies, emphasizes interdisciplinary learning in a way that has given me the chance to explore a wide variety of departments across the HWS curriculum, including theatre, anthropology, LGBT studies and political science. I’ve always believed in the power of people helping people, and minoring in Social Justice Studies provided me with the tools to create meaningful change in the community. I truly believe that I am a better friend, peer, and citizen because of it.
    I love this place! I was choosing between here and Villanova, so glad I chose HWS. Hobart is a classic college ecpirence. The teachers are some of the best, and classes are so small, you have a lot of access to them. I have met some of the best people here too, friends I will have for life! The Campus is so beautiful right on the lake make spring so much fun. Lots of Hanging out on boats and chilling on the shoars of Seneca Lake. One of the best career services going, they are so good to work with and great at getting your high paying jobs after college.