Hobart and William Smith Colleges

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337 Pulteney Street

Geneva, NY 14456

Phone: (315) 781-3000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Feb. 1
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#61 Overall Score: 63 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Hobart and William Smith Colleges is a private institution that was founded in 1822. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,292, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 170 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Hobart and William Smith Colleges's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 61. Its tuition and fees are $46,165 (2013-14).

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are together a liberal arts college situated on the shore of Seneca Lake in Geneva, New York. Hobart College and William Smith College are coordinate liberal arts colleges, which means that men attend Hobart College while women attend William Smith College. Male and female students attend classes together and share one campus but receive degrees from their respective colleges. Greek life is popular and prevalent among students at Hobart College, but William Smith College does not offer sororities. Known as the Hobart Statesmen, the men's teams compete in the NCAA Division III, except for the lacrosse team, which competes in the NCAA Division I Northeast Conference. The William Smith Herons compete in the NCAA Division III.

Students interested in getting involved in student groups or organizations can choose from more than 70 clubs. Some residence halls on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges house students interested in particular themes or causes, from an interest in sports to sharing the same major. Notable alumni of the colleges include Alan Kalter, announcer for the "Late Show with David Letterman," and Abigail Johnson, president of mutual fund and financial services firm Fidelity Investments.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Through a challenging interdisciplinary, liberal arts curriculum, Hobart and William Smith Colleges prepare students to think critically and make astute connections. Since 2000, our students have been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, 11 Fulbrights, a Marshall Scholarship, seven Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, a Princeton-in-Asia (PiA) Program honor, and three Morris K. Udall Scholarships. Recent graduates are teaching English in Japan, working for NGOs, and have accepted assignments in the Peace Corps and Teach for America. Others are working on Wall Street, Capitol Hill, or attending prestigious graduate and professional schools. In partnership with the Geneva and global communities and through robust programs in career development, study abroad, service, leadership and athletics, the Colleges foster an environment that values global citizenship, teamwork, ethics, inclusive excellence, social justice, and cultural competence. In maintaining this environment, the Colleges create opportunities to engage faculty and students with other languages and diverse cultures. While only 2% of college students nationwide study abroad, at HWS 59% do so on every continent except Antarctica. The Colleges rank in the top 20 nationally for off-campus programs according to The Princeton Review and were recognized by the NAFSA as one of five institutions in the nation to receive the Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization. Even those students who do not study abroad connect with diverse cultures and languages as 17% of the most recent incoming class identifies as multicultural. More than 50 languages are spoken on campus. These experiences enhance what takes place on campus in the academic and social lives of students and allows the community to delve into the broader intellectual world. The resulting campus community values multiple perspectives, respects difference and is committed to assuming an active role in the global community. Part of that commitment extends to protecting the earth itself. In 2007, President Gearan signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, making HWS a charter member of a national effort to reduce emissions of the gases responsible for global warming. Through The President's Climate Commitment Task Force, the HWS community continues to make the environment a priority, working to become carbon neutral by 2025. But that global focus doesn't mean HWS students aren't also actively committed to the Geneva community. In fact, Washington Monthly ranked the Colleges 17th in the nation for community service and civic engagement, and HWS have been named in "Colleges with a Conscience: An Engaged Student's Guide to College." In 2009, President Gearan developed the Geneva Partnership to further deepen the Colleges' productive relationship with the City of Geneva, N.Y. Each year, HWS students contribute 139,000 hours of service and engagement to local, national and international communities. By the time they graduate, nearly every HWS student has participated in service at least once, and the majority of students, faculty and staff recognize that their obligation to the community extends to making civic engagement a part of their daily lives. The academic program at Hobart and William Smith keeps this highly interactive environment alive through hands-on learning opportunities and service-learning courses. The academic program is set apart from peer institutions in terms of excellence and opportunity, and The Fiske Guide to Colleges has praised Hobart and William Smith's "innovative curriculum." This rigorous academic program challenges students to think expansively.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1822
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $161,238,813


When applying to Hobart and William Smith Colleges, it's important to note the application deadline is February 1, and the early decision deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due February 15. The application fee at Hobart and William Smith Colleges is $45. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 53.1 percent.

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Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 53.1%
Application deadline February 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by February 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Hobart and William Smith Colleges is 11:1, and the school has 64.9 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Hobart and William Smith Colleges include: Economics, General; English Language and Literature, General; Mass Communication/Media Studies; Psychology, General; and Biology/Biological Sciences, General. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 87.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 11:1
4-year graduation rate 72%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Economics, General 12%
English Language and Literature, General 10%
Mass Communication/Media Studies 9%
Psychology, General 8%
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 7%

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Student Life

Hobart and William Smith Colleges has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,292, with a gender distribution of 45.1 percent male students and 54.9 percent female students. At this school, 90 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 10 percent of students live off campus. Hobart and William Smith Colleges is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 2,300
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority N/A
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Hobart and William Smith Colleges offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Hobart and William Smith Colleges also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 50 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

Students who have cars on campus 50%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Hobart and William Smith Colleges, 71.7 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $27,108.

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Tuition and fees $46,165 (2013-14)
Room and board $11,685 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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