The 625 students that comprise the Classes of 2014 have begun to arrive at Hobart and William Smith Colleges, bringing with them the latest technology, in addition to a commitment to community and volunteerism. With most of them reporting they were involved in community service activities in high school, they are among the most civically-engaged classes to enter HWS. They also boast the largest number of international students in the Colleges’ history, coming from Switzerland, Turkey, Nepal, China and Kenya, among others. Domestically, students hail from 30 different states, from California to Massachusetts.
“It’s my pleasure to welcome our new Classes to the community,” says President Mark D. Gearan. “These students bring with them a host of talents, interests and abilities and I’m sure they will have a positive impact both on the character of these Colleges and on the Geneva community.”
One third of the Classes enrolled Early Decision, making HWS their first and only choice. Almost 40 percent of the Classes of 2014 ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school graduating classes and have a GPA of approximately 3.5. Nearly 80 percent participated in a varsity sport in high school. Additionally, 13 percent were a class or student government officer.
An impressive 60 percent cited community service involvement on their application. One third of students in the Classes of 2014 who responded to a survey conducted this summer reported that their volunteerism is at least monthly. Most are interested in working with children in activities such as tutoring/teaching and coaching; a significant population is most interested in volunteering in areas concerning the environment. The issues of greatest concern to them include the economy, the environment, and education.
This weekend the Colleges will also welcome 16 new students who have transferred to Hobart and William Smith Colleges from other colleges and universities.
The Classes arrive at the Colleges at an exciting time, with the inaugural presentation of the Leadership Institute, new opportunities for service, and an academic year centered on the theme of the “Power of an Idea,” which will call the campus community to observe the difference that everyone can make in the lives of others.
And, when they watch the first Hobart home football game of the season, they will be among the first spectators to cheer on the first team from the Colleges to play on the new Boswell Field at the Caird Center for Sports and Recreation.
This year also marks the recognition of the Colleges by The Princeton Review as among the best in the country, as well as in its list of the 218 institutions it recommends in its Best in the Northeast section of its website feature, “2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” This winter, Hobart and William Smith Colleges ranked No. 17 in the category of “Small Colleges and Universities” on the Peace Corps’ annual rankings of Peace Corps volunteer-producing schools. Additionally, in the fall of 2009, the Colleges were ranked 17th overall among the nation’s liberal arts colleges in the area of service by Washington Monthly in its 2009 “College Guide” liberal arts college rankings.