Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Walk Your Own Road and Travel in Excellent Company

Respected scholars, expert teachers and devoted mentors, our remarkable faculty will guide your intellectual growth while helping you carve a path to your most consequential future.

Explore Your Fascinations

Help local entrepreneurs launch a startup. Monitor water quality on a college-owned research vessel. Hone your craft alongside established fiction writers.

Built on decades of leadership in experience-based learning, The HWS Centers are the ideal complement to the Colleges' vibrant classrooms and labs.

The Best of Each

For the Betterment of All

We value the dignity of each individual as we gather to form a welcoming community where every single one of us belongs.


Play for championship-caliber teams without sacrificing a bit of academic opportunity. Contribute to a legacy of 23 national titles. Show your pride from the sidelines or by joining a club team or intramural squad.

Explore and Expand

Celebrate and share your culture while experiencing other ways of looking at the world. Make lifelong friends from different backgrounds. Prepare for belonging and success in an increasingly pluralistic future.

The HWS Centers fuel community-wide exploration of culture, ethnicity, gender, faith and sexual identity.

Discover the World as it Is

Imagine the World as it Could Be

We’ll prepare you for the road ahead by previewing emerging challenges. By helping you become a global citizen. By providing first-hand glimpses of the working world.

Prepare for your Future

Sample a career before taking the job. Find funding for your unpaid internship. Explore Italian art--in Italy.

The HWS Centers spur discovery, inspire engagement, promote citizenship, build powerful skills and create connections that propel careers.

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