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OUR PAST IS THE KEY
TO OUR FUTURE.

Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour

Take a guided, virtual tour of Hobart and William Smith Colleges.

MISSION

Hobart and William Smith Colleges prepare students to lead lives of consequence.

By helping them connect their talents and interests to meaningful, high-impact pursuits.

By spurring cultural exploration and global citizenship.

By offering opportunities to amplify knowledge through hands-on experience.

By nurturing discovery and unlocking potential.

By modeling values and points of view that equip them to author the world as it could be.

The Colleges are a future-focused liberal arts and sciences institution led by a faculty of accessible teacher/scholars known for the impact of their research and distinguished by the depth of their mentorship.

Image courtesy of the Geneva Historical Society

Our campus is situated on the traditional territory of the Onondowaga or “the people of the Great Hill.” In English, they are known as the Seneca people, “the Keepers of the Western Door.” They are one of the six nations of the Haudenosaunee Confederacy, the world’s oldest continual participatory democracy.

Image courtesy of the Geneva Historical Society

To best prepare students for impact and success in an ever-shifting world, the Colleges nurture intellectual, professional and ethical development.

Students complement broad, interdisciplinary study with hands-on learning experiences made possible by HWS’ constellation of on-campus centers for experience, action and thought.

They find friendship, discovery and belonging as valued members of a collaborative residential community that values the dignity and potential of each individual.

They realize the impact of their ideas through partnerships, outreach and daily exchange as vital citizens of the greater Geneva community.

At every step, they enjoy the benefits of life on the shores of a stunning lake that is a classroom, a destination and a constant reminder of their endless potential.

OUR COORDINATE TRADITION

Originally founded as two institutions — Hobart for men and William Smith for women — today’s Colleges enjoy the exponential benefits of shared resources and combined spirit. Both colleges maintain their own traditions, deans and athletic programs but together provide a unique and invaluable opportunity for exploring questions of gender and difference. Learn more about our traditions.

QUICK FACTS

1,824 undergraduate students

201 full-time faculty

Princeton Review confirms it. Our faculty have incredible minds, relentless curiosity, remarkable hearts. Check out the 2022 “Best 387 Colleges” guide to learn more.

Student-Faculty Ratio: 9:1

Average Class Size: 16 students

Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Science in Management

Study Abroad: More than 60% of HWS students study abroad in nearly 50 locations around the world

Alums: More than 22,500 worldwide

Students who discuss classwork with a professor outside of class: 96%

Classes taught by teaching assistants: 0%

Students hail from: 40 states and 35 countries

Number of languages spoken on campus: More than 50

Total hours of community service by HWS students each year: 80,000+

Students who participate in community service, service learning and/or community-based research: 100%

Washington Monthly ranks HWS #3 among liberal arts institutions for service

Costs for 2021–22 academic year:

  • Tuition: $58,990
  • Room & Board: $15,595
  • Fees: $1,250

Students receiving some form of financial or merit aid: 96%

Enrolled students (Classes of 2024) who applied Early Decision: 41%

OurHISTORY and FUTURE
history

200 Years of Excellence

Founded as Hobart College in 1822 and William Smith College in 1908, today’s Hobart and William Smith Colleges share a proud and storied legacy that spans nearly 200 years of leadership and impact — including alumna Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell, who, in 1849, became the first American woman to receive a medical degree from Hobart’s precursor, Geneva Medical College.

  • Future/Vision

    We are in constant search of new and better ways to prepare our students for impact and success in an ever-shifting and increasingly pluralistic world.

  • Hobart Bicentennial

    As we near this remarkable milestone, we have reason to celebrate, reflect and look forward to our next 200 years.

  • Belonging, Diversity and Equity

    We place the highest priority on ensuring opportunity, access and support for students of every cultural and socioeconomic background.

  • Experiential Education

    Our longstanding excellence and leadership in experiential education is well known; today it takes the form of the HWS centers for research, action and thought.

  • Geneva & the Finger Lakes

    Our neighboring city and region create abundant opportunities for research partnerships, hands-on learning, community engagement and fun!

  • Dr. Elizabeth Blackwell

    She graduated from Hobart’s precursor institution in 1849, making her the first woman to receive her degree as a Doctor of Medicine.