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Admissions: First-Year Students

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Apply as a First-Year Student

Hobart and William Smith students launch adventures. They create their own paths, contribute locally and globally, land prestigious internships and explore the frontiers of science. They are prepared to lead lives of consequence through a multitude of experiences within our community. Apply to join our community and discover your own academic passions, enhance your worldview and create change on an actionable scale.

As a first-year applicant, we expect that you have chosen a rigorous high school curriculum and applied your talents to the betterment of your school and community. We’ll carefully review your application, transcript, essay and recommendations. The character you’ve shown through interactions with our counseling staff and the greater HWS community will also be reviewed. Many of the characteristics we value are not well identified through examination of standardized test scores, therefore you will have the option of whether we use those scores (SAT or ACT) when you apply for admission to Hobart and William Smith.

If HWS is your first and only choice, we welcome your application through the Early Decision program. Learn more about the Early Decision process.

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Regular Decision Dates and Deadlines

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February 1

April 1

  • Admission decision available online for Regular Decision applicants
  • Financial aid award available online for Regular Decision admitted students

May 1

  • Regular Decision admitted students enrollment deadline


Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.