The Classes of 2014 have already established themselves as among the most notable incoming cohorts in the history of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. With an anticipated size of 625, the classes are certainly shaping up to be one of the largest, but they also distinguish themselves for their diversity, academic caliber and extracurricular excellence.
“We are excited to welcome the incoming Classes of 2014, and look forward to the contributions they are sure to make to the Colleges and Geneva,” says President Mark D. Gearan.”These students are exceptional in their intellectual agility, global citizenship, applied imagination and a commitment to community.”
The students currently enrolled will come from across the country including 30 states ranging from California to Massachusetts. The Classes of 2014 also include the most international students in the history of the Colleges with students traveling from countries as diverse as Switzerland, Turkey, Nepal, China and Kenya.
One-third of the incoming classes enrolled early decision, making HWS their first and only choice. Nearly 80 percent participated in a varsity sport in high school; 13 percent were a class or student government officer; and 60 percent cited community service involvement on their application. Additionally, almost 40 percent were ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school class and have a GPA of approximately 3.5.
Why the record number? “This year we personalized the process for prospective students to a greater extent through more individual contacts with admissions officers and through conversation with our faculty and staff,” explained Bob Murphy, vice president of enrollment management and dean of admissions. “This group of prospective students had the best possible opportunity to get to know HWS and, as these numbers prove, once they knew us, they wanted to be a part of our community. As I like to say, Hobart and William Smith Colleges are hot.”
Murphy also lauded the range of inspiring lives, dedication and diversity of the students, each one with his or her own story of why HWS is the right choice, for example:
Emily Dove of Flagstaff, Ariz., is a versatile performer and supports her community through teaching children African drum and dance and participating in service projects for her school. Her interest in the performing arts began in elementary school, where she started singing and participating in theatre productions. In middle school, she took up African drum and dance and now helps run the class. When she reached high school, Flagstaff Arts & Leadership Academy, she started practicing ballet, modern and jazz dance, and theater at school, and joined the Theatrikos Theatre Company. She is a mezzo-soprano in the Children’s Chorale of Flagstaff. Dove is also an honors student and student body vice-president.
“I love that I’m gonna be going to college with an open mind and experiencing as much as I can and growing from there,” she says.
Peter Standish III, of Concord, Mass., will follow in the footsteps of his parents Peter ’83 and Anne ’86. His aunt and uncle, Tom ’95 and Sarah ’95 O’Connor, also attended HWS and his cousin Matt Grupo graduated in 2009.
“The liberal arts aspect of Hobart and William Smith Colleges is one of the school’s most appealing qualities to me. I have many academic interests and I want an opportunity to explore the different disciplines,” says Standish. “The idea of being able to combine my interests in an interdisciplinary program is particularly appealing to me.”
Standish is an honor roll student who has shown a commitment to and passion for community service, first as a participant and eventually as co-president of an elementary school reading program; as a volunteer for an organic and sustainable farming program and member of a church youth leadership group. He was a member of a group of students and school officials who worked to identify areas of concern in his school system and advocate for change in those areas, and he led a one-week Freshman Orientation for incoming Concord Carlisle High School students to ensure a smooth transition to high school. Additionally, he played ice hockey and lacrosse and was a member of the school environmental club.