The Colleges Welcome Strong and Diverse New Students
(September 18, 2003) Geneva, N.Y. – At a breakfast orientation session for international students held in late August on the Hobart and William Smith Colleges campus, 17 students, from Bolivia, China, Sweden, Canada, India, Pakistan, Bulgaria, Bermuda, Vietnam and Japan, were chatting about their experiences outside of the U.S. As Wes McDonald, from Canada, and Ben Wicks, from Bermuda, listened to one another — they realized that they had grown up together in Bermuda until Wes was 8 or 9 and moved with his family to Canada. They had been close friends and were surprised and delighted to see each other once again. Without a doubt, the other friendships they will develop in their four years at the Colleges will become equally important to them.
Late in August, the population of Geneva grew by 518 as the Classes of 2007 arrived on the HWS campus. Hobart College welcomed 249 men and William Smith College welcomed 269 women, the students coming from across the country and around the world.
“It’s always exciting when the new students arrive on campus,” said HWS President Mark D. Gearan. “Each new class brings so much eagerness and enthusiasm to the already stimulating environment here. They enliven the classrooms, the athletics fields and the Quad, and quickly assimilate into the HWS community.”
This year’s dynamic group of students was selected from one of the largest application pools in several years. The classes exhibit both strong academic skills and strong leadership skills. Seventy-five percent of the classes come from the top third of their high school class, including 150 National Honor Society members. Sixty percent were in leadership positions in various areas of their high school lives, with more than 10 percent having held class or student government positions, many who founded clubs, edited school publications, were athletic all-stars, or earned awards such as Eagle Scout or Merit Scholar.
This year the Colleges welcomed the first Elizabeth Blackwell Scholars, two students who, based on their academic records, are guaranteed admission to SUNY Upstate Medical University College of Medicine at Syracuse after four years at the Colleges, and two international students brought here through the Freeman Grant, which supports and enriches the Department of Asian Languages and Cultures. The two Freeman Scholars hail from Vietnam and Japan respectively.
The new students, and their returning counterparts, arrived to find the new Stern Hall academic building open and a new boathouse facility near completion on the shore of Seneca Lake along Route 14. They will soon witness the construction of two new residence halls and enjoy expanded parking options and the newly renovated Trinity Hall (renovations in progress).
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