Incoming students represent larger class, higher academic standings and more diversity
GENEVA, N.Y. – On Friday, Aug. 26, the Hobart and William Smith Colleges classes of 2009 arrived on campus. There are 545 new students on campus, 262 men at Hobart and 283 women at William Smith, representing significant increases in class size over the past decade. These students were selected from a pool of 3,400 applications representing 49 states.
“We’ve seen notable improvements in key areas such as in the enrollment of minorities, legacies, and overall high-quality students,” says Don Emmons, vice president for enrollment and dean of admissions.
The mid range of SAT scores for the incoming classes was between 1100 and 1260; nearly 80 percent of the students were in the top third of their graduating classes; and 28 percent of the classes received merit scholarships. The first-year students also include many who were leaders among their peers. The number of class officers rose by 11; there are more editors of school publications in this year’s classes and many more captains of athletic teams.
The number of transfer students has also more than doubled this year, with 27 transfers arriving at HWS this fall.
Emmons notes that he expects applications to increase during this year’s admissions cycle, enabling the Colleges to continue to be selective in its admissions process to admit the highest-caliber students.