The largest number of first-year students in 22 years will pull up, unpack and establish a new home on Friday at the Hobart and William Smith campus.
“The Colleges are excited to welcome incoming classes that will continue to add to the academic and extracurricular excellence of Hobart and William Smith, said President Mark D. Gearan of the 605 students, who hail from 33 states and six countries.
One third of the incoming class enrolled early decision—the highest rate in HWS history. Among them are captains of athletic teams, presidents and founders of school clubs, recipients of Eagle and Silver Scout Awards and editors of major school publications, including yearbooks, newspapers and literary magazines. These new students have demonstrated records of academic achievement, with nearly one-third receiving merit awards, and nearly one-third as members of the National Honor Society.
Committed to maintaining the 11:1 student to faculty ratio, the Colleges will also welcome 30 new faculty members, specializing in academic areas ranging from environmental studies and political science to English and psychology. The new professors will bolster an already impressive lineup of academic professionals making Hobart and William Smith their home.
In order to accommodate the 2,000 students returning to campus in the coming days, the Colleges have renovated two new residence halls on campus: Carr-McGuire House and the Abbe Center for Jewish Life, which will house nearly 40 students between them. To provide additional space, the Colleges will lease New Future Manor, an apartment building just off campus, accommodating approximately 40 students.
The 2007-2008 academic year will officially begin on Wednesday, Aug. 29, with the convocation ceremony on Stern Lawn, where civil rights leader Congressman John R. Lewis (D-GA) will deliver the Convocation Address.