The Hobart and William Smith Classes of 2022, who arrive for Orientation today, Aug. 23, include class presidents, all-star athletes, engaged volunteers and inspired artists ready to pursue futures defined by innovation and consequence. Follow coverage of Orientation 2018
“The Classes of 2022 are an exceptional group of bright, engaged and diverse students. Their experiences and perspectives will enrich our community as they study, create, explore and participate in all this place has to offer here on campus, in Geneva and around the world,” says Interim President Patrick A. McGuire L.H.D.’12. “I look forward to personally welcoming each new student as they matriculate into Hobart and William Smith Colleges.”
The 620 members of the Classes of 2022 will matriculate with 40 percent of its students accepted to the Colleges early decision and 25 percent identifying as students of color, both increases from previous years. Accepted among a more competitive applicant pool than previous years, the Colleges’ newest students scored an average SAT math and verbal score of 1320, and travel to HWS from 33 states and 11 countries. The new classes also include a number of legacy students— the children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins or siblings of alumni, alumnae and current students—who comprise nearly 15 percent of the Classes of 2022.
“As I enter Hobart and William Smith Colleges, I find myself eager to become a part of a community aspiring to exceed,” says Charlie Widing ’22, an Environmental Studies Trustee Scholar and member of the Hobart soccer team from Brookline, Mass. “I am excited to surround myself with a diverse group of individuals who will stretch my perspective on global issues and indulge in a wide range of studies which will help shape my future.”
Jayla Blackmon ’22, of Bedford, Ohio, is eager to become engaged with the professors in the political science and international relations departments and explore the Colleges’ global education programs. “What I look forward to the most is meeting new people and my professors. I am excited to explore my passions deeper with the resources HWS provides. I love engaging with different cultures, so when I saw that HWS’ study abroad program is No. 1 in the country, that immediately sparked my interest.”
An Arts Scholar from Natick, Mass., Dominique Marshall ’22 brings a passion for Shakespearian theater and athletics to Geneva and anticipates spending time in the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts. “I’m really looking forward to the completely different atmosphere that college has to offer. I can’t wait to take a step closer toward my dreams.”
Active in debate, Maya Striuli ’22, of Barrington, R.I., was drawn by the success of the HWS Debate Team and the notoriety of the Colleges’ hosting the annual Round Robin, one of the world’s most prestigious international tournaments. She was also attracted to the welcoming community. “I decided to come to HWS because I wanted to live in a place I could call home. I wanted a college that wouldn’t be easy but tough academically. I want class discussions with my professors and classmates to be challenging.”
Morgan Willis ’22, of Woodstock, Vt., is a legacy student who was initially reluctant to follow in the footsteps of her father, David Willis, a member of the Hobart class of 1992. “Visiting HWS changed my mindset and raised the bar for what I expected from a college. Hobart and William Smith Colleges stand as the doorway to the type of education experience I wanted to have.” Willis is interested in community service and the arts, as well as exploring the fields of architecture and classics.
A Geneva Scholarship Associates recipient, Nate Jacon ’22 is from Geneva, N.Y. He said visiting HWS as part of Geneva 2020 programming in the third-, sixth- and ninth-grade allowed him to become familiar with the campus. Jacon says the sense of community on campus became a distinguishing factor in his college search. “I fell in love with HWS more each time I visited. I felt like people wanted me there as much as I wanted to be there and no other school could match that.”
Orientation Weekend activities will culminate at 5 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 27 with Convocation 2018 featuring a keynote address and welcome from Margarita Ramos ‘85, Bank of America’s global head of HR compliance.
To follow the weekend’s events, visit the Orientation 2018 news page.