Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Located on 320 acres in the heart of New York State’s Finger Lakes Region, Hobart and William Smith are independent liberal arts colleges distinctive for providing highly individualized educations. Guided by a curriculum grounded in exploration and rigor, the Colleges prepare students to think critically. In partnership with the Geneva and global communities and through robust programs in career development, study-abroad, service, leadership and athletics, the Colleges foster an environment that values global citizenship, teamwork, ethics, inclusive excellence and cultural competence.
Under the mentorship of faculty, Hobart and William Smith students gain the necessary clarity to be competitive when seeking employment. They win prestigious fellowships like the Rhodes, Gates Cambridge, Udall, Fulbright and Goldwater. They gain admittance to the best graduate programs in the country. They go on to lead lives of consequence.
The Coordinate Tradition
The Colleges enjoy a rich heritage based on a two-college system rooted in interdisciplinary teaching and research. Originally founded as two separate colleges (Hobart for men in 1822 and William Smith for women in 1908), HWS now operates under a coordinate college system. All students share the same campus, faculty, administration and curriculum. Each college maintains its own traditions, deans, student government and athletic department, giving students additional leadership opportunities.
Students 2,344 undergraduate students
Faculty: 225 full-time
Student-Faculty Ratio: 11:1
Average Class Size: 16 students
Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts in Teaching
Study Abroad: 60 percent of HWS students study abroad in nearly 50 locations around the world
Alumni & Alumnae: More than 22,000 worldwide
Students who discuss classwork with a professor outside of class: 96%
Classes taught by teaching assistants: 0%
Students hail from: 43 states and 35 countries
Number of languages spoken on campus: More than 50
Number of languages spoken by Dean of Hobart College Eugen Baer: 13
Hours of service performed by members of the HWS community in the 2014-2015 academic year: More than 80,000
Students who participate in community service, service-learning, and community based research: 100%
Cost: Tuition: $48,586
Room and board: $12,583
Students receiving financial aid (need and merit): 84%
Enrolled students (Classes of 2019) who applied Early Decision: Nearly 45%
Hobart and William Smith was ranked #16 in Money magazine’s 2015 list of the nation’s best liberal arts colleges, and was also one of only three institutions to earn a “Value-Added Grade” in the A’s.
HWS was included in The Princeton Review’s 2015 “Guide to 353 Green Colleges.” The annual guide lauds colleges and universities with the most exceptional commitments to sustainability based on academic offerings and career preparation, campus policies, initiatives and activities.
The Colleges moved ahead 14 spots to be ranked No. 85 on Kiplinger’s Personal Finance list of 100 Best College Values for 2015.
Since 2001, Hobart and William Smith Colleges have moved 15 spots in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, this year coming in at No. 61 in the "National Liberal Arts Colleges" category.
During the 2014-2015 academic year, HWS was also recognized nationally as one of only four institutions named as finalists for the President's Award for Education Community Service in an Honor Roll of nearly 800 colleges and universities considered for the prestigious recognition.
HWS was included among the "Top 20 Small and Mighty Campuses of Excellence" in Reform Judaism magazine’s "7th Annual RJ Insider's Guide to College Life," in partnership with Hillel: The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life.
In 2015, the Princeton Review named HWS as one of the nation’s 50 best colleges and universities for providing students with outstanding outcomes in their book, “Colleges That Create Futures: 50 Schools that Launch Careers by Going Beyond the Classroom.” HWS was also one of only 200 colleges profiled in the Princeton Review’s book, “Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get in – 2015 Edition.”
HWS was ranked No. 53 on Sierra magazine's 2015 "Cool Schools" list of the greenest colleges and universities, moving ahead 63 spots since first appearing on the list in 2009. The Colleges earned the highest possible rating in the categories for co-curricular sustainability programs and initiatives, as well as innovation in sustainability.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges were included in Forbes magazine's list of "The 50 Top ROI Colleges 2014: The Grateful Grads Index." The index uses the dollar amount of private donations to an institution per student over a 10-year period to measure a school's value. The index takes into account alum participation rates, or percentage of graduates who donate to their alma mater each year, as strong indicators of return on investment (ROI).
The Colleges were recently named a 2015 Tree Campus USA by the Arbor Day Foundation and Toyota. It was the fourth consecutive year named to the recognition.
What Our Visitors Say
“I have been all over this country to speak at colleges and universities, and let me tell you, there is a sense of community at Hobart and William Smith that I have not seen elsewhere.”
John Lewis, U.S. congressman (D-GA) and civil rights activist; HWS convocation speaker
“At the level of the head, and more importantly at the level of the heart, something special is going on at Hobart and William Smith. . . . This is a place where service and stewardship are woven into every aspect and every detail of campus life.”
Eric Liu, author of The True Patriot, President’s Forum Series speaker
“It was more than obvious that HWS students were well informed and opinionated, yet extremely respectful and gracious. We rely on students like these to be our statesmen, journalists, judges, teachers and truth tellers—they can and will make an impact.”
Tara Wall, columnist, Washington Times; editor, TheConservatives.com; President’s Forum Series speaker
“When it comes to international education, Hobart and William Smith truly lead the way. This outward orientation is vital because the graduating classes of the 21st century will live global lives.”
Madeleine K. Albright, former Secretary of State, HWS convocation speaker
“It's an extraordinary place with such a rich history and exciting progress on so many fronts - within the academic disciplines, the focus on international engagement and public service, and even here as a community of people living and working together in a beautiful, fragile environment.”
Thomas Tighe LL.D. '03, President and CEO of Direct Relief International, HWS Convocation Speaker