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A college is strongest when firmly rooted in the community it calls home.

The city of Geneva, N.Y., with its beautiful lakeside setting, rolling vineyards, cultural destinations and a diverse population from around the world, has been a wonderful host to HWS for nearly 200 years. In the last decade, through the generosity of Geneva leaders and residents, that partnership has only strengthened. Today, the faculty, staff and students of Hobart and William Smith work together with community members and organizations to collaborate on a variety of critical projects impacting the future of the area. This partnership allows community members to explore ideas and meet goals while also giving students an invaluable opportunity to apply what they are learning in the real world.

For a summary of last year's community engagement activities, check out our Annual Report.

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About Geneva

  • Geneva was originally the site of the Seneca Nation village of Kanadasaga.
  • The Seneca lived by democratic ideals believed by historians to have influenced the drafting of the U.S. Constitution.
  • Geneva was first incorporated in 1806; Geneva College, the precursor to Hobart, was founded in 1818; William Smith College was founded in 1908.
  • The first women’s rights convention was held in 1848, just across Seneca Lake in the Town of Waterloo.
  • The population of Geneva is about 14,000.
  • Seneca Lake is the deepest and widest of the Finger Lakes.

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