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At HWS, there's an intellectual community ready to help you gain the clarity and experience necessary to face the future with confidence.

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CLARITY of thought.

Define your aspirations and discover new horizons through a multitude of academic programs, campus forums, research opportunities and global experiences. Investigate 45 majors and 67 minors or create your own program of study.

CLARITY of purpose.

Join our lakeside community that begins in Geneva but wraps around the world - one that values academic exploration, multiple perspectives, meaningful discourse and inclusive excellence.

CLARITY of direction.

Prepare for tomorrow by taking on important leadership roles, internships and scholarly pursuits, working closely with mentors so that you have the necessary skills and experience to succeed after graduation.

Student Profile

Dominique DeRubeis

Pittsburgh, Pa.
Economics and Computer Science double major

Dominique DeRubeis

Pittsburgh, Pa.
Economics and Computer Science double major

"HWS faculty are there for you, one-on-one. They ask how they can support you in reaching your goals. I knew that wasn't going to be something I could get anywhere else."

Internships: Policy solutions researcher at Georgetown University's Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation; technical writer for Sea Street Technologies in Boston; Technology Analyst Intern at JP Morgan.

Favorite HWS Tradition: The Writer's Block Party is a 12-hour facilitated session right before finals where students can get advice on their writing or do homework. They have everything you could want as you prepare for finals - coffee, snacks and raffles. I look forward to it because there are so many people congregating in one room for the same reason. We're in this together.

Dream job: Working in finance or a startup.

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Grant Soucy

Chicago, Ill.
Economics, and Spanish & Hispanic studies double major; currently Investment Banking Analyst at J.P. Morgan

Grant Soucy

Chicago, Ill.
Economics, and Spanish & Hispanic studies double major; currently Investment Banking Analyst at J.P. Morgan

"It was close to a sure thing I'd be successful at HWS because of the way professors are invested in your work. I can talk to them about anything - not just school, but about life. This is a close-knit community.

Internships: Summer analyst for J.P. Morgan and equity research; private client advisor with William Blair

Athletics: Hobart lacrosse defenseman

Favorite class: "Economics of Food and Agriculture with Associate Professor of Economics Elizabeth Ramey. Although I'm from the Midwest and grew up around farms, this class gave me real insight into the industrialization our agriculture system.

Abroad: Seville, Spain. It was the best time of my life.

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Ato Bentsi-Enchill

Accra, Ghana
International Relations and French and Francophone studies double major; African studies minor

Ato Bentsi-Enchill

Accra, Ghana
International Relations and French and Francophone studies double major; African studies minor

"I've grown to love HWS as a place that challenges me to think and grow. It has taught me to broaden my perspectives, think for myself and make moves that will help me in the future."

Favorite class: "Personal Empowerment." You get to know yourself.

Entrepreneurship: Winner of the 2014 Pitch Contest for his idea, "RevisonPrep," an educational service for students in Ghana; finalist in both the 2017 Pitch Contest and New York Business Plan Competition; winner of StartUpAfrica's Idea Generation competition; selected for the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program; University of Rochester's Simon Business School Early Leaders Case Competition participant

Abroad: South Africa; Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast) interning with ROM Consults through the Bickley Fund.

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Gail Quintos

Queens, N.Y.
Media and Society and Theatre double major; Arts and Education minor

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Gail Quintos

Queens, N.Y.
Media and Society and Theatre double major; Arts and Education minor

"I wanted to be someplace where people know my name. I wanted to be in a place where I could learn how to write properly. I wanted to gain academic skills and become a critical thinker, not just to help me find a job, but to prepare me to be a better person, someone open to challenges and challenging ideas. I loved the campus and the Geneva community."

Internships: Nickelodeon's live-action casting department in Los Angeles and "The Wendy Williams Show" in New York City

Place you are most likely to be found on campus: The Gearan Center for the Performing Arts - 65,000 square feet for theatre, music, dance and media & society

Favorite class: I have one for each of my majors. "Global Musicals" was a pivotal moment and I was able to do research as a media scholar. "Theatre for Social Change" pushed me outside traditional theatre.

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D. Griffin Marsh

Penn Yan, N.Y.
Economics and International Relations double major; Political Science minor

D. Griffin Marsh

Penn Yan, N.Y.
Economics and International Relations double major; Political Science minor

"Rowing has become a massive part of my life at HWS. I started as a walk on - and put in a lot of hard work - and now I'm a captain. I wouldn't have had this experience anywhere else."

Athletics: Hobart rowing; Head of the Charles Collegiate Eight Champion

Why HWS: I chose HWS for the small class sizes. The professors here care about your education. You can develop a personal relationship with them, and it's much more substantial than if your professor is teaching a class of 300 students.

Academic excellence: President and founder of Sigma Iota Rho: International Relations Honor Society; member of Omicron Delta Epsilon: International Economics Honor Society; HWS Druid, Chimera and Orange Key societies; Phi Beta Kappa Book Prize recipient; two-time recipient of the Arnold Scholar-Athlete Award; Economics Teaching Fellow and Lead Teaching Fellow

You're Thinking About Your Future. So Are We.

Design your future with confidence. Shatter your expectations. Gain vital experience from internships and research opportunities (one of which is guaranteed); take action and make an impact through leadership opportunities; strengthen your network with alums and parents in successful careers.

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Kimberly Gutierrez

Sociology and Women's Studies double major
Creative and Story Department internship at Warner Bros. Pictures                     

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Matthew Skinner

Philosophy major
U.S. Department of Agriculture intern, researching agricultural policy, and investigating and developing climate change response plans

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Therese Mandracchia

Biochemistry major
New York State Police Forensic Investigation Center summer internship, assisting researchers in the lab, making templates for DNA donors and shadowing lab workers

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    Applying to HWS

    Hobart and William Smith seek students with a passion for learning. We want you to expand your interests and see the world from multiple perspectives. You'll be guided along the way by faculty who have a passion for teaching and a desire to help you reach your goals.

    Prior to college, we expect that you have chosen a rigorous high school curriculum and have applied your talents to the betterment of your school and community. We'll carefully review your application, transcript, essay and recommendations. Many of the characteristics we value are not well identified through examination of standardized test scores, therefore you will have the option of whether we use those scores (SAT or ACT) when you apply for admission to HWS.