Open House

We could write volumes about the dynamic community and unparalleled beauty of Hobart and William Smith, but a visit to our lakeside campus is truly the best way to know if HWS is a good fit for you.

We offer a variety of visit options for busy prospective students and families.

Preview HWS Visit (Offered at 9:30 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Friday; Offered at 9:30 a.m. and 11:15 a.m. on Saturdays; approximate time: 2 hours)
Recommended for high school juniors -- or seniors who haven't visited HWS. The Preview Visit takes approximately two hours and includes a presentation by a member of the Admissions staff and a student-guided campus tour.

Personal Interviews (Interviews are offered Monday through Saturday at 8:45 am, 10:30 am, 11:15 am, and 1 pm. On weekdays, interviews are also offered at 3:45 pm. Approximate time: 30 minutes)
An opportunity for you to discuss your academic curiosity, your personal strengths and your goals for the future while learning more about the HWS experience. At the same time, we come to know more about who you are as a person from these conversations, and that’s important to us. Interviews are available on or off campus starting May 1 for high school juniors, and we stop offering interviews for seniors at the end of January.

Open Houses (typically held during the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m.)
An event designed to give families a glimpse into HWS; presentations made by members of the faculty, staff and students.

Personalized Visits
Visits that are personalized to suit prospective students’ interests are offered from early September through late November, and again from early February through late April. Available to high school seniors Monday through Friday.

Visual Arts Tours (approximate time: 45 minutes)
Tours of the visual arts facilities (not seen on the full campus tour) are available upon request. The tours, which include architectural studies, studio art and photography studios, leave from the Office of Admissions. Pre-registration is required.

Affording Your Education (Offered Monday-Friday at 11:30 a.m.)
A financial aid 101 session that is geared for all. Even if you’re not planning on applying for financial aid, this session may change your mind. You’ll walk away with useful tips and strategies to navigate the application process and learn the simple formula that schools use in determining your aid package.

Please call the Office of Admissions at (315) 781-3622 or (800) 852-2256 to learn more about our visit options and to schedule an appointment.


Register for an Open House

December 2014
Preview HWS Visit, Mon-Fri 9:30 a.m., 2 p.m., Sat 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m.
Interview, Mon-Sat (seniors)
Affording Your Education, Mon-Fri at 11:30 a.m.
Office closes Wednesday, December 24. Reopens on Monday, January 5.

January 2015
Preview HWS Visit, Mon-Fri 9:30 a.m., 2:00 p.m., Sat 9:30 a.m., 11:15 a.m.
Interview, Mon-Sat (seniors)
Affording Your Education, Mon-Fri at 11:30 a.m.
Science and Medicine Open House: Friday, January 23
Office closed Thursday, January 1 through Sunday, January 4. Reopens on Monday, January 5.

Day Visits for the 2014-15 Academic Year:
Fall: September 14 through December 13
Spring: February 1 through May 2

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