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Hobart and William Smith Colleges

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About HWS

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.

HWS Facts

  • Students 1,824 undergraduate students

  • Faculty: 201 full-time

  • Student-Faculty Ratio: 9:1

  • 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 22,500 worldwide

  • Students who discuss classwork with a professor outside of class: 96%

  • Classes taught by teaching assistants: 0%

  • Students hail from: 40 states and 35 countries

  • Number of languages spoken on campus: More than 50

  • Hours of service performed by members of the HWS community in an academic year: More than 80,000

  • Students who participate in community service, service-learning, and/or community based research: 100%

  • Costs for 2021-22 academic year:
    Tuition: $58,990
    Room: $8,610
    Board: $6,985*
    Technology Fee: $490
    Student Activities Fee: $400
    Wellness Fee: $360

    * Please note: First-year students must purchase the Finger Lakes dining plan.

  • Students receiving some form of financial aid: 95.6%

  • Enrolled students (Classes of 2024) who applied Early Decision: 41%

Hobart Bicentennial


Worth Noting

First in study abroad ROI
financial aid assistance Top Professors
Guaranteed Internship Number one in service
Geneva an All-American City Fulbright


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,; 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


Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.