Hobart and William Smith Colleges prepare students to lead lives of consequence.

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The Curriculum

The Colleges are defined by a longstanding focus on educating and thinking across academic disciplines, and the close work of research and creativity that connects faculty and students.

'Explore, Collaborate, Act,' the animating principle that unifies the HWS curriculum, embodies the transformational purpose of our education: to develop each student's capacity for analytical, expressive, empathetic, critical, and effective reasoning and communication, which can be carried forward into life, work and the world.

The Residential Experience

Students live and learn on campus in a vibrant environment that celebrates difference, values collaboration and builds community.

The advancement of this community rests in a shared series of signature experiences that encourages the formation of connections between faculty and students, and that transcends the traditional borders of the classroom and residence hall. These experiences include the First-Year Seminar, study abroad, service learning, the guaranteed internship and the capstone project.
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Geneva, N.Y.

At HWS, there exists a widespread and compelling commitment to learning through service, educating students who are civically engaged and graduates who are active citizens.

Geneva's size, location, diversity and opportunities make it big enough for students to examine the real world applications of a variety of fields of study yet small enough to propose solutions and put them in action. Under the guidance of faculty and community partners, students create meaningful change and learn how to scale that change to advance the common good in other communities around the nation and the world.

Our Place in the Environment

In the heart of the Finger Lakes, Hobart and William Smith are located on the shore of Seneca Lake in an area rich in natural resources, history and beauty. To preserve and protect our region, the Colleges are dedicated to environmental research and education, and have pledged carbon neutrality by 2025.

Through curricular and co-curricular programming, all students learn their responsibilities to the environment and the human place in the complex ecosystem of the planet.
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Global Perspectives

Through a robust study abroad program, a campus community with strong international affiliations, and a curriculum that prizes curiosity, students form an appreciation for the vivid diversity of human cultures as they also seek connections and similarities within that diversity.
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Inclusive Excellence

Students are pushed beyond the boundaries of the familiar and the narratives of past experience to understand and embrace multiple identities and experiences. The result is a culture of respect on campus, one grounded in the inherent dignity of all people and that students carry with them when they graduate.
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Coordinate Heritage

Founded as two separate colleges (Hobart for men in 1822 and William Smith for women in 1908), Hobart and William Smith students share the same campus, faculty, administration and curriculum. Each College maintains its own traditions, deans, student government and athletic department, providing students with a contemporary, 21st century construct to interrogate gender and difference.

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Through a sophisticated career development program and under the mentorship of faculty, students gain the necessary clarity to be competitive when seeking employment, win prestigious fellowships and gain admittance to the best graduate programs in the country.
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