A liberal arts and sciences institution, Hobart and William Smith is known for consistent success in preparing students for meaningful lives and fulfilling careers through an outcomes-based focus on their futures.

Our Return on Investment

  • Princeton Review ranks HWS among the Top 25 colleges and universities in the nation for faculty, career services and commitment to the environment 
  • HWS is 5th in the nation for community engagement according to Washington Monthly
  • Wall Street Journal ranks HWS #1 for learning opportunities as determined by student survey responses 
  • Georgetown University’s Center on Education in the Workforce places HWS in the top 7% of higher-ed institutions in the nation for Return on Investment

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Student Success Stories

Student Life at HWS

Classes of 2027Profile of ourFirst-Year Class

Our student community represents a vibrant cross-section of the world's diversity - of nationality, cultural background, academic interest, political inclination, gender identity, economic situation and life experience.

  • Applications: 5,598
  • Admitted: 3,188
  • Enrolled: 462
  • Early Decision: 38%
  • Average High School GPA: 3.62
  • 8% submitted SAT scores; 95% have a composite score of 1200 or above
  • 7% submitted ACT scores; 39% have a composite score of 30 or above
  • Multicultural Population: 26%
  • Percent from Out of State: 60%
  • Percent male-identifying/female-identifying/another gender: 50%/48%/2%

Campus Renovations

Over the course of the past year, several renovations to residence halls, academic and social spaces have bolstered the vibrancy of our residential community.

  • Adams Intercultural Center – renovated, expanded and renamed after Hobart’s first Black graduate, the AIC provides a welcoming environment with support for personal growth, academic success and leadership skills as well as programming designed to broaden cross-cultural understanding, foster an appreciation for diversity, inclusion and social justice, and strengthen community bonds.
Provenzano Gallery
  • Provenzano Student Art Gallery - an exciting new student-run space at the heart of HWS’ campus in the Scandling Campus Center, you’ll find student-created and student-curated art on display throughout the academic year.
outdoor classroom
  • Classes of 1972 Outdoor Classroom – built just outside HWS’ main classroom buildings, benches are built into the campus’s natural landscape to form an outdoor lecture hall where faculty and students convene for critical thinking and discussion.
  • Bartlett Theatre – the former black box theatre was transformed into a student event space used for club meetings and celebrations as well as academic forums and campus events.
Scandling spaces
  • Scandling Campus Center – lounges and dining areas have been enhanced and reconfigured, creating a student-designed commons conducive to both social and study space.
  • Residence Halls – lobbies and social lounges in ten residence halls were upgraded to create welcoming space for informal and formal social programming. Two additional residence hall-based classrooms were created to expand on the already successful living learning communities for first-year students.