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We recognize that the delays in this year’s Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) have created uncertainty for students and their families. In an effort to better meet the needs of our applicants, we will continue to accept Regular Decision applications beyond our posted deadline. We hope the additional time will allow for an informed decision when completing admission and financial aid applications.

Learn more about the 2024-25 FAFSA.

The future
we’re focused on
is yours.

At HWS, you’ll be on an adventure and your experience will be entirely your own – full of learning, discovery, surprises, accomplishment and joy.

You’ll make a plan, mentored by caring, expert guides and grounded in experiences that let you test your interests and pave the way to a lifetime of purpose.

You’ll gain significant insights into the emerging challenges of the future world.


You’ll be taught and mentored by the best. Literally.

Princeton Review confirms it. HWS is among just 21 other schools on the “Great Professors” list

You’ll find places to belong within the HWS family. Our community welcomes open-minded people from many and varied backgrounds and perspectives.

You’ll be valued as an ethical person who approaches complex problems with empathy and discernment – and in partnership with others.

You’ll be prepared to build and lead your brightest future.



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Your future is on the horizon

HWS is highly selective in the admissions process. Successful applicants will have:

  • Challenged themselves with a rigorous high school curriculum
  • Applied their talents to the betterment of their school and community
  • Met with an HWS admissions staff member for an interview
  • Demonstrated a propensity to be curious, resourceful, persistent and conscientious

    We offer prospective first-year students three application plans to choose from: Early Decision Rounds I and II, Early Action and Regular Decision.


    Is your college journey taking a turn? We accept transfer students from two- and four-year institutions.


    HWS students hail from 35 countries. We welcome applications from international students and support them through the process.

Application ResourcesYour Success

Is our priority

We are committed to helping the broadest range of students navigate the college admissions process. Accordingly, we do not charge an application fee, nor do we require standardized test scores. Our supportive admissions staff will be with you throughout the process.

  • Submit an Application

    We accept the Coalition Application and the Common Application. We do not charge an application fee.

  • Testing Policy

    Proudly test optional since 2006, we will only use your ACT/SAT scores if the results make a positive impact on your application.

  • Academic Opportunity Programs

    AOP and HEOP support students from academically and economically disadvantaged backgrounds who are likely to thrive on a campus like ours.

  • Aid & Scholarships

    Every college claims to be affordable. We’ll let you be the judge. Use our calculators to estimate your expenses at HWS.

  • Schedule a Visit

    Come meet us by the lake! Campus tours, information sessions, interviews and special programs are offered throughout the year.

  • Contact Us

    Consider us your guides. We’re here for you at every step on the road to college.