Hobart and William Smith Colleges seek students with a passion for learning. We want you to expand your interests and see the world from multiple perspectives. You’ll be guided along the way by a faculty with a passion for teaching and a desire to help you reach your goals.

Prior to college, we expect that you have chosen a rigorous high school curriculum and have applied your talents to the betterment of your school and community. We’ll carefully review your application, transcript, essay and recommendations. Many of the characteristics we value are not well identified through examination of standardized test scores, therefore you will have the option of whether we use those scores (SAT or ACT) when you apply for admission to Hobart and William Smith.

Learn more about our test-optional policy.

Learn more about applying to Hobart and William Smith by clicking
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Apply as a First-Year Student
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Deferred Admission

Students who have been accepted for admission may petition to delay the start of their academic career at HWS provided that they have communicated this desire to the admissions office prior to submitting their enrollment down payment. A student should give written notice to their admissions counselor prior to their enrollment down payment deadline. This notice should detail what the student plans to do in the interim and address how the break in their schooling will enhance the applicant’s future experience at HWS, advance their personal growth and/or contribute significantly to their community. If the deferral is approved, The Colleges will require an enrollment down payment by the payment deadline to hold the candidate’s space in a future class. Deferral requests will not be accepted after the enrollment down payment deadline of January 15 for early decision applicants and May 1 for regular decision applicants. The enrollment down payment is posted to the student’s upcoming first term, and is applied as a payment to their first semester bill. Please note that should a student decide not to matriculate into the Colleges, the enrollment down payment is forfeited.


Please contact the Office of Admissions, (315) 781-3622, (800) 852-2256, if you have any questions.

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Active Citizenship

Part of leading a life of consequence is participation in active citizenship. Peacefully exercising your right to protest will not jeopardize admission to Hobart and William Smith, even if you are disciplined or suspended. We encourage applicants to stand up for what they believe in.

Demonstrated Interest

As prospective students try to find colleges that are a good match for them, our admissions office is trying to find students who are a good match for HWS. Accordingly we welcome any and all opportunities to meet with students on-campus, at their schools, in their hometowns and online. Substantial Interaction with an admissions staff member may positively impact our final admissions decision. While we highly recommend a campus visit, we understand that it may not be possible for every prospective student to make it to Hobart and William Smith. We do hope those who do not make the trip to Geneva, N.Y. will look for other opportunities to interact with our staff, faculty, students and alumni/ae.


Preparing Students to Lead Lives of Consequence.