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At HWS, there's an intellectual community ready to help you gain the clarity and experience necessary to face the future with confidence.

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CLARITY of thought.

Define your aspirations and discover new horizons through a multitude of academic programs, campus forums, research opportunities and global experiences. Investigate 45 majors and 67 minors or create your own program of study.

CLARITY of purpose.

Join our lakeside community that begins in Geneva but wraps around the world - one that values academic exploration, multiple perspectives, meaningful discourse and inclusive excellence.

CLARITY of direction.

Prepare for tomorrow by taking on important leadership roles, internships and scholarly pursuits, working closely with mentors so that you have the necessary skills and experience to succeed after graduation.

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Taylor Mancini '19

Scarsdale, NY
Math, Economics

Taylor Mancini '19

Scarsdale, NY
Math, Economics

Strong leadership skills and a solid grounding in mathematics and finance landed Taylor Mancini '19 an internship with Genworth, an industry leader in long-term care insurance and financial solutions for aging adults.

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Gavin Gross '19

Pipersville, PA
Economics, Asian Studies            

Gavin Gross '19

Pipersville, PA
Economics, Asian Studies

After spending the summer as an Analyst for Citi, Gavin Gross '19 addressed his peers during the annual Convocation ceremony. In his speech, Gavin reflected on his time abroad in Taipei, Taiwan and Nanjing, China where he learned the opportunities that fear and failure offer.

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Zahra Arabzada '19

Kunduz, Afghanistan
Biochemistry

Zahra Arabzada '19

Kunduz, Afghanistan
Biochemistry

One of only ten students profiled, Glamour magazine has named activist and runner Zahra Arabzada '19 one of 2018's top College Women of the Year.

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Ethan Leon '19

Orinda, CA
Architectural Studies, Psychology

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Ethan Leon '19

Orinda, CA
Architectural Studies, Psychology

As a recipient of the Eric Cohler Internship and Travel Award, Ethan Leon '19 enjoyed a fully-funded study abroad experience to Tel Aviv and an internship at Eric Cohler Design, Inc. in New York City.

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Josh Walker '20

Fort Washington, MD
Computer Science, Media & Society

Josh Walker '20

Fort Washington, MD
Computer Science, Media & Society

Josh Walker '20, who earned a 2018 Charles H. Salisbury Summer International Internship Stipend, says he has gained "immense experience and insight" while shouldering "a great amount of responsibility" as a commercial real estate intern at the New York and Hong Kong offices of Colliers International.

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You're Thinking About Your Future. So Are We.

Design your future with confidence. Shatter your expectations. Gain vital experience from internships and research opportunities (one of which is guaranteed); take action and make an impact through leadership opportunities; strengthen your network with alums and parents in successful careers.

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Samantha Buckenmeier '20

Psychology major
Working to provide a constructive environment for individuals with mental disabilities and those battling substance abuse, Samantha Buckenmaier '20 joined the Arundel Lodge Behavioral Health Center in Parole, Md., as an intern.
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Alvin Randall '19

Biochemistry major
Over the summer at Cornell AgriTech in Geneva, Alvin Randall '19 helped discover the location on an apple's chromosome of any natural resistance to fire blight.
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Adelaide Fowle '19

Philosophy major
Adelaide Fowle '19 explored power dynamics in her paper "Ignorance and Knowledge: A Social Epistemologist Account of Epistemic Inferiority," which she presented at Rochester Institute of Technology's Undergraduate Philosophy Conference.
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Just the Facts

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    Applying to HWS

    Hobart and William Smith 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 faculty who have 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 HWS.