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Hobart and William Smith are located on a spectacular 195-acre campus along the northern tip of Seneca Lake in the City of Geneva. Surrounding HWS, the 9,000-square-mile Finger Lakes region is known for its natural splendor, more than 100 wineries and historic roles in both the women's rights movement and the Underground Railroad. This area is rich in history and natural beauty and serves as a remarkable living and learning environment for students, faculty and staff. Here are a few of the local destinations and attractions:


  • Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning

    The Center for Community Engagement and Service-Learning (CCESL) produces students who are civically engaged and graduates who are active, global citizens. The CCESL vision centers on a sustained, engaged relationship with the community through the Geneva Partnership that promotes positive community change and enhanced student learning.

  • The Finger Lakes Institute

    Finger Lakes Institute (FLI) is dedicated to the promotion of environmental research and education about the Finger Lakes and surrounding environments. In collaboration with regional partners and state and local officials, FLI fosters environmentally-sound development practices throughout the region, and disseminates accumulated knowledge to the public.

  • The Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development

    At HWS, career planning isn't only for seniors. Instead, students begin exploring opportunities as early as the first year. Through a carefully planned career development program, students take advantage of thousands of available internships, externships, job shadowing opportunities and connecting with a vast network of alums, parents and friends of the Colleges.

  • Environmental Sustainability

    With the Colleges situated on the edge of a small city, close to vast agricultural lands and along the shores of the deepest of the Finger Lakes, the opportunities for engagement are endless and act as micro-examples of issues beyond the region, providing a global element essential to addressing the complex environmental issues of today.

  • Geneva 2020

    Geneva 2020 is an important effort to advance the Geneva schools and build a stronger community. By harnessing the resources of the entire community - non-profit organizations, businesses and individuals - we can provide assistance in three key areas identified by the Geneva City School District as being critical to the future of Geneva's children.

  • Community-Based Research and Service-Learning

    At HWS, community-based research (CBR) and service-learning courses are held across disciplines and range from tutoring, child care, and preparing meals to developing and administering evaluation surveys for a local agency, designing the space for the local teen center or researching how gender affects the learning of students in Geneva.

  • Days of Service

    HWS students show their commitment to community engagement during several Days of Service throughout the academic year. During each, volunteers from campus and the surrounding area come together with the common purpose of giving back to the greater Geneva community.



"Opus Café and Wegmans are tied for first place!" - Kelly Briggs '11

Opus Café, 486 Exchange St.
Wegmans, 300 Hamilton St.

"Parkers is a low-key place to hang out and eat a really good meal for very little money." - Emily Ross '12

Parkers Grille, 100 Seneca St.

"Ports may be my favorite restaurant ever." - Eddie Crockett '12

Ports, 4432 West Lake Road

"Bagels and Cakes is amazing." - Emma Boehm '12

Bagels and Cakes, 476 Hamilton Street

"Dallywater's, a tea-centric British eatery. Dallywater's is charming, and the food is out of this world." - Anna Dorman '14

Dallywater's, 68 Castle Street

"Halsey's! It has really great food with gluten-free options. It's fancy, but not overpriced. Definitely a good place to go on a date." - Jocelyn Rapp '13

Halsey's, 106 Seneca Street

"Red Dove Tavern is the perfect place to go for a strawberry shortcake on a Saturday night." - Melissa Hosek '14

The Red Dove Tavern, 30 Castle Street