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  • Ports

    Ports: "Ports is a great place to experience the food and drinks of the Finger Lakes. If you want a break from SAGA and an evening of sophistication and high quality food, this is the place for you." - Gianna Gonzalez '20

    Ports, 4432 West Lake Road

  • Flavors of India

    Flavors of India: "I really enjoy going to Flavors not only for the all-you-can-eat dinner buffet, but also because in Geneva there's now more opportunity to find culturally diverse food." - Elizabeth Fajardo '20

    Flavors of India, 10 Castle Street

  • F.L.X. Fry Bird

    F.L.X. Fry Bird: "You can't beat their popcorn chicken with a side of deliciously seasoned lake-salt fries." - Adam Farid '20

    F.L.X. Fry Bird, 18 Linden Street

  • Bagels

    Bagels and Cakes: "You can get good food any time of day. I like the homey atmosphere, and the lack of single-use plastics used to serve food." - Lilly Castro '20

    Bagels and Cakes, 476 Hamilton Street

  • Wegmans

    Wegmans: "I love Wegmans because they're just a short walk from campus and always have a variety of healthier options that come in handy, whether I need a quick snack or three-course meal." - Courtney Page '22

    Wegmans, 300 Hamilton St.

  • Parkers

    Parker's: "Parker's is a great, friendly place downtown to go cool down after classes with my buddies, especially on Thursdays when they have Thursday Night Football on." - Dhiraj Mukkamala '20

    Parkers Grille, 100 Seneca St.

  • Opus

    Opus: "Opus serves some of the best spicy breakfast burritos in town." - Kevin Lin '20

    Opus Café, 486 Exchange St.

  • Char

    Char Burrito Bar: "Char is an amazing take on an authentic, in-house-made Chipotle with fantastic options that will satisfy your Mexican meal cravings." - Lex Knipper '21

    Char Burrito Bar, 68 Castle Street

  • The Elephant Geneva

    The Elephant Geneva: "The Elephant is a good option for when you're looking for something different. It's affordable and has delicious and authentic Thai food." - Brianna Hurysz '20

    The Elephant Geneva, 1 Franklin Square Suite 100

  • Uncle Joe's

    Uncle Joe's: "A sub sandwiched between two pizza crusts? It's a real thing! Get to Uncle Joe's and ask for the Big Al." - Grant Emerson '20

    Uncle Joe's, 99 North Genesee Street


  • Summer of Service

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  • Monitoring the Finger Lakes

    Monitoring the Finger Lakes Water: Read More

  • Geneva Heroes

    Geneva Heroes Builds Community Relationships: Read More

  • Dow

    Legal Primer in Geneva for Dow '21: Read More

  • Fribolin Farm Interns

    Four HWS Students Intern at Fribolin Farm: Read More

  • Capstone Incubates Downtown Business

    Capstone Incubates Downtown Business: Read More

  • Moffett

    Moffett '21 Conducts Apple Research: Read More

  • America Reads

    The Legacy of America Reads at HWS: Read More


The Finger Lakes region boasts a growing tourist industry. Here are a few of the local destinations and attractions:



Hobart and William Smith are located on a spectacular 195-acre campus along the northern tip of Seneca Lake in the City of Geneva. Seneca Lake, formed by receding glaciers during the most recent ice age, is the largest of the Finger Lakes, and the second deepest lake in all of New York State. Geneva, with a population of 13,300 residents, is just part of the 9,000-square-mile Finger Lakes region. The area 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.




  • 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. CCESL's vision centers on a sustained, engaged relationship with the community through the Geneva Partnership, promoting 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 that information to the public.

  • Geneva 2020

    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.

  • Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Learning


    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.

  • Community-Based Research and Service-Learning


    At HWS, community-based research 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.

  • Centennial Center for Leadership


    With focus on leadership development, entrepreneurial leadership, global leadership and community leadership, the Centennial Center for Leadership (CCL) enables students to become leaders across areas of interest. At CCL, students achieve their goals across a variety of individualized paths.