Admissions Center

The Office of Admissions is located in a renovated historic home overlooking Seneca Lake, and we welcome visitors throughout the year.

John Young

Vice President for Enrollment and Dean of Admissions

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John graduated from Colgate University with a bachelor's degree in history. He served as an assistant and associate director of admissions at Colgate for seven years, and then made a move to become Director of Admissions at Skidmore College. He joined the HWS staff in 2005.

Marylyn O'Hora Uhnak

Associate Vice President and Director of International and Transfer Admissions

Marylyn O'Hora Uhnak
Phone: (315) 781-3750

Uhnak spent the majority of her career working in Admissions and Enrollment at both Hobart and William Smith College and Wells College. Uhnak spent the last 10 years as Assistant Vice President for On and Off Campus Engagement, welcoming prospective students and their families to the HWS Community. In addition to her work in the Office of the President, she serves on the Council of International Schools Asia Committee. Uhnak graduated from Wells College.

William Warder '96

Director of Admissions

Bill Warder Phone: (315) 781-3729

Bill graduated from Hobart College in 1996 with a dual major in comparative literature and Greek. He completed a master's degree in liberal studies at Nazareth College. Before returning to his alma mater in 2005, Bill taught English at Avon Old Farms School and served as the head lacrosse coach at the University of Hartford. Bill works with a number of individual schools around the country.

"It is very rewarding to introduce Hobart and William Smith Colleges to new faces. As a graduate of HWS, I truly enjoy the opportunity to share the excitement, passion and interconnectedness that comes from being a member of our community. Hobart and William Smith encourage every student to discover and explore new academic paths, practical "real-world" experiences and life-long friendships."

Suzanne Willard '99

Associate Director of Admissions

Suzanne Willard Phone: (315) 781-3865

Sue earned a bachelor's degree in history from William Smith College in 1999 and completed the education program. After earning a master's degree in history and serving as a graduate assistant soccer coach at Washington College, she returned to William Smith as assistant coach for the Herons in 2001. From there, Sue went on to coach soccer at both the NCAA Division I and III levels, before rejoining HWS in the Office of Admissions.

"At HWS, we care about our prospective students on a deep level. A prospective student will never just be a number to us! In fact, HWS students are some of the most creative, interesting and fun people you will ever meet."

Kate Beyer '07

Associate Director of Admissions, Director of New England Recruitment

Kate Ustach Beyer '07 Phone: (207) 577-3821

Kate graduated from William Smith in 2007 with a bachelor of arts degree in individual studies – Diversity in the Workplace. Following graduation, Kate was the first AmeriCorps VISTA member at HWS, serving with the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. She later worked at Massachusetts Campus Compact, where she was the coordinator of student initiatives. Kate returned to HWS in 2012, accepting a position as a New England regional representative.

“HWS is a very special place. As an admissions counselor and alum, I love telling prospective students about all it has to offer. The coordinate system is the best of both worlds. It allows students to experience a coed campus, while empowering men and women and providing them with unique leadership opportunities.”

Alison Boland

Associate Director of Admissions

Alison Boland Phone: (315) 781-3318

Alison graduated from State University of New York College at Buffalo where she received a bachelor’s degree in education in 2000. Prior to joining the admissions staff at HWS, Alison worked as a college and career coordinator for the Pittsford Central School district.

"I am excited and eager to share all the Hobart and William Smith has to offer. I truly believe that it is a unique place that fosters a safe place for students to learn and grow. I am very excited to show students and families how being a part of this incredible community can open your eyes to so many opportunities. "

Brianne Ellis '13

Associate Director of Admissions

Brianne Ellis Phone: (315) 781-3768

Brianne is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and a 2013 graduate of William Smith. During her time at HWS she served as Class President, was a teaching fellow for the Anthropology Department and studied abroad in Argentina, among other things. She majored in Sociology and Latin American Studies and minored in Child Advocacy. After graduation, she joined Teach For America in Miami, Florida and earned a Master's in Education and Social Change from the University of Miami while participating in the program.

Maren Serafine

Associate Director of Admissions

Maren Serafine Phone: (315) 781-3749

Maren graduated from Siena College in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English. While at Siena, Maren played four years of varsity soccer, serving as a captain during her senior year. Upon graduation, Maren worked for three years as an assistant director of admissions at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y. She joined the HWS admissions team in 2015.

"I am excited about my position with the HWS Admissions Office because I have a unique opportunity to help build a dynamic community—one that is diverse, enriching, and engaged. The HWS community is a training ground for good members of society. It is a community that allows men and women to cultivate their minds while providing the resources to live principled and meaningful lives."

Rose Cherubin '15

Senior Assistant Director of Admissions and Multicultural Recruitment

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Rose graduated from William Smith College in 2015 with a BA in public policy (healthcare concentration) and a minor in anthropology. She studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she focused on healthcare delivery and prioritization in Northern Europe. On campus, she served as the prime minister of the Caribbean Student Association, a residential assistant in Residential Education, and served on various campus committees comprised of other students, faculty, and staff.

"Ever since I submitted my application as a prospective student in 2011, I have received much generosity from members of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges' community, many of whom are still a part of my support system. I have grown so much as a person while at the Colleges, and could not have asked for a better undergraduate experience. No matter what walk of life one comes from, people are always willing to lend a helping hand. I am excited to work with the Office of Admissions to "pay it forward" and help provide other students the awesome opportunities of having a Hobart and William Smith education as I received."

Emily Martin '16

Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

Emily Martin Phone: (315) 781-3738

Emily graduated from William Smith in 2016 after earning a BA in media and society with a focus in advertising, and a minor in studio art. While a student at HWS, she was a member of the William Smith soccer team, the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, and she participated in the America Reads program tutoring local grade school students. Emily was also a design intern during the construction of the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts and worked as a marketing intern in the Admissions Office during her senior year. In her junior year she studied art and architecture abroad in Rome, Italy. While abroad, she traveled to Austria, Greece, and 14 other towns within Italy to build her portfolio.

"During my time at HWS as a student, the Colleges helped me understand how vital it is to be involved with and help your local community. I am now pursuing a career that I am passionate about while also helping students invest in their futures."

Zoe Eth '16

Senior Assistant Director for On and Off Campus Events

Zoe Eth Phone: (315) 781-3807

Zoe Eth graduated from William Smith in 2016 with a B.S. in biology and a minor in health professions. While a student, she was a member of the Heron soccer team, including the 2013 Division III National Championship team. Eth was also a member of the William Smith Athletics Core Leadership Program for two years. She interned at an elementary school in Haiti, as well as for the Burr Lab group at the Cornell Agricultural Station where she researched a biocontrol for Pierce's Disease, which infects grape vines. Eth currently serves as the head coach of the Heron JV soccer program.

"During my time at HWS I learned that in order to grow you must continue to find ways to get out of your comfort zone. Not only did HWS push me to grow, but everyone—faculty, staff, peers and coaches—supported me through the process. I am honored and excited to be able to show prospective students the incredible community that we have on this campus."

Tyler Serafine '16

Senior Assistant Director of Admissions

Tyler Serafine Phone: (315) 781-3692

Tyler graduated from Hobart College in 2016 with a bachelor of arts degree in Public Policy, concentration in Education. During his time at HWS, Tyler was the goalkeeper for the Hobart soccer team, serving as a captain his senior year, and was involved in the Geneva Heroes program where he worked with local middle and high school students. Tyler returned to HWS in 2018 and currently serves as the admissions counselor for students in the Mid-Atlantic region as well as Southern California, New Mexico, Arizona, and Hawaii.

"HWS is a community that provides endless opportunities to students who are willing to transform their education into a meaningful and influential career. Our campus, culture and community allow students from all over the world to grow over their 4 years and develop into highly marketable young professionals who are well rounded, critical thinkers and problem solvers."

Ian Gregory-Davis

Assistant Director of Admissions

Ian Gregory-Davis Phone: (315) 781-3868

Ian graduated from Skidmore College in 2017 with a bachelor of science degree in health and exercise sciences, and a minor in Spanish. While at Skidmore, Ian was a resident assistant, Peer Mentor and avid intramural volleyball and tennis player. However, Ian's favorite job while on campus was working as a head tour guide in the admissions office. He also studied abroad in Madrid, Spain, during his junior year.

Max Gorton '16

Assistant Director of Admissions

Max Gorton
Phone: (315) 781-3737

Max graduated from Hobart College in 2016 with a bachelor’s degree in Architectural Studies and a minor in Political Science. While at HWS he was able to study in Rome, Italy, and while on campus served as a Resident Assistant, Hobart Student Trustee, and a tutor for America Reads in the local community. Further, Max was a member of the male a capella group, the Hobartones, and enjoyed playing intramural sports. Prior to joining the Admisisons staff in the summer of 2017 he worked for some time in Manhattan at an interior design and architectural firm and traveled throughout Europe. Max represents Hobart and William Smith in the Midwest, Pennsylvania, and a slice of Connecticut.

"I consider myself very fortunate to represent Hobart and William Smith Colleges. This is a world class liberal arts institution that routinely transforms lives with a common goal of bringing out the best in its students. Whether in the classroom, conducting research, studying abroad, or participating in a club or activity, I remain impressed by the multiplicity of opportunities that are available at the colleges. It is truly a place where you are learning all of the time. Throughout this role it is my goal to help connect great people and hardworking students with the same opportunities that were generously presented to me."

Emily Knipper '18

Assistant Director of Admissions

Emily Knipper
Phone: (315) 781-3813

Emily graduated from William Smith in 2018 with a Bachelor of Science degree in biochemistry and minors in English and dance. During her time at HWS, Emily participated in a faculty-led abroad program to Moscow and St. Petersburg, Russia, was a member of Hai Timiai, a teaching assistant for the Biology Department, and a student worker for Bristol Field House, the Office of the Registrar, and the Provost’s Office. She also enjoyed volunteering as the coordinator of the Geneva Heroes Program and completed a summer of research through the Chemistry Department, studying the effects of endocrine disrupters on Black Nose Dace Fish and presenting her research in Chicago. As an undergrad, Emily interned at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, where she had the opportunity to travel to Arizona and Maryland to present research on the nicotine concentration in hookah tobacco products. Emily joined the admissions team in 2018 and serves as the admissions counselor for students from New Jersey, Northern California, Utah, and Nevada.

"I am extremely grateful for all of the opportunities that Hobart and William Smith have presented me. Having taken full advantage of the Colleges’ tools and resources, I believe HWS has given me the skills to live my life of consequence. I encourage every student to take full advantage of each opportunity presented to them and enjoy their immersion in the beauty and multiplicity of Hobart and William Smith Colleges."

Christine Moloney '17

Assistant Director of Admissions

Christine Moloney
Phone: (315) 781-3730

Christine graduated from William Smith in 2017 with a double major in English and media and society and a minor in Spanish. In the fall of her junior year, Christine studied abroad in Seville, Spain. On campus, she was a member of the HWS sailing team, the club alpine ski team, and the all-female a cappella group, Three Miles Lost.

"Whether it was from a fellow student, or someone from the faculty and staff, I always felt supported in my efforts to grow while at HWS. A student with many interests, I never felt like my opportunities were limited and I was always encouraged to explore different paths. I feel very lucky to have made such deep connections with the people of HWS and Geneva."

Kyle Craig

Assistant Director of Admissions for Visitor Relations

Kyle Craig
Phone: 315-781-3738

Evan Abelson

Admissions IT Coordinator

Evan Abelson Phone: (315) 781-3693

Evan earned is B.A. in environmental studies at Hamilton College in 2016. He originally came to HWS as the William Smith cross country head coach in March of 2017 and joined the admissions team later that year. Evan’s work consists of all things admissions software and technology.


Feel free to contact us individually or e-mail the Office of Admissions if you have any questions.

Mailing address:
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Office of Admissions
629 S. Main St.
Geneva, NY 14456

Phone: (315) 781-3622 or
(800) 852-2256

Fax: (315) 781-3914

International Students and Transfer Students should contact Marylyn O’Hora Uhnak, Director of International and Transfer Recruitment at (315) 781-3750 or

Depending on the time of year, a representative may be in your area visiting high schools, conducting interviews or attending college fairs. You may contact any member of the Office of Admissions with questions via e-mail or phone.


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