Dear Parents,

Congratulations and welcome to the Hobart and William Smith community.

As the Director of Parent Programs, I look forward to working with you over the course of your student’s HWS career. As a parent with a kid in college, I understand the pride, excitement and, yes, even the anxiety that you are likely feeling right now.

Over the next four years, your student will face challenges, explore new interests and grow as a person. You have placed your trust in Hobart and William Smith, and we intend to honor that trust by supporting your student during every step of that process. Our goal is to ensure that your student leaves us with the tools necessary to be successful.

Your student’s first experience at HWS, Orientation, will take place from Sunday, Aug. 18 – Sunday, Aug. 25. Programming for families will also take place on Sunday, Aug. 18, connecting you to resources across campus. 

I am available throughout the summer at (315) 781-4068 or You or your student may also contact our student-run Orientation staff at or (315) 781-3041.

Again, please accept my congratulations and warm welcome.


Jennifer Murray
Director of Parent Programs

Please visit the Parents and Families webpage for more information and updates.

Throughout your child's HWS experience, we will be contacting you primarily through mail and e-mail. To ensure that we have the most up to date contact information please complete our Directory Information Form or notify our office of any changes to your contact information at