Hobart and William Smith Colleges

FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

September 27 – 29, 2019

No specific order here … just some of the questions we hear from you when you are making your plans to return to campus! Do not hesitate to connect with us at the Office of Parent Relations if you need more details.

What should I wear?

Think casual and think college. Dig out those Hobart or William Smith sweatshirts, T-shirts, caps, etc. and get in the spirit. We just love those colorful photo ops!

Homecoming and Family Weekend is generally a casual weekend. Remember that the weather in September can range from 30 to 85 degrees and you should pack and dress accordingly. Even if the forecast is for balmy weather, we suggest packing a jacket or sweatshirt as evenings on the Quad can get chilly-and you want to be prepared in the event that you're inspired to take a sunrise walk along the lake.

Why is there a Registration Fee?

The Homecoming and Family Weekend Registration fee helps to offset the cost of entertainment, speaker programs, refreshments, athletic events and activities such as Fall Nationals, as well as many other extras. Most activities listed on the schedule of events are included at no additional cost, unless otherwise noted. If there is an additional fee, in most cases it covers the cost of the meal being offered.

What is the Refund Policy?

Refund requests must be made via writing or email no later than September 28, and will be issued after Homecoming and Family Weekend.

Where should I stay?

A list of accommodations can be found here.

Assistance on Campus – what is available?

Most campus buildings are handicapped accessible. If you or a member of your family has special health or dietary needs, please indicate this when you complete the registration form so that we may determine how to make your visit most enjoyable.


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