It’s Going to be Fun,
by the Way.

Imagine spending four years surrounded by Statesmen and Herons (that’s what we call ourselves here) — the fun, smart, inspiring people who will be your adoptive family and constant companions.

Lake Effects

Continue your voyage on the longest and the deepest of the Finger Lakes with stupidly beautiful views.

Flex your acting chops at the stunning Gearan Center for the Performing Arts. Join The Executives hip-hop dance team. Learn fly fishing. Because, why not? Step beyond your own experience through events at the IC (our beloved Center for Intercultural Affairs).

Where there’s more opportunity in any given day than you’d ever be able to grab, but where you also can’t go wrong.

The Colleges are a place where classmates have your back and cheer you on. Where competition is reserved for the court or playing field (or lake, if you are water-inclined). Where the teams are really good (have you heard of Ali Marpet?) and the fans are really loud (have you heard of earplugs?).

Where there’s more opportunity in any given day than you’d ever be able to grab, but where you also can’t go wrong. Because all of it is interesting. (And all of it is here for you.)

Whoever you are and whatever your path, you’re always in sight of our beautiful lake — the perfect complement to the excitement on the shore and a constant reminder of your inspiring horizons and endless potential.

HWS Offers

  • 90+ student-run clubs and organizations
  • On-campus centers for cultural support and exploration
  • 23 varsity teams with plans for 35 and dozens of intramural sports
  • A thriving, residential community where students live on campus all four years
  • A lakefront campus with stupidly beautiful views

 

Don’t be fooled by our bucolic setting. There’s never a dull moment at HWS.

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With Many Paths

 

  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges

    Student-LifeMeshanic '25 Reflects on First Year at HWS

    Rising sophomore Carter Meshanic ’25 reflects on his first year at HWS where he decided to major in Spanish and Psychology.

  • Holly McCarty '25

    Student-LifeMcCarty ’25 Reflects on First Year at HWS

    While exploring everything HWS has to offer academically, Holly McCarty ’25 has grounded herself in community and joined several clubs including PLEN and the Day of Service team.

  • Jadon Layne '25

    STEMFinding Autonomy: Layne ’25 Reflects on First Year at HWS

    During his first year at the Colleges, Jadon Layne ’25 jumped right in to preparing for medical school. He declared a major in biochemistry, joined the HWS EMS squad and started a position with sports medicine on campus.

CAMPUS RESOURCESYOUR SUCCESS IS OUR PRIORITY

The faculty, administration and students of HWS take an all-hands-on-deck, community-based approach to advising, mentoring, tutoring, applauding and supporting each other. Because we're at our best when all of us are thriving and everyone has a place to belong.

  • CAMPUS LIFE

    Connect with all the resources needed to live in community with peers, learn from world-class faculty, and engage with staff ready to help in your transition.

  • CAMPUS HOUSING

    Enjoy life in a warm and welcoming, busy and electric 100%-residential campus community.

  • ACTIVITIES AND ORGANIZATIONS

    Join or lead one (or more) of our 90+ student-run clubs and organizations or start a new one.

  • Athletics

    Compete on one of our 23 NCAA teams (men’s lacrosse is Division I; the rest are Division III). Twelve more sports are being added over the next few years.

  • INTERCULTURAL AFFAIRS

    Contribute to initiatives and dialogues that build belonging, celebrate diversity and expand social justice.

  • RECREATION

    Stay healthy and balanced by choosing among an array of activities, fitness classes, intramural sports and campus events. And go jump in a lake!

  • DINING

    Choose among a variety of healthy, delicious, on-campus dining options including the Cellar Pub and Au Bon Pain.

  • SUSTAINABILITY

    Drawing clean energy from 20 acres of solar panels, the Colleges are on track to meet a goal of carbon neutrality by 2025.

  • FIRST GENERATION INITIATIVE

    This program provides resources, programming and support for first-generation students and families.

  • LGBTQ+ Resource Center

    Build community in an environment that values and affirms the identities of LGBTQIA+ students, faculty and staff while also creating opportunities for allyship.

  • Counseling Center

    Whether it’s a class to reduce anxiety or stress, or a one-on-one counseling session, a network of peers and professionals are ready to support your journey.

  • SPIRITUAL ENGAGEMENT

    Celebrate and learn more about your religion and the faith traditions of those around you.

  • MINDFULNESS

    Blend your coursework and co-curricular activities with your mindfulness practice.

  • HUBBS HEALTH CENTER

    Urgent care, reproductive health and psychiatric services are available to keep your health on track.