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.

  • pond

    Tuesday, December 6, 2022 | ALL DAYFinal Examinations

    Final examinations for the 2022 fall semester.

  • Provenzano Student Art Gallery

    Wednesday, December 7, 2022 | ALL DAYPerception

    The exhibition is the second to occur in the new Provenzano Student Art Gallery. It will contain over 20 artworks of various mediums (painting, sculpture, installation, photography) by current HWS students. The work was selected after a call for art was distributed by the Provenzano Gallery student staff. The theme of that call was "Perception," so the works are each a unique take on that prompt. The Gallery is fully run by student interns: Gretchen Warner, Jimmy Cherry, Sophia Velto, Arielys Antonio, Cori Chapman, & Adriana Croce. They circulated the call, selected the artworks, and will design and install the exhibition. 

  • economics

    Wednesday, December 7, 2022 | 8:30 AMPoster Session and Reception for Econometrics

    The Economics Department will be hosting a poster session and reception for our Econometrics (Econ 304) students.  Please stop by the Common Room on Wednesday December 7th from 8:30-10:30. There will be breakfast! 

    Econometrics is our capstone course where students learn regression analysis and how to use Stata- a statistical software program.  They design and implement their own research projects with publicly available data. 

  • Norman Kent

    Wednesday, December 7, 2022 | 9:30 AMExhibit: Norman Kent: Carving a Path

    Curated by Lizzy Nafz '24
    Reception: Thursday, Nov. 10, 5-7 p.m.
    The Solarium Gallery at Houghton House

    Carving a Path features the works of artist Norman Kent. In 1933, Kent was appointed the first and only Studio Art faculty member at Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Over the course of his ten-year career at HWS, he helped build the arts department while creating a vast body of images capturing the beauty of the campus grounds and surrounding Geneva community. This exhibition traces a history of Kent’s time in Geneva as illustrated in a selection of his many woodcut prints and watercolor paintings, offering the viewer a unique lens through which to view a vital moment of this region’s past.

    Carving a Path was created in partnership with Historic Geneva whose work with the exhibition’s curator, Lizzy Nafz, began with an internship in Summer 2022. Many of the artworks and documents on display are on loan from Historic Geneva as well as the HWS Archive. Special thanks to John Marks, Becky Chapin, and Tricia McEldowney for their support.

    Solarium Gallery Hours:
    9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday
    1-3 p.m. Saturday
    Closed during holidays.

  • Tucker

    Wednesday, December 7, 2022 | 9:30 AMExhibit: The Future I Fear is Coming


    Leslie Tucker 
    November 10-December 10, 2022
    Opening Reception November 10, 5-7 pm

    These works explore how we respond intrinsically to our environment, exploring how we evolve into who we become according to what society demands from us over time. In the exhibition "the future i fear is coming,” history folds into the present, transitioning into the tale of a future potentially post-apocalyptic society. Jean Baudrillard's observations from “The Illusion of the End” (1992) in which he observes that “post-apocalyptic narratives necessarily imply that any present status quo must be understood as temporary,” firmly address the inevitability of impermanence. The idea that our current circumstances are permanent is a mirage: this reality can be disrupted at any moment. 

    Image: I am the First and I am the Last, 2015, photo-composite printed on Endura Metallic chromogenic paper, 49 x 50 in

  • study break

    Wednesday, December 7, 2022 | 10:00 AMStudy Break

    To: Students Needing A Break
    From: Your Friends at Campus Life

    Tuesday, 12/6 from 1-3 p.m
    Hot Cocoa and Coffee

    Wednesday, 12/7 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Bagels and Muffins

    Thursday, 12/8 from 10 a.m.-12 p.m.
    Hot Cocoa and Coffee


Campus StoriesOne Campus

With Many Paths


  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges

    AthleticsGoldman brings Colorado-Style to HWS Sailing

    From Colorado to Seneca Lake, Elijah Goldman ’26 shares his journey to HWS sailing.

  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges

    ArtsBiggest HWS Club-hosted Event of the Year

    This semester, more than 100 students took center stage for the Kinetic Dance Collective’s annual fall showcase.

  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges

    Student-LifeExpect the Unexpected

    HWS Theatre will open the 2022-23 season on Nov. 3 with Too Much Light Makes the Baby Go Blind (30 Plays in 60 Minutes) by Greg Allen.


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.


    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.


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


    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.


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


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


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


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


    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.


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


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


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