Orientation 2020 will take place for all new students from Thursday, Aug. 20 through Sunday, Aug. 23. Students should plan to be occupied for the majority of each day. Sessions will primarily be offered digitally, with some opportunities to meet in small groups of no more than 8 people. The student schedule runs through Sunday.

  • Each morning will begin with an overview of the day with the Orientation Coordinators (OCs).
  • Time will be dedicated each day for students to meet with their Orientation Mentor (OM) in a small group, either remotely or in-person following social distancing protocols.
  • Social programs will be offered each evening that include in-person and digital options for students.

A daily remote session and activity to complete on your own will also be offered Monday, Aug. 17 through Wednesday, Aug. 19. Students should plan to attend these sessions whether they are on or off campus. Detailed information is available below. If you have any questions, contact the Orientation Coordinators at (315) 781-3041 or orientation@hws.edu.

New students can access the Orientation schedule along with links for digital sessions by logging into your Orientation Portal.

First-years and transfers should log in using their HWS username and password.

  • Navigate to your "Get Started" task. You will find a new module called "August Orientation"
  • There you will find the schedule for each day that includes the links to log into sessions.
  • We have also included instructions on how to download Zoom and log into a meeting. This will be useful throughout the weekend and beyond.

Monday, Aug. 17

On Your Own Activity: HWS Campus Scavenger Hunt
Utilize the HWS website to answer questions about the history of the Colleges.
Location: “Get Started” Task, Orientation Portal

Digital Session: Welcome from the Deans
Meet the Hobart Deans and William Smith Deans to familiarize yourself with resources to help you be successful over the next four years.

Tuesday, Aug. 18

On Your Own Activity: Geneva Community BINGO
Learn about your new home in the City of Geneva. Familiarize yourself with local points of interest, community partners, and the Finger Lakes!
Location: "Get Started" Task, Orientation Portal

Digital Session: Welcome from Career Services
Meet the Career Services team and learn how they will help you navigate your way on your career pathway!

Wednesday, Aug. 19

On Your Own Activity: Q&A with the Orientation Coordinators (OCs)
Have your last minute questions answered before you embark on your college journey!

Digital Session: Staying Healthy at HWS
Learn how you will navigate campus with proper social distancing, face masks, and healthy practices. You will now be part of a community effort to keep HWS and Geneva safe.

Thursday, Aug. 20

Orientation Begins!

Full Schedule for Orientation 2020

Arrive on Campus, Report to Check-In Location
To facilitate a smooth check-in, Hobart and William Smith strongly recommends that all students and no more than 2 guests arrive during your scheduled check in time and day.

Breakfast Bag delivered to residence hall rooms
Location: Residence Halls
Time: 7:45 – 8:30 a.m.

Daily Orientation Overview with your OCs
Join the OCs as they provide an overview to the day and answer your questions!

*All students are expected to wear their orientation nametag at all times during Orientation. Find your OM group # on your nametag to help you follow the Orientation schedule. Be sure to wear your facemask and practice social distancing throughout the weekend.

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