Hobart & William Smith Colleges

Curriculum Focus: Heavy in academic writing and critical thinking.

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About HWS Located on 195 acres in the heart of New York State’s Finger Lakes Region, Hobart and William Smith are independent liberal arts colleges distinctive for providing highly individualized educations. Guided by an interdisciplinary curriculum grounded in exploration and rigor, the Colleges prepare students to think critically.

In partnership with the Geneva and global communities and through robust programs in career development, study-abroad, service, leadership and athletics, the Colleges foster an environment that values global citizenship, teamwork, ethics, inclusive excellence, and cultural competence.

Under the mentorship of faculty, Hobart and William Smith students gain the necessary clarity to be competitive when seeking employment. They win prestigious fellowships like the Rhodes, Gates Cambridge, Udall, Fulbright and Goldwater. They gain admittance to the best graduate programs in the country. They go on to lead lives of consequence.

The Coordinate Tradition The Colleges enjoy a rich heritage based on a two-college system rooted in interdisciplinary teaching and research. Originally founded as two separate colleges (Hobart for men in 1822 and William Smith for women in 1908), HWS now operates under a coordinate college system. All students share the same campus, faculty, administration and curriculum. Each college maintains its own traditions, deans, student government and athletic department, giving students additional leadership opportunities.

Students 2,396
Undergraduate students
Faculty: 228
Full-time  Student-Faculty Ratio: 11:1
Average Class Size: 18 students

Degrees Offered: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Master of Arts in Teaching

Study Abroad: Nearly 60 percent of HWS students study abroad in nearly 50 locations around the world

Alumni & Alumnae: More than 21,000 worldwide

Students who discuss classwork with a professor outside of class: 96%  

Classes taught by teaching assistants: 0%  

Students hail from: 41 states and 34 countries  

Number of languages spoken on campus: More than 50

Number of languages spoken by Dean of Hobart College Eugen Baer: 13

Hobart & William Smith Colleges

288 Pulteney Street

Geneva, New York, 14456

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"The primary objective of The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) is to help provide a broad range of services to the student, who because of academic and economic circumstances, would otherwise be unable to attend college, yet has the potential and desire to obtain a college degree. HEOP is sponsored jointly by the State Education Department and the College."

"HEOP is funded jointly by the University and the New York State Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program and programming activities are supported, in part, by a grant from the New York State Education Department."