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Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Geneva, NY
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. Men graduate from Hobart College. Women graduate from William Smith College. Its 200-acre combined campus is located in Geneva.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 2,262
   Women 1,142 (50.5%)
   Men 1,120 (49.5%)
Graduate Students 9
Entrance Difficulty Very difficult
Overall Admission Rate 60% of 4,614 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered Yes
Regular Admission Deadline February 1
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.47
SAT Math 624 average
580-670 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 624 average
580-680 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 28 average
26-30 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests     X  
Essay   X    
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $66,683
  Tuition and Fees $51,523
  Room and Board $13,050
Average Percent of Need Met 82%
Average Freshman Award $35,738
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 223
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 28% of classes
10-19 students: 37% of classes
20-29 students: 26% of classes
30-39 students: 7% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
Geneva Population 13,199
Nearest Metropolitan Area Rochester, Syracuse
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 100% of freshmen, 90% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division III
Mascot Statesmen (Hobart); Herons (William Smith)
Fraternities 15% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.5% American Indian/Alaskan Native
3.8% Asian
6.4% Black/African-American
5.8% Hispanic/Latino
0.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
77.2% White
7.2% Unknown
International Students 6.9% from 26 countries
First-Year Students Returning 85.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 72.5%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 78%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 15.0%