Hobart and William Smith Colleges


Hobart and William Smith Colleges

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.

Academic Programs

  • Engineering
  • Research
  • Science
  • Technology
  • Liberal Arts
  • Business
  • Education
  • Communication
  • Music
  • Art & Design
  • Economics
  • Government/Political Science
  • Health Science
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Science
  • Visual Arts
  • Architecture

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Greek Life
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


As a first-year applicant, we expect that you have chosen a rigorous high school curriculum and applied your talents to the betterment of your school and community. We’ll carefully review your application, transcript, essay and recommendations. The character you’ve shown through interactions with our counseling staff and the greater HWS community will also be reviewed. Many of the characteristics we value are not well identified through examination of standardized test scores, therefore you will have the option of whether we use those scores (SAT or ACT) when you apply for admission.


Hobart and William Smith welcome applications from qualified students who wish to transfer from two- or four-year institutions, students may be admitted at the beginning of either semester. HWS accepts a maximum of two years of college-level work (up to 16 three-credit-hour courses) from other undergraduate institutions. Only courses in which a student has earned a C or better, or its equivalent, are considered for transfer credit. Transfer credits are used to determine placement in the curriculum and to exempt students from curriculum requirements.

Additional Information

Guided by a 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.

Visit us

Visiting is the best way to learn more about HWS, all while taking in the natural beauty of campus and Seneca Lake. The Office of Admissions is open every Monday through Saturday to welcome you to HWS with very few exceptions. Please call the Office of Admissions at (315) 781-3622 or (800) 852-2256 to learn more about our visit options and to schedule an appointment. You may also register online at https://apply.hws.edu/portal/oh.

“I have been all over this country to speak at colleges and universities, and let me tell you, there is a sense of community at Hobart and William Smith that I have not seen elsewhere.”

John Lewis, U.S. congressman (D-GA) and civil rights activist, HWS convocation speaker
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Admissions office

Visit us

School location

629 South Main Street
Geneva, NY 14456, United States of America

Phone number

(800) 852-2256