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Founded in 1822, Hobart William Smith Colleges. is a Private college. Located in New York, which is a city setting in New York, the campus itself is Town. The campus is home to 2,262 full time undergraduate students, and 9 full time graduate students.
The Hobart William Smith Colleges Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 10:1. There are 202 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Hobart William Smith Colleges include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at HWS are considered Selective, with ,29% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 13 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
93% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 72% were in the top quarter, and 35% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Hobart William Smith Colleges.
73 Students rated on-campus housing 3.8 stars. 22 % gave the school a 5.0.
47 Students rated off-campus housing 3.2 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
73 Students rated campus food 3.1 stars. 10 % gave the school a 5.0.
73 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 37 % gave the school a 5.0.
73 Students rated class size 4.6 stars. 66 % gave the school a 5.0.
73 Students rated school activities 4 stars. 40 % gave the school a 5.0.
73 Students rated local services 4 stars. 34 % gave the school a 5.0.
73 Students rated academics 3.7 stars. 29 % gave the school a 5.0.
11 Students rated Hobart William Smith Colleges
HWS feels like home to me. The campus is beautiful, the buildings full of history and vibrancy and life. The professors and faculty are wonderful, valuable mentors who genuinely care about their students and about giving us the tools to lead lives of consequence.
What I really love is how interdiscipinary study is encouraged and how you can find at least one class you want to take in any department no matter what your major is because there's such a broad range of subjects that are taught. I love my school.
This was my dream school and couldn't wait to apply, during what was my last semester at Genesee Community College (Fall 2018). After requesting information from the website, I was instantly paired with Marilyn O'hara Uhnak (Associate Vice President and Director of International Enrollment and Success). Ms. Uhnak instructed that I submit all the necessary documentation through their portal—as well as scheduling a date to both tour the campus and meet with her.
On the day I was scheduled to meet with Ms. Uhnak, I entered the admissions hall and immediately—I felt uncomfortable. As a person of color walking into that setting, I instantly recieved a blank stares and the quick once-over—as if the staff hadn't expected me to be there (despite my formal attire).
After my tour, I was finally able to meet with Ms. Uhnak and she was pleasant—at first. I am unsure if I did well in my interview or not, but needless to say, she hadn't reached out to me via email—like she said, she would. After a few days, I I still hadn't recieved neither a phone call or email from her or the office. I tried reached out to her multiple times and still no response. I even checked the Hobart and William Smith portal and it hadn't declared whether or not I was accepted—despite my submission of all the requred documents.
Since then (Fall 2018), I hadn't pressed the issue nor did I try to file a complaint. Then, I figured that if they treated me that way, I can just imagine how I would be treated as a student—I counted it as a blessing in disguise. Moving forward, I hope that a student of color would read this review and reconsider attending colleges as such. At the time, I was so swoon over the offered majors and activities that I didn't do the necessary research on diversity and equity. Don't let that be you.
I attended HWS for my freshman year of college and am very unhappy I did. The admissions offices sells you a wholesome well-rounded school that will leave you as a student who can "lead a life of consequences", but in reality that is a marketing scheme. HWS academics are supposed to make you a well-rounded student, but all they make you is aggravated because you can never get into a class you want or that aligns with your major. This is due to the terrible registration process and the fact that teachers do not care if you get into the class you need or not (I even knew seniors who were having trouble getting into classes). Moreover, every class discussion has to touch upon the topic of race or gender. We can never just learn math or science or learn something that will have a real world application, we always have to go back to the "elephant in the room" of race and gender so that by the time class is over you are not sure what you learned. Residential life is also terrible because there is a huge drug and partying culture on campus. I came to college thinking I would have to deal with some of this around me, but not as much as I had to deal with. Not only on a daily basis were kids drinking, smoking cigarettes (both E-cigs and real ones), but also were always smoking pot and doing harder drugs. I kept away from basically everyone on my floor after 5 pm each night. HWS is also in the middle of no where so if you ever want to get a nice meal on the weekends there is only one overpriced place in downtown Geneva and then a few other places about 30-60 min away. The lack of any fun things to do in Geneva and on campus I think leads to more and more students turning to drugs in their free time. The food on campus also is terrible. Nothing is real and it all hurt my stomach. I lost 7 pounds (an unhealthy 7 pounds) within the first month of school because I simply could not eat the food on campus. And Res Ed is not very helpful when it comes to getting you a better roommate or a food accommodation plan. HWS says they want to help you, but in reality they want to make money.
Overall I believe it is a great college with some pretty incredible people and wonderful staff and faculty. There are of course a few unsavory people, but then again what school doesn't have those? People are generally nice and we only deal in good vibes.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Hobart William Smith Colleges is 57%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
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A wide variety of interests, perspectives and intellect, but all fairly friendly and open to conversation.
Someone who likes big classes and wants to blend into the crowd or is very job-oriented will not fit in here. Also, the LGBT community is fairly small.
The beautiful campus. The Quad is huge and there are always people on it. The campus is right on a lake that I wouldn't trade for anything.
My school is beautiful, full of friendship, and full of surprises.
A lot of drinking goes on so if you're not cool with that it can be hard to find people to hang out with. It is possible, but it just takes a longer time, and I felt very lonely at the beginning of freshman year.
As a girl, you must be comfortable being in a male dominated social structure. Since, there are only fraternities and no sororities, all big parties are ran by men. In other words, all big parties call for girls to dress slutty. A girl must come to HWS confident and not willing to fall into the traps of Hobart men.
The small campus, more attention on me, I love it. I dont have to wait weeks to see a professor but that can also be a bad thing if you want to avoid them,
classes are very small, and the professors actually care about your learning.
how hypocritical and unresponsive the administration is.
It's very politically apathetic, with a disdain toward liberal politics from the administration and many students. Desires to be more enviromentally minded, but had difficulty doing so. The students are all mostly of one type: white, rich, uncaring, and conservative.
Many students here come from wealthy families and wear expensive clothes. Many also come from prep schools and a great amount come from New England, but the stereotype unfairly groups all students. There are a fair amount of students here from lower-mid to upper-low class families.
It is not uncommon to meet professors for coffee or at their office hours and I have done so on several occasions.
HWS's academic requirements are reasonable, but I feel that the ability to achieve a 4.3 as opposed to a 4.0 is an elemtentary move. I feel that it would be difficult to take someone seriously who had a 4.3 under GPA on their resume. Also, it is often times difficult to pull your GPA up if you did poorly in a class that you thought that you would need but it later turns out that it has nothing to do with your major.
The education here is geared towards learning and not necessarily towards a job whereas at Clarkson, EVERYTHING was geared towards graduation and getting a job.
Just about all groups are equally popular. Athletics are very popular here and student government is also important.
In my experience, students tend to leave their doors unlocked, and there is a policy of being welcome at any time, but the doors automatically close and thus need to be proped in order to stay open.
Athletic events and guest speakers are extremely popular on campus. There are deep rivalries with several schools and those games are always well attended. HWS has the ability to bring very accomplished speakers to campus and the talks are well attended. Certain theatre events on campus are very popular, while others are on the rise.
The dating scene is almost non-existent on campus and "hook-ups" tend to be popular. The student body is very social.
Some of my closest friends are the people that I live with. First years at HWS are often put into housing that causes them to be with two if not three other people. The community feeling is enhanced as certain dorm buildings are small. This causes you to get to know a variety of people, and you grow close to them.
If I am awake at 2am on a tuesday, chances are good that I am writing a paper. The days here are too nice to waste, so work tends to be put off until the night hours.
People party every weekend. Partying is very common on this campus, as it is on every campus. There is an 18+ club in Geneva that is a popular haunt for HWS students. People say that you have to be drunk in order to enjoy it. Partying on Wednesday night is common as well, though most students do not do this every week if they do it at all. Fraternities are popular on campus and a great deal of parties are held at these houses. There are no sororities on campus to my knowledge.
Last weekend I went to the lacrosse game with my friends and roommates on friday night. Saturday, during the day, I worked on a paper. And on saturday night, I went out with my roommates and a few of our other friends to just unwind before reading week.
There are very often activites such as open mic nights and other things for students who don't drink, but there aren't too many options really.
The stereotypes about HWS students include rich, snobby kids who come from prep schools in New England.
Some of the greatest things about Hobart include:
-The beautiful campus
-The variety of people
-The variety of athletics and intramural activities
-It's environmental awareness
-The personable faculty
-The small class sizes
If I could change one thing, it would be the presence of academic goals. At a liberal arts college, the goals tend to cause students to take bull-shit classes just because the goals tell them to. They often lower the student's gpa and tends not to diversify the student as they are closed minded to and generally pissed off about the class.
I believe that Hobart is just the right size, but some say that it is too small as you often are forced to see people on a regular basis that you really don't want to see.
Often times, when they hear that I attend HWS, people say that they have never heard of it.
I spend most of my time in my room or doing things involving football, but that is not typical
of a student here. When the weather is nice, students spend all day playing Frisbee or enjoying the sun on the quad. There are myriad talks to go to regarding almost anything that you could be interested in too.
Geneva is definitely a college town and the economy thrives on the presence of the college students. There is not a ton to do, but most large chains are present. Geneva is close to several larger areas, including Rochester, Syracuse and Ithaca.
The administration here is extremely involved with the students. As a transfer student from Clarkson University, though, I found that the financial aid department was not quite as personable as at other institutions.
There is a great amount of school pride on campus. The turn out for sports is always great and school apparel is warn with extreme frequency.
At HWS, there is a divide between Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Though we share the same campus, classes, dorms, etc.., we are technically two separate schools. We have deans of Hobart and deans of William Smith. Also, we have separate student governments. The men's athletic teams are the Hobart Statesmen and the women's teams are the William Smith Herons. But, this is about as far as the separation goes.
The most frequent student complaint is the cost of attendance.
Total Undergrad Enrollment
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All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA.
Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
92% of students
attending Hobart William Smith Colleges receive some sort of financial aid.
17% were awarded federal grants.
While 57% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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Room and Board
Total On Campus
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