Geneva, NY
Hobart William Smith Colleges


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Recent Reviews

Danielle
Describe the students at your school.

30% fake-friendly snobs, 70% good people.

Describe the students at your school.

30% fake-friendly snobs, 70% good people.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

You can certainly follow your heart, take endless personality surverys, and visit campus after campus. But in the end it's perspective that matters. If you have a positive attitude while searching for a school, that attitude will not only win you points in adimissions interview but also help you make the best of whatever situation you end up in. Your disposition will attract other upbeat people, and you will recognize the similarity at the place that is right for you. If you have to transfer, remember the lessons you learned about yourself in the process and move on with a smile. You can change everything in your life with only a change of perspective.

What's unique about your campus?

The quality of the classes that I have taken. Not all are good, but mine have mostly been good.

Ross
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

It sounds cliche, but really the best thing to do once you get on campus is to go broad and sign up and do as many things as ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

It sounds cliche, but really the best thing to do once you get on campus is to go broad and sign up and do as many things as possible. After a while you'll be able to see what you want to continue with and what doesn't fit you but at least you'll ahve friends from all of it. Also, find time to balance schoolwork and social life. College is about an education but it is more than that- you learn so much more outside of the classroom than you would think. Finding the right school is also stressful. For some, they feel it as soon as they walk on the campus. For others like myself they didn't ever get that feeling and it was a choice. Basically I offer this: go with your gut. Don't let money play too large a role in the decision (although it is a huge factor, you usually have about 20 years to pay down student loans). Go with your gut and know that you can always transfer if it just doesn't fit right.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The ridculous times me and my friends have and the quality of the housing

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

getting the run around from the administration, the cost vs. value, and the geographic location in a dead town where we are the constant targets of the local police and there is nothing to do off campus execpt go to bars for 21+ (even the frats are technically on campus and operated by the school)

Gregory
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The division 1 lacrosse team and the infamous "Shooter McGavin" from Happy Gilmore.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

The division 1 lacrosse team and the infamous "Shooter McGavin" from Happy Gilmore.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The biggest mistake parents and students make during the college search is finding and researching schools based on prestige and name. That is NOT why we go to college. My advice to you is to explore colleges that are out of the mainstream. It will enable you to choose a school that best fits the student. I had never heard of HWS until a representative came to my high school. I was considered an "Ivy League" student and throughout the application process and my research, I came to realize the ivy league was not who I am. I was drawn to those schools based on a dream. The only problem was that dream turned out to be pressure most high school students feel rather than my own. When selecting my higher education program, I went with the school that best fit my needs. I strongly encourage you to follow the same.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

If your not into the small student population and want a crazy party school dominated by frats and sororities

Alex
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

visit colleges until you find somthing that feels right then go with it because you can always transfer

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

several of the profesors and the fact that security acts as if they are here to protect the school instead of here to protect the students

Rebecca
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Hobart and William Smith is a small private liberal arts college that welcomes students from all backgrounds and encourages p...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Hobart and William Smith is a small private liberal arts college that welcomes students from all backgrounds and encourages personal and intellectual growth by providing a positive learning and social environment.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would advise parents to be intimately involved in the college search process with their child. It is important to understand the needs and wants of your child when choosing the right college. I would therefore advise parents and students to decide what type of school they are looking for before visiting colleges by considering such characteristics as class sizes, accademic standards, campus activites, available financial resources, social life, distance from home, surrounding community, etc. This requires a fair amount of research to answer these questions. However, by taking into account all of these characteristics you can ensure that the choice that you make is the right one. Once the choice has been made, I would advise students to make the most of their college experience by being open and accepting to change. Entering the college environment can be scary and exciting at the same time. It is important to get involved and experience the resources that your college has to offer you. Many of the relationships made in college both socially and accademically will last a lifetime. Therefore it is important for parents to support their children and encourage them to explore their college environment to the fullest.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

The kind of person that should not attend this school is one that does not want to attend a small private college in a small city. Hobart and William Smith is popular for its small class sizes that provide a lot of one-on-one interaction between professors and their students. It is located in a small city surrounded by rural communities.

Dillon
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

For a small liberal arts college its very athletic and competitive. We're D1 lacrosse, and very competitive in the D3 league...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

For a small liberal arts college its very athletic and competitive. We're D1 lacrosse, and very competitive in the D3 leagues we participate in. It's also a school that's more commonly heard in upper-class (boarding school oriented) families.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Don't worry about not being able to find a school, there's a school for everyone and it'll appear before the search process is done. You may have a rough transition at first, but the most important thing is to stick it out and turn lemons into vodka cocktails and have a good time. Remember you can only go to college once, so don't get hung up on not knowing everyone at first, you'll inevitably find a solid group of friends (or brothers/sisters if you go greek) that will effectively change your life forever, and definately for the better!

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Lack of things to do outside the school. If you were to go to city school, there'd be plenty of bars, clubs, shows, and other interesting things to see and do. Because of our location we're not left with much else to do but drink, party, and study, not that that's a bad thing.

Hannah
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would suggest visiting whatever college interests you. And never refuse to look at a college because of the price. Once ...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would suggest visiting whatever college interests you. And never refuse to look at a college because of the price. Once you are there get involved and meet people. College is an amazing atmosphere where one can excell not only academically but socially. The next 4 years of your life will be a roller coaster ride for sure, but take everything you can from it and learn from the experience,

What kind of person should attend this school?

Someone who apprecaites all of natures seasons. Someone with an open mind who wants to take a variety of classes and isn't scared to speak up. Be involved..you get what you put into it.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

someone who is afraid of taking chances, andi f you hate cold weather

Joshua
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Small, wealthy, with professors that engage students and students that engage students.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Small, wealthy, with professors that engage students and students that engage students.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

To find the right school: Always visit, and go with your gut instinct about the place, don't have to be convinced. Your gut will know more than your brain. Check for what you want, and make sure the schools you're visting have it. If you don't know, go to a liberal arts school, and take everything that piques your interest, you can find what you like most that way. Getting the most of your experience: do everything your freshmen year. It always happens, you take too much on, then sift through to find what you like, it's natural. Do it your first year before you're overwhelmed with major requirements, internships, and graduation. Do everything and talk to everyone, you never know who you might meet. Also live in a dorm if possible, nothing is more enlightening than living with a large group of strangers in a small space.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

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.

matthew
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Beautiful campus, engaging teaching, great environment

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

Beautiful campus, engaging teaching, great environment

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Finding a college is very difficult. It doesn?t matter if the college is ivy league or has division one sports, its about how the college can help you as a student and an individual. Figure out what really makes you happy or what you may become interested in over time, see if the college offers it and it what standing the organization is. I have found the best thing you can do is to fully emerse yourself into the college. I am in an a capella group, varsity crew, a fraternity and am a Resident Assistant. It was not difficult to handle all of these and keep a 3.4 GPA because I loved everything I was doing. Find a place that you love that offers things that you love, and you will love that college or university.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Anyone, you will find your niche

Jennifer
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Ask everything on your mind. Talk to students. Spend the night. Attend a class.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Ask everything on your mind. Talk to students. Spend the night. Attend a class.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

Many professors are not tenured and do not stay for more than a few semesters.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

Some students are admitted merely due to legacy.

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