Geneva, NY
Hobart William Smith Colleges


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Recent Reviews

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

Having been accepted to a large city school (BU) and a small upstate NY school (HWS) I am glad I chose the later. The small ...

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

Having been accepted to a large city school (BU) and a small upstate NY school (HWS) I am glad I chose the later. The small class size and tight community here creates an ideal enviornment for learning and bonding. I love this school but really need the scholarship money as the economy crashes and college prices soar. When looking for a college, one should focus on the campus and people when visiting and ask themselves if they would feel comfortable at that institution. I am so happy with my choice of school and hope I have enough money to get through the last years.

What's unique about your campus?

The campus and people.

Tatiana
Describe the students at your school.

There are a few that i could do without but they add to my learning experience. Their experiences, knowledge and lack of know...

Describe the students at your school.

There are a few that i could do without but they add to my learning experience. Their experiences, knowledge and lack of knowledge challenge me to think more.

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

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,

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

I would take into account the present financial state of the nation in deciding whether to stay in-state or find a school out of state. If the student really wants to leave the state, realize that with that decision comes extra baggage. Most schools financial aid packages will only partially cover tuition, the government grants and or loans but that little chunk that is left is hard to manage (especially if you aren't a resident of that state). That being said, encourage them to look carefully through all the schools in the entire state, don't restrict them to a certain part. And ask them where they could see themselves being for the next four years. Looking for a college is not about how many frats it has or parties, but does the school offer your major. How willing are they to let you make a major as you go( or change a major)? Ideally your college experience will cultivate a better YOU and thus the YOU from freshmen year will not be the same YOU that walks across the stage at commencement(graduation) with your teary-eyed family members and friends watching you from their seats.

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

Make sure that when you visit the school, dont just take the campus tour and then be on your way. Get a little more in depth....

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

Make sure that when you visit the school, dont just take the campus tour and then be on your way. Get a little more in depth. Talk to the students attending there and get their input on the campus and how life is. Visit the town and see how it is and if it has the essentials; grocerys, apothecary, fast food, liquor store, movie store. Also check to see if there are interesting things to do in the area. College is not only about learning a new trade, ist about learning who you are and how you are going to live your life and if the school you are going to does not cater to those needs then its not the right place for you. Find your niche and have fun.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Sombody who loves abercrombie and polo and has no problem spending all of their free time either working or at the frats

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

Go with your gut, and don't listen to what other people try to push you towards. You will feel it if you're supposed to be on...

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

Go with your gut, and don't listen to what other people try to push you towards. You will feel it if you're supposed to be on that campus. Parents: Let your kids decide on their own! They're 18; they're grown-ups, they can do it. Once on campus, prepare to be overwhelmed. That's normal. You aren't going to love it right away, most likely. But don't be afraid to ask for help--counseling services are there for a reason, and it can help you start to love where you are.

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

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.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Liberal, mainstream, academically-minded, likes small classes, wants close professor-student relationships, wants to feel like part of a close community, those who want to teach

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

This was the only small school I ended up applying to and in the end that is what I decided I wanted.

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

This was the only small school I ended up applying to and in the end that is what I decided I wanted.

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

Vist schools before you even apply. While you can learn a lot about the school from information packets, from other people, and even just on line, nothing compairs to going and literally getting the feel of the campus. Also, don't be too quick to rule places out. I never thought I would go to a school out of state and I am now on the other side of the country. Once you are in a school get to know your roommate. This is the person you will be spending a great deal of time with over the first year and if you are willing to give them a chance you just might find a new best friend, at least I did. And I know everyone says this but it is true, GET INVOLVED!! There is always something to do on a college campus so go meet new people and try new things, it will make the adjustment to living on your own much easier if you have something fun to do. Finally take advatage of every opportunity you are given. While it may not always be easy go abroad, do the internship, learn everything you can, and have fun.

What's unique about your campus?

The small classes are wonderful and it is amazing to live so close to such a beautiful lake. Also, the professors are amazing. They are always available to help their students and get to know them outside of class.

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

Definitely visit the schools you are interested in. There is no way to tell what school you will fit in just by learning abo...

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

Definitely visit the schools you are interested in. There is no way to tell what school you will fit in just by learning about it online. Attend the school that you feel most comfortable at and have strong programs in academic fields in which you are interested. Find a school that has a strong study-abroad program - it is a once in a lifetime opportunity that could greatly impact your life in a positive way. Don't go to a school based on its prestige - it's not necessarily important where you graduate from, but how you you perform and live your undergraduate life while you're there.

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

The best advice I recieved was: be willing to attend any of the schools you apply to. Your safety school might be your only o...

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

The best advice I recieved was: be willing to attend any of the schools you apply to. Your safety school might be your only option so make it a good one. Also, it is optimal to attend a school in which you won't be the dumbest in your classes or the smartest. You want the experience to be challenging, but not overwhelming. Do not stress too much throughout the process. You should take the time to explore yourself and decide what best suits you.

What kind of person should attend this school?

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.

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

Under the guidence of President Mark Gearan, HWS is career focused and cares deeply for their students.

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

Under the guidence of President Mark Gearan, HWS is career focused and cares deeply for their students.

Describe the students at your school.

The majority of my classmates come from liberal wealthy families that pressure their children to continue their education and be sucessful and the majority of their students want to be their; they are focused and inteligent.

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

Visit colleges that you are interested and listen to the students. If you know what you would like to study, get to speak with a professor in you interested field. Check out ratemyprofessors.com too! College is almost always scary your freshman year, so think about speaking with upperclassman.

Libby
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Small school offering a strong liberal arts education.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Small school offering a strong liberal arts education.

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

Parents might find it helpful to understand that their son or daughter is the one attending the school, and so the decision, and the decision-making process, should be primarily left to him/her. Letting go like this is of course scary, for both the parent and the student, but it gives the student a sense of responsibility over his/her life, and it allows the student to feel confident in his/her ability to make decisions. Parents can and should, of course, still play an important role in the helping the student find what he/she wants in a school. Students should try to remember that college is more than an education; it is a community one must be a part of for the duration of studies. Therefore, it is important to really know what a school is offering. Finding the right college is much like buying a car: you don't just purchase a vehicle, you look inside, check out its history, and take it for a test drive. Researching schools is much the same. It's important to be thourough and deliberate, and at the end of the day, make a decision of which you are proud!

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

Very little ethnic and racial diversity.

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  • 2,262
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $51,559
  • Acceptance rate
  • 58%

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