Geneva, NY
Hobart William Smith Colleges


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Recent Reviews

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

Take your time looking at schools. It seems like common sense but it will change the direction of your life. If you are not happy with the schools you were accepted to do not be afraid to take time off and find what is right for you. Spend time on campus and make sure it is worth your time and money. Also, I believe that the most important aspect of coming to college is being ready for the experience. It is an institution that is meant to teach you skills that are essential for the rest of your life and if you are not ready to take full advantage of this then you should take time off before college to figure out exactly what you want to get out of it; be it a social experience or a career track. You will only get one go at this time in your life so don't rush though the process, it will all be worth it when college spits you out the other end into the so-called real world.

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

Money does matter. If you go to a school you can bearly afford, you feel pressured to stay there, even if that school stops ...

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

Money does matter. If you go to a school you can bearly afford, you feel pressured to stay there, even if that school stops being where you want to be. Make the decision that allows you to be most flexible. You will definitely change at college, and your college might not change with you, and you want to be able to go to the best place for YOU.

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

how hypocritical and unresponsive the administration is.

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

I think it is very important for a student to feel an initial comfort and excitement when first walking onto the campus. Figu...

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

I think it is very important for a student to feel an initial comfort and excitement when first walking onto the campus. Figure out in advance if you want to go to a small school with intimate classes, tons of help from the professor and smaller parties or if they would rather enjoy being a number in the classroom and huge parties where you hardly ever see the same people twice. Make sure that the decision is the students and not the parents since the student is attending the college. Think about how much you want greek life to surround your weekends. Realize that you can still love college and have fun even if your not on a varsity team or in a fraternity/sorority.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

fun loving, smart, willing to work hard and play hard

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

the people attending, the oppurtunities provided, the lake, all the vineyards surrounding campus

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

Visit and stay over night in a dorm with other students. That way you can really see what its like there

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

Visit and stay over night in a dorm with other students. That way you can really see what its like there

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

I would go into college willing to be open. Really push yourself to the limit to be as outgoing and friendly to every single...

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

I would go into college willing to be open. Really push yourself to the limit to be as outgoing and friendly to every single person you meet. You never know who you will meet through one person and who eventually will become great friends. I would push yourself even if you find you are not happy because eventually you will find people/ schedule you are more compatible.

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

Small, community oriented college with a friendly home-like atmosphere

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

Small, community oriented college with a friendly home-like atmosphere

Describe the students at your school.

Caring, hardworking, determined individuals who enjoy life and are fully capable of balancing many different interests.

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

It is essential to take into account all of the positives and negatives of each school in question when determining which school to attend. To ensure that the right choice is made for the student it is important to place proportional emphasis on all aspects of the decision making process. Undue emphasis regarding financial decisions, athletic decisions, friends/boyfriends/ girlfriends, although important factors to consider, must not be conducive to the final decision. College is a place to learn not only the subjects of academia but also the subject of self, it is a place to grow and become the person one will be for the rest of their life. In saying this I stress the importance of future. In making the decision about which school to attend it is necessary to imagine how each school can shape the individual in the future regardless of cost, sports recruiting or many of the other irrelevant basis for decision. When it comes down to it, each student must decide for themselves where they feel most comfortable, can achieve their highest goals and are able to balance all of their ideas, interests and desires to become the person that they want to be.

John
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Some of the greatest things about Hobart include: -The beautiful campus -The variety of people -The variety of athletics a...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

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.

Describe the students at your school.

There aren't really groups that I have experienced on campus. The athletic teams tend to stick together, and some ethnic groups stay together. But, generally speaking, there are very fine lines of separation if any at all. A technically oriented, lower class or socially inept student may feel out of place on this campus. Also, someone who chooses not to drink might feel out of place. Most students wear sweatpants and sweatshirts to class during the cold weather. Girls often wear skirts and sun dresses during the warmer weather and men wear anywhere between a shirt and tie with khaki pants to shorts and a t-shirt during the warmer months. Popped collars are not uncommon. In a hypothetical situation of there being four tables of students in the dining hall, one would be a group of guys from an athletic team (either crew or football), another would be a mix of guys and girls that are just there for dinner and laughing, another would be a table of faculty or administrators, and the last table would be filled with a bunch of girls (because the girls tend to stick together sometimes). Most HWS students are from the northeastern United States and are from upper-mid to lower-upper class. Students are politically aware and most seem to be left minded, but there is a fair amount of conservatively minded people to balance. It is not common to hear people talk about their future salary.

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

The student body here is extremely "preppy." J. Crew, Hollister, American Eagle, Banana Republic and Abercrombie and Fitch are just a few of the designer brands that are worn every day on campus. There are students here that come from old money, new money and shit tons of money. There are very few students who come from lower class families. The meal options here are very good. HWS has the kind of atmosphere of an ivy league school without the high expectations associated. The campus is literally gorgeous. The weather in the winter can be rough, but there is not a ton of snow. The worst part about the winter is the wind. The colleges are extremely liberal minded and policies tend to reflect that. No more partying goes on here than at other schools.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

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.

What are the academics like at your school?

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.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

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.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

The stereotypes about HWS students include rich, snobby kids who come from prep schools in New England.

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