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Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Geneva, New York, United States
Located on 320 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.

Bachelor's programmes

Arts, Design & Architecture (6)
Natural Sciences & Mathematics (5)
Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (2)
Journalism & Media (2)
Applied Sciences & Professions (1)
Computer Science & IT (1)
Education & Training (1)



Originally founded as two separate colleges – Hobart College in 1822 and William Smith College in 1908 – Hobart and William Smith Colleges enjoy a rich and unique history that spans nearly 200 years on Seneca Lake. Below is a timeline of the Colleges’ major milestones and events from its foundation until present day.


Hobart and William Smith Colleges are a student-centered learning environment, globally focused, grounded in the values of equity and service, developing citizens who will lead in the 21st century.


Because responsible and ethical conduct of research (RCR) is critical for excellence and for public trust in science, education in RCR is considered essential in the preparation of future scientists and engineers. Consequently, Hobart and William Smith Colleges requires that every undergraduate research student, graduate research student, or post- doctoral researcher complete training. This policy is consistent with current requirements of both the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health, as well as with Section 7009 of the America Creating Opportunities to Meaningfully Promote Excellence in Technology, Education, and Sciences (COMPETES) Act. 


Because Hobart and William Smith recognize how important an internship is in determining career direction, the Colleges have made a bold commitment: For incoming first year students matriculating in the fall of 2014 and beyond, Hobart and William Smith guarantee that students of good academic and social standing who have successfully completed the Pathways Program, will be able to participate in one internship or research opportunity. In most cases, the internship will happen in the summer after the junior year. For summer internships that are unpaid, the Colleges will provide a stipend.

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Student services

Reporting to the dean of faculty and provost, the registrar is responsible for the management of all programs, services, operations and personnell in the Registrar's Office. Matters related to academic policy and procedures. Commencement. FERPA. Academic calendar. Final examination schedule. Member of Academic Affairs Committee. Member of the Committee on Standards. Member of Individual Majors Committee.

Housing services

At Hobart and William Smith, life on campus is shaped and reshaped by students' wide-ranging interests. Whether it's joining a club, crafting an individual major or going for a swim in Seneca Lake, there's no shortage of ways to get involved on campus. Here, you'll discover many ways to pursue both untried and longstanding passions.

Library services

 The new system, which is expected to debut on January 16, is used by more than 850 academic and research libraries worldwide, including the Library of Congress and Cornell University.

ICT services

IT Services is a multi-disciplinary team with expertise in technology, education, operations management, business, and project management. We collaborate with all constituents of the Colleges in finding solutions and services that make the best use of technology and maximize our resources. 

Medical services

The mission of health promotion at Hobart and William Smith Colleges is designed to advance the health of students and contribute to the creation of a healthy and socially just campus community. The Hubbs Health Center strives to reduce the risk of individual illness and injury, enhance health as a strategy to support student learning and advocate for safety, social justice and human dignity. 

Student Life

Campus life

We are dedicated to the vision of service and putting people first. Students, parents, faculty, staff, visitors and members of the Geneva community are our priority. We will always make ourselves available to serve their needs, to go above and beyond and to exceed expectations.

Sports facilities

Nearly all HWS students take advantage of the generous number of recreation programs on campus. With dozens of fitness classes and intramural sports, there are countless chances to work out, have fun or compete.

Student clubs

Student Activities is home to more than 90 organizations, there’s literally something for everyone! On the rare occasion that you can’t find a club that’s perfect for you, we are more than willing to help you start your own.

Geneva, New York, United States