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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.



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.


With 45 majors and 68 minors, students have plenty of opportunities for exploration. All majors, except those marked with an asterisk, can also be pursued as minors.


Since its beginning in 1987, Hobart and William Smith's Undergraduate Summer Research Program has supported summer scholars who work side-by-side with a faculty research mentor. In doing so, students experience the rigors and joys of research in the sciences and social sciences, gain laboratory experience that will be vital to their future careers, and benefit from the guidance of experienced faculty mentors.


Hobart and William Smith recognize just how instrumental an internship can be in determining career direction. To ensure HWS students have access to these important professional learning opportunities, the Colleges have made a bold commitment. Hobart and William Smith guarantee that students of good academic and social standing who successfully complete the Pathways Program will be able to participate in at least one internship or research opportunity. In most cases, the experience will take place during the summer after the junior year. For unpaid internship and research opportunities, the Colleges will provide a stipend.

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Student services

The Office of Student Activities is your one-stop shop for getting involved at HWS! We work hard to provide a calendar full of exciting programs and events for the entire campus.

Housing services

  • First-year students and their roommates are paired up based on information provided in the roommate questionnaire and on their first-year seminar. We try to bring together students with similar interests and living habits, but we also ask that you be open to and respectful of difference. Remember that every person is different. What seems normal to you may be foreign to your roommate. 
  • Off-Campus Housing 

Library services

Warren Hunting Smith Library

  • Archives & Manuscripts
  • Books
  • Honors & Masters Papers
  • Digital Collections

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

  • For medical assistance after hours and on Saturdays and Sundays, call Campus Safety or go to FLH Urgent Care in Geneva or Geneva General Hospital Emergency Room.
  • Our clinical and support staff are committed to guide you with your journey of health and wellness during your years here at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.  

Student Life

Campus life

Our 188-acre main campus is comprised of 100 administrative and residential buildings and approximately 1.44 million square feet of cleaned and maintained building space. Ancillary to the campus are the 108-acre Henry W. Hanley Biological Field Station and Preserve and The William Scandling, a floating research laboratory.

Sports facilities

  • Boswell Field at David J Urick Stadium
  • Bozzuto Boathouse
  • Bristol Field House
  • Bristol Gym
  • Bristol Pool
  • Caird Center
  • Clifton Springs Country Club
  • The Cooler
  • Cozzens Field
  • Elliott Varsity House
  • Hellstrom Boathouse
  • HWS Tennis Center
  • McCooey Field
  • RFK Varsity Strength Training Center
  • Seneca Lake State Park Cross Country Course
  • Smith Squash Center
  • Stiles Field at the Thomas B. Poole '61 and Family Sports Dome
  • William Smith Field
  • Winn-Seeley Gymnasium

Student clubs

  • Chi Phi Fraternity 
  • Delta Chi Fraternity
  • Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity 
  • Theta Delta Chi Fraternity 
  • Theta Phi Alpha Sorority 
  • Kappa Alpha Society 
  • Kappa Sigma Fraternity 

Geneva, New York, United States


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