#14 Best Private Colleges in New York

Hobart William Smith Colleges

Geneva, New York

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Hobart William Smith Colleges overview
Location Geneva, New York
Online hws.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Distant Town
Hobart William Smith Colleges overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Hobart and William Smith Colleges, located in Geneva, New York, are private liberal arts institutions set against the backdrop of Seneca Lake, contributing to a picturesque campus environment. The colleges offer a highly collaborative educational experience with a student-to-faculty ratio that encourages personalized learning. Founded as two separate colleges for men (Hobart) and women (William Smith) in 1822 and 1908 respectively, they now operate as a coordinate system sharing faculty, resources, and a singular campus. Hobart and William Smith are known for their robust programs in international relations, public policy, and environmental studies among others. With a selective admissions process, the colleges attract a diverse student body seeking an immersive academic environment. The residential campus ensures that the majority of students reside on campus in a variety of housing options, fostering close-knit academic and social communities. While athletics are part of the campus life, the colleges are recognized for more than just their sports programs.

In the most recent statistical year 5,082 prospective students applied, and 3,475 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 438 enrolled in the school.  1,589 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 18 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $60,350 plus fees of $1,375. Hobart William Smith Colleges is ranked 122 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Hobart William Smith Colleges is rated within the top 23% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 8 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Very High
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SAT 1210/1400
ACT 27/32
GPA 3.55

Applications Accepted

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Applications Due Feb 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Hobart William Smith Colleges
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,300
Other Fees$1,375
Room and Board $16,910
Budget for Other Expenses$700
Total One Year Cost$80,635

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$60,200 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

75% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Hobart William Smith Colleges students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 23%
Ethnic Studies 9%
Psychology 8%
Natural Resources Conservation 7%
Communication 7%

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