During a recent trip to Central NY, I had the chance to return to Hobart and William Smith Colleges and see firsthand what’s happening on campus. Lots of buildings have gone up since my last visit nearly a decade ago. What remains the same are the breathtaking views of Lake Seneca, the largest of the Finger Lakes. If you have not been to the Finger Lakes Region of NY, you must make the trip. No matter what the season the scenery is gorgeous, but I’m partial to the fall.
Lucky for me, I had a personalized campus tour with admissions representative and Hobart graduate, Zack Reed. As we walked across campus, Zack told me about the colleges’ rich history. Originally the colleges began as two separate institutions. Hobart was founded in 1882 as an all-male college, and William Smith began as a school for women in 1908. Today these two colleges have joined together under a coordinated college system, to deliver a rich liberal arts education. Both schools share the same campus, faculty, facilities and curriculum. However, each college has its own deans, SGAs, athletic departments, deans and traditions. A single president oversees the colleges.
Students at HWS can choose from nearly 50 majors and 70 minors. Special degree programs are offered in education, business administration (4 plus 1 joint degree), engineering (3 plus 2 joint program) and masters of arts in teaching. Hobart and William Smith Colleges are committed to supporting the performing arts. The gorgeous new performing arts center that is scheduled to open this spring is a testament of this. Music, dance, theater majors and enthusiasts will all reap the benefits of this state-of the-art building.
HWS is committed to preparing students for future careers through its Guaranteed Internship Program. All first-year students who enrolled in fall 2014 and beyond are guaranteed at least one internship or research opportunity during their academic enrollment at the colleges. To be eligible, students must be in good academic and social standing and successfully complete the Pathways Program (through the career center).
Students told me that there is always something happening on campus. Athletics are popular here. Lacrosse players compete in Div. I athletics while all other sports compete in Div. III. Not surprising hockey is a popular spectator’s sport here. The sailing and crew teams are fortunate to have their boathouse right on campus. Greek life has a small presence on campus, with approximately 20-percent of all students joining sororities or fraternities. Fraternities have houses, however, sororities do not. Campus wide traditions are coveted. Winterpalooza, Koshare Dance Collective Fall Show and Color 1 are just a few of the colleges’ joint traditions.
Admissions and Financial Aid
Submitting the ACT/SAT is optional. Interviews are highly encouraged. All first year and transfer students are automatically reviewed for merit scholarships.
© 2016, Admissions on Track. All rights reserved.