Hobart and William Smith Colleges: Narrative Description

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Geneva, NY 14456-3397
Tel: (315)781-3000
Free: 800-245-0100
Admissions: (315)781-3472
Fax: (315)781-5471
Web Site: http://www.hws.edu/


Independent, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1822. Setting: 200-acre small town campus with easy access to Rochester and Syracuse. Endowment: $135.1 million. Research spending 2003-04: $616,940. Educational spending 2003-04: $11,244 per student. Total enrollment: 1,847. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 11:1. 3,266 applied, 63% were admitted. 31% from top 10% of their high school class, 65% from top quarter, 95% from top half. 5 National Merit Scholars, 18 class presidents, 3 valedictorians, 48 student government officers. Full-time: 1,832 students, 55% women, 45% men. Part-time: 7 students, 43% women, 57% men. Students come from 44 states and territories, 10 other countries, 53% from out-of-state, 0.1% Native American, 4% Hispanic, 4% black, 2% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 2% international, 0% 25 or older, 92% live on campus, 0.5% transferred in. Retention: 84% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; English; psychology. Core. Calendar: semesters. ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, adult/continuing education programs, internships. Off campus study at New York State Visiting Student Program. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 1 recommendation, SAT or ACT. Recommended: interview, SAT Subject Tests. Entrance: very difficult. Application deadlines: 2/1, 11/15 for early decision plan 1, 1/1 for early decision plan 2. Notification: 4/1, 12/15 for early decision plan 1, 2/1 for early decision plan 2.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $45. Comprehensive fee: $38,630 includes full-time tuition ($30,076), mandatory fees ($567), and college room and board ($7987). College room only: $4220. Room and board charges vary according to board plan. Part-time tuition: $3760 per course.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 60 open to all; national fraternities; 15% of men are members. Most popular organizations: Student Life and Leadership, student government, African-American Student Coalition, Service Network, sports clubs. Major annual events: Folk Festival, Celebrate Service/Celebrate Geneva, Charter Day/Moving Up Day. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,420 college housing spaces available; all were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through senior year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Warren Hunting Smith Library plus 1 other with 380,419 books, 77,510 microform titles, 2,469 serials, 10,733 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $2.3 million. 250 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Geneva, population 15,000, is on Seneca Lake, the largest of the Finger Lakes. It is the center of a rich agricultural and nursery region with a number of diversified industries adding to the city's economy. There are several churches of major denominations, a public library, historical museum, YMCA, and many service and fraternal organizations within the town. Seneca lake offers excellent facilities for fishing, boating, and other water sports. Some part-time employment is available.

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