Hobart and William Smith Colleges
629 South Main Street
Geneva, New York 14456
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Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Geneva, New York
Hobart and William Smith are independent, coordinate liberal arts colleges in Geneva, New York. Hobart College for men was founded in 1822; William Smith College for women, in 1908. The two Colleges have the same faculty; men and women attend all classes together and share one campus. Each College, however, awards its own degrees, has its own dean's office, and maintains its own student government and athletic programs. Residential options include both coeducational and single-sex housing, small houses, cooperatives, and theme houses. A number of residence halls, academic buildings, two gymnasiums, and numerous athletic fields are part of the Colleges' facilities. The Colleges' newest buildings include Rosenberg Hall (biology and chemistry) and the Melly Academic Center.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges offer Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. Programs leading to provisional certification in elementary, secondary, and special education are offered. Departmental majors include anthropology, art (history and studio), biology, chemistry, classics, comparative literature, computer science, dance, economics, English, French, geoscience, history, international relations, mathematics, modern languages, music, philosophy, physics, political science, religious studies, sociology, and Spanish. Interdisciplinary and individualized majors have been developed in Africana studies; American studies; architectural studies; arts and education; Asian studies; critical social studies dialogues; environmental studies; European studies; Latin American studies; lesbian, gay, and bisexual studies; media and society; public policy studies; Russian area studies; urban studies; and women's studies.
The Colleges offer dual-degree programs in engineering in cooperation with Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the University of Rochester. A 4-1 M.B.A. program is offered in conjunction with Clarkson University and the Rochester Institute of Technology. In addition, the Colleges offer a 3-4 degree in architecture with Washington University in Saint Louis. A five-year M.A.T. program is offered.
At the heart of a Hobart and William Smith education is the requirement that each student complete a major and a minor or two majors, one of which must be disciplinary and the other interdisciplinary. The first option gives a student depth of knowledge; the latter gives breadth by reaching across traditional disciplines. Each student must also address the Colleges' educational goals and objectives, which represent an understanding of the skills, areas of knowledge, and qualities of mind and character that identify a liberally educated man or woman. Students must demonstrate the following abilities: critical reading and listening; effective speaking and writing; skills for critical thinking and argumentation; experience with scientific inquiry; quantitative reasoning; an appreciation of artistic expression based in experience; an intellectually grounded understanding of race, gender, and class; critical knowledge of the multiplicity of world cultures; and an intellectually grounded foundation for ethical judgment and action.
Geneva, New York, a city of 15,000 people, is located on the northern shore of Seneca Lake, the largest of the scenic Finger Lakes. Rochester, Syracuse, and Ithaca are all within an hour's drive. Twenty-seven other colleges and universities are located in the Finger Lakes area.
There are a number of opportunities for off-campus study. Hobart and William Smith offer terms abroad on six continents, with programs in Australia, China, Denmark, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Mexico, Russia, Scotland, Senegal, Spain, Switzerland, and Vietnam. Domestic programs are also offered in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington, D.C. Many off-campus programs include internships. Hobart and William Smith participate in cooperative programs in architecture and engineering and in a 4-1 M.B.A. program.
Facilities and Resources
Among the major academic and administrative buildings on the campus is the Warren Hunting Smith Library. The library contains more than 359,742 volumes, 3,289 periodicals, and 76,899 microform titles as well as classrooms, study areas, and audiovisual facilities. As a member of the Rochester Regional Resources Library Council, the library provides students with access to holdings in excess of 5 million volumes in other library collections through the interlibrary loan system. The Colleges' science facilities include modern laboratories, a 110-acre research preserve, a science library, and a 65-foot research and laboratory vessel that is used for studies on Seneca Lake. Science students regularly participate in research projects at Geneva's New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, a world-class facility. A computer center and the Houghton House arts center are also part of the Colleges' facilities.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges have a unique coordinate system that allows for separate athletic departments - the Hobart Statesmen for men and the William Smith Herons for women. Yet while these two departments are separate and distinct, they share a similar philosophy toward intercollegiate athletics - that athletics is an educational experience that is more than just a game. There is a strong relationship between faculty and coaches, and between coaches and student-athletes.
Both colleges have a distinguished history of achievement and have fielded consistently winning teams. The William Smith soccer team captured the Herons' first NCAA Championship in 1988 and the field hockey team has won three national titles (1992, 1997, 2000). Hobart lacrosse, which captured 16 national championships, including 12 straight from 1980 through 1991, has joined the Division I ranks competing against powerhouse teams from Georgetown, Maryland, and the like.
In addition to intercollegiate athletics, the Colleges offer intramurals, summer sports camps, and excellent facilities.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges is strongly committed to fostering a community in which the wide spectrum of individual differences is valued, celebrated, and integrated throughout its staff, students, faculty, and throughout the curriculum. In working to create an intellectual environment that benefits students, faculty and staff, the Colleges are committed to an educational model that addresses the needs of a pluralistic and democratic society. To implement this model, it is critical to remember the importance of establishing a campus community that reflects the diverse society in which we live.
That our curriculum reflects that diversity is for us a priority. Our Center for Global Education provides enriching off-campus opportunities nationally and internationally for every HWS student. We endorse programs and centers on campus that host speakers and visiting scholars of different races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, abilities and political ideas.
We are committed to making our campus a community which promotes a culture of inclusion in which all feel valued, respected, and supported to perform to their full potential.
Nearly 70 percent of Hobart and William Smith students receive financial aid. Hobart and William Smith Colleges' Scholarships, Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants, Federal Perkins Loans, Federal Work-Study Program awards, loans through the Federal Family Education Loan programs, and part-time employment are the most frequent sources of financial aid. New York State residents may be eligible for the New York State Tuition Assistance Program.
To determine financial need, the Colleges rely on an evaluation of the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and the College Scholarship Service's Financial Aid PROFILE. Both forms should be filed before February 15. Financial aid awards are adjusted annually to meet changing needs.
Admission to the Colleges is based on demonstrated potential to undertake college-level work and to contribute to life on campus. The Committee on Admission is most interested in students with comprehensive high school programs. Applicants are expected to have had a minimum of 4 years of English, 2 years of algebra, 1 year of plane geometry, two laboratory sciences, and 3 years of a modern or classical language. Other units could come from social studies and from additional work in mathematics, science, literature, and languages. Two personal recommendations and scores on either the SAT I or the ACT examination are required. Candidates submitting scores on the SAT I are encouraged to submit the results of any SAT II Subject Tests. Campus tours and personal interviews are available throughout the year and may be arranged by contacting the appropriate admissions office.
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