Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Through a challenging interdisciplinary, liberal arts curriculum, Hobart and William Smith Colleges prepare students to think critically and make astute connections. Since 2000, our students have been awarded a Rhodes Scholarship, a Gates Cambridge Scholarship, 11 Fulbrights, a Marshall Scholarship, seven Barry M. Goldwater Scholarships, a Princeton-in-Asia (PiA) Program honor, and three Morris K. Udall Scholarships. Recent graduates are teaching English in Japan, working for NGOs, and have accepted assignments in the Peace Corps and Teach for America. Others are working on Wall Street, Capitol Hill, or attending prestigious graduate and professional schools. In partnership with the Geneva and global communities and through robust programs in career development, study abroad, service, leadership and athletics, the Colleges foster an environment that values global citizenship, teamwork, ethics, inclusive excellence, social justice, and cultural competence. In maintaining this environment, the Colleges create opportunities to engage faculty and students with other languages and diverse cultures. While only 2% of college students nationwide study abroad, at HWS 59% do so on every continent except Antarctica. The Colleges rank in the top 20 nationally for off-campus programs according to The Princeton Review and were recognized by the NAFSA as one of five institutions in the nation to receive the Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization. Even those students who do not study abroad connect with diverse cultures and languages as 17% of the most recent incoming class identifies as multicultural. More than 50 languages are spoken on campus. These experiences enhance what takes place on campus in the academic and social lives of students and allows the community to delve into the broader intellectual world. The resulting campus community values multiple perspectives, respects difference and is committed to assuming an active role in the global community. Part of that commitment extends to protecting the earth itself. In 2007, President Gearan signed the American College and University Presidents Climate Commitment, making HWS a charter member of a national effort to reduce emissions of the gases responsible for global warming. Through The Presidents Climate Commitment Task Force, the HWS community continues to make the environment a priority, working to become carbon neutral by 2025. But that global focus doesnt mean HWS students arent also actively committed to the Geneva community. In fact, Washington Monthly ranked the Colleges 17th in the nation for community service and civic engagement, and HWS have been named in "Colleges with a Conscience: An Engaged Students Guide to College." In 2009, President Gearan developed the Geneva Partnership to further deepen the Colleges productive relationship with the City of Geneva, N.Y. Each year, HWS students contribute 139,000 hours of service and engagement to local, national and international communities. By the time they graduate, nearly every HWS student has participated in service at least once, and the majority of students, faculty and staff recognize that their obligation to the community extends to making civic engagement a part of their daily lives. The academic program at Hobart and William Smith keeps this highly interactive environment alive through hands-on learning opportunities and service-learning courses. The academic program is set apart from peer institutions in terms of excellence and opportunity, and The Fiske Guide to Colleges has praised Hobart and William Smiths "innovative curriculum." This rigorous academic program challenges students to think expansively.

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school_type year_founded religious_affiliation academic_calendar year_2016_endowment address telephone
Private, Coed 1822 N/A Semester $187.2 million 337 Pulteney Street, Geneva, NY 14456 (315) 781-3000
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64 100.0 New York Geneva 967