Hobart and William Smith Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Scholarships & More

Hobart & William Smith
Hobart & William Smith. Photo Credit: Robert Pembrose

Hobart and William Smith Colleges Admissions Overview:

HWS has an acceptance rate of 56%--the school is somewhat selective, and students will need strong grades and an impressive application to be admitted to the school. While the school is test-optional, SAT or ACT scores are required for some scholarship applications. Be sure to visit the school's website for more information about these scholarships.

Additional requirements for the application process include letters of recommendation, a resume, high school transcripts, and a writing sample.

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Admissions Data (2015):

Hobart and William Smith Colleges Description:

Hobart and William Smith's 188-acre campus is situation on the northern tip of Lake Seneca in Geneva, New York. The school is separated somewhat into a men's college (Hobart) and a women's college (William Smith). The school's curriculum emphasizes study abroad, community service and service learning. HWS ranks among the top 15 liberal arts colleges for the percentage of students who study off campus.

The college has an impressive 11 to 1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 17. Hobart and Williams Smith's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. Athletics are all Division III except for men's lacrosse which is Division I.

Enrollment (2015):

  • Total Enrollment: 2,351 (2,344 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 51% Male / 49% Female
  • 97% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $51,559
  • Books: $1,300 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $13,757
  • Other Expenses: $700
  • Total Cost: $67,316

Hobart and William Smith Financial Aid (2014 - 15):

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 87%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 85%
    • Loans: 52%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $23,791
    • Loans: $7,627

Academic Programs:

Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 86%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 12%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 76%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 81%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Rowing, Tennis, Track and Field, Basketball, Golf, Ice Hockey, Soccer, Cross Country, Squash
  • Women's Sports: Golf, Swimming and Diving, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Basketball, Lacrosse, Rowing, Ice Hockey, Track and Field, Tennis, Soccer

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics and the Hobart and William Smith Colleges website

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