Hobart and William Smith Colleges: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Hobart & William Smith

Robert Pembrose

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are private liberal arts colleges with an acceptance rate of 57%. Located on the northern tip of Lake Seneca in Geneva, New York, Hobart and William Smith were originally founded as two separate colleges. The men's college (Hobart) and the women's college (William Smith) now share a 188-acre campus, curriculum, faculty, and administration. For strengths in the liberal arts and sciences, HWS earned a chapter of the prestigious Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. The college ranks among the nation's top liberal arts colleges. HWS has an impressive 10-to-1 student / faculty ratio and an average class size of 16. Athletics are all Division III except for men's lacrosse which is Division I.

Considering applying to Hobart and William Smith Colleges? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, Hobart and William Smith Colleges had an acceptance rate of 57%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 57 students were admitted, making HWS's admissions process competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 4,453
Percent Admitted 57%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 24%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Hobart and William Smith has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants to HWS may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 44% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 580 670
Math 570 670
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that of those students who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of Hobart and William Smith Colleges' applicants fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of HWS's admitted students scored between 580 and 670, while 25% scored below 580 and 25% scored above 670. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 570 and 670, while 25% scored below 570 and 25% scored above 670. While the SAT is not required, this data tells us that a composite SAT score of 1340 or higher is competitive for Hobart and William Smith.

Requirements

Hobart and William Smith does not require SAT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, note that HWS participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all SAT test dates. Hobart and William Smith does not require the optional essay portion of the SAT.

ACT Scores and Requirements

Hobart and William Smith has a test-optional standardized testing policy. Applicants may submit SAT or ACT scores to the school, but they are not required. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 22% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 24 32
Math 24 29
Composite 25 30

This admissions data tells us that of those who submitted scores during the 2017-18 admissions cycle, most of HWS's admitted students fall within the top 22% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to Hobart and William Smith Colleges received a composite ACT score between 25 and 30, while 25% scored above 30 and 25% scored below 25.

Requirements

Note that Hobart and William Smith does not require ACT scores for admission. For students who choose to submit scores, HWS participates in the scorechoice program, meaning that the admissions office will consider your highest score from each individual section across all ACT test dates. Hobart and William Smith does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of Hobart and William Smith's incoming freshmen class was 3.43, and nearly 50% of admitted students had average GPAs of 3.5 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to Hobart and William Smith have primarily high B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Hobart and William Smith Colleges Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Hobart and William Smith Colleges. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Hobart and William Smith Colleges, which accept just over half of applicants, has a competitive admissions pool. However, HWS also has a holistic admissions process and is test-optional, and admissions decisions are based on much more than numbers. A strong application essay and glowing letters of recommendation can strengthen your application, as can participation in meaningful extracurricular activities and a rigorous course schedule. The college is looking for students who will contribute to the campus community in meaningful ways, not just students who show promise in the classroom. While not required for admission, Hobart and William Smith strongly recommends interviews for interested applicants. Students applying for one of Hobart and William Smith's merit scholarships are required to participate in an interview. Students with particularly compelling stories or achievements can still receive serious consideration even if their grades and scores are outside of HWS's average range.

In the graph above, the blue and green data points represent students who were accepted to Hobart and William Smith Colleges. Most had SAT scores (ERW+M) of 1050 or higher, ACT composite scores of 21 or higher, and a high school average of "B+" or better. Hobart and William Smith is test-optional, so grades are important. A number of admitted students had high school averages in the "A" range.

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