At Hobart and William Smith, our community is diverse and accepting. More than 29 countries are represented among our student body, and between our students, faculty and staff members, we speak more than 50 languages!

Below are a list of the items required for a complete application to Hobart and William Smith. You can download and print our checklist to help you keep track as you complete each item.

  • Application Instructions
  • Common Application
  • Official transcript and School Report from each secondary and post-secondary institution you have attended. If these documents are not in English, please provide a certified translation.
  • Teacher Evaluations from two different teachers in major academic subjects (tenth, eleventh or twelfth grade)
  • Mid-Year Report
  • TOEFL or IELTS scores (Required if English is not your first language. Applicants that are graduating from a high school in the United States and have had an interview with an HWS admissions representative are exempt from submitting TOEFL or IELTS scores.)
  • Standardized testing scores (optional)
  • Early Decision form
  • (optional)
  • Scholarship Application (Optional. Competitive international scholarship applicants will be individually contacted by a member of the Office of Admissions to set up an interview.)
  • Certification of Finances

If you are applying for financial aid, please submit the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE by December 1st for Early Decision I, January 15th for Early Decision II, and February 15th for all other applications. Students with questions or concerns should contact the Office of Financial Aid at finaid@hws.edu or call (315) 781-3315.


Claire Criniti '13
Assistant Director of Admissions
(315) 781-3730

Students from India:
Lisa Genovese '03
Associate Director of Admissions
(315) 781-3762

Students from Asia:
Marylyn Uhnak
Assistant Vice President for On and Off Campus Initiatives
(315) 781-3750

Office of Financial Aid
(315) 781-3315

Common App

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