Admissions Center

The Office of Admissions is located in a renovated historic home overlooking Seneca Lake, and we welcome visitors throughout the year.

Robert Murphy

Vice President for Enrollment/Dean of Admissions

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Bob came to Hobart and William Smith in 2004 as the director of the Salisbury Center for Career Services. In 2009, he accepted a position as the Vice President of Enrollment and Dean of Admissions. Bob has a B.S. in education and history from Norwich University as well as an M.Ed. in rehabilitation counseling and C.A.S. in student personnel administration, both from Springfield College. A former officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, he worked with Pepsi-Cola, serving as Chief Operating Officer of PepsiCo International in Istanbul among other roles, for 26 years before "retiring" to higher education. He is an honorary member of the Hobart Class of 2006.

John Young

Director of Admissions

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John graduated from Colgate University with a bachelor's degree in history. He served as an assistant and associate director of admissions at Colgate for seven years, and then made a move to become Director of Admissions at Skidmore College. He joined the HWS staff in 2005.

William Warder '96

Senior Associate Director of Admissions and Director of Large Format Schools

Bill Warder Phone: (315) 781-3729

Bill graduated from Hobart College in 1996 with a dual major in comparative literature and Greek. He completed a master's degree in liberal studies at Nazareth College. Before returning to his alma mater in 2005, Bill taught English at Avon Old Farms School and served as Head Lacrosse Coach at the University of Hartford. Bill works with a number of individual schools around the country.

"It is very rewarding to introduce Hobart and William Smith Colleges to new faces. As a graduate of HWS, I truly enjoy the opportunity to share the excitement, passion and interconnectedness that comes from being a member of our community. Hobart and William Smith encourage every student to discover and explore new academic paths, practical "real-world" experiences and life-long friendships."

Marylyn Uhnak

Assistant Vice President of On and Off Campus Initiatives

Marylyn Uhnak Phone: (315) 781-3750

Marylyn earned a degree in psychology from Wells College, where she worked in admissions for five years after graduation. She joined the HWS admissions team in 2008 and currently oversees all on and off-campus events for prospective students and their families.

"It is in my nature to help people, and that's what we do every day in Admissions. I especially enjoy helping students determine if this community is the right fit."

Jacqueline DeLaFuente

Associate Director of Admissions

Lisa Genovese Phone: (315) 781-3733

Jacqueline graduated from Amherst College with a double major in Psychology and Spanish in 2009. Upon graduation, she taught kindergarten and fifth grade in the Philadelphia public school district through Teach for America while simultaneously earning her M.S.Ed. from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education. Afterward, she moved to Columbia Journalism School’s Office of Career Services. Jacqueline joined the HWS admissions team in 2013 as the regional representative for the New York metro area.

"I love representing Hobart and William Smith Colleges because it embodies the quintessential small, liberal arts school with an incredibly personable faculty and a truly engaged campus community. Yet, HWS is also dedicated to preparing students for success in the real world by creating opportunities in global exploration, service, leadership, and professional careers. I'm proud to represent HWS, and I feel very fortunate that I get to meet so many unique students everyday who make me optimistic and excited for the future."

Suzanne Willard '99

Associate Director of Admissions

Suzanne Willard Phone: (315) 781-3865

Sue earned a bachelor's degree in history from William Smith College in 1999 and completed the education program. After earning a master's degree in history and serving as a graduate assistant soccer coach at Washington College, she returned to William Smith as assistant coach for the Herons in 2001. From there, Sue went on to coach soccer at both the NCAA Division I and III levels, before rejoining HWS in the Office of Admissions.

"At HWS, we care about our prospective students on a deep level. A prospective student will never just be a number to us! In fact, HWS students are some of the most creative, interesting and fun people you will ever meet."

Kate Beyer '07

Associate Director of Admissions

Kate Ustach Beyer '07 Phone: (207) 577-3821

Kate graduated from William Smith in 2007 with a bachelor of arts degree in individual studies – Diversity in the Workplace. Following graduation, Kate was the first AmeriCorps VISTA member at HWS, serving with the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning. She later worked at Massachusetts Campus Compact, where she was the coordinator of student initiatives. Kate returned to HWS in 2012, accepting a position as a New England regional representative.

“HWS is a very special place. As an admissions counselor and alum, I love telling prospective students about all it has to offer. The coordinate system is the best of both worlds. It allows students to experience a coed campus, while empowering men and women and providing them with unique leadership opportunities.”

Claire Criniti '13

Associate Director of Admissions

Claire Criniti Phone: (315) 781-3730

Claire graduated from William Smith with a major in sociology, and a minor in public policy with a concentration in health. She played three years of soccer for the William Smith Herons. During her senior year she joined the admissions staff and worked as a tour guide and panel speaker.

"My experiences at HWS gave me the opportunity to charter my own path and feel confident in my pursuits. I will forever have a deep appreciation and connection with this place because of how much I grew. I couldn’t be more excited to be able to share those experiences with prospective students and help them envision their own potential as a Hobart and William Smith Student."

Gina Kane

Associate Director of Admissions for Communications and Market Research

Gina Kane Phone: (315) 781-3064

Gina earned her B.S. in Business Administration at the State University of New York at Geneseo in 2011. She joined the HWS community in 2012 as a Counselor in the Financial Aid Office and transitioned to the Admissions Office in 2015. Gina is responsible for communications and market research for the office.

Ellie Blase '13

Associate Director of Admissions

Ellie Blase '13 Phone: (315) 781-3778

Ellie graduated from William Smith in 2013 with a bachelor of arts degree in psychology, and minors in child advocacy and art history. During her four years at HWS, she was a member of the club equestrian team as well as the Colleges' Chorale and Cantori. In her sophomore year, she joined the residential education staff as a resident assistant, and in her junior year was able to continue her passion for community service abroad in Galway, Ireland.

"The enthusiasm that students and faculty have for this campus and what it can provide students in their time here is contagious. HWS has encouraged me to realize my passions, become confident academically, and has given me a place to call home. I love seeing new faces of prospective students and families walk through the door, and as a recent alumna, sharing my experiences with them so they can gain a sense of the special community here at HWS."

Brianne Ellis '13

Associate Director of Admissions

Brianne Ellis Phone: (315) 781-3768

Brianne is originally from Cleveland, Ohio and a 2013 graduate of William Smith. During her time at HWS she served as Class President, was a teaching fellow for the Anthropology Department and studied abroad in Argentina, among other things. She majored in Sociology and Latin American Studies and minored in Child Advocacy. After graduation, she joined Teach For America in Miami, Florida and earned a Master's in Education and Social Change from the University of Miami while participating in the program.

Maren Serafine

Associate Director of Admissions

Maren Serafine Phone: (315) 781-3749

Maren graduated from Siena College in 2012 with a bachelor's degree in English. While at Siena, Maren played four years of varsity soccer, serving as a captain during her senior year. Upon graduation, Maren worked for three years as an assistant director of admissions at Nazareth College in Rochester, N.Y. She joined the HWS admissions team in 2015.

"I am excited about my position with the HWS Admissions Office because I have a unique opportunity to help build a dynamic community—one that is diverse, enriching, and engaged. The HWS community is a training ground for good members of society. It is a community that allows men and women to cultivate their minds while providing the resources to live principled and meaningful lives."

Tara Fulco '12

Associate Director of Admissions

Tara Fulco Phone: (315) 781-3747

Tara graduated from William Smith in 2012 with a BA in international relations and minors in both economic development and Spanish and Hispanic studies. As a student she was able to take advantage of the many academic, extra-curricular activities which ranged from her semester-long study abroad experience in Mendoza, Argentina, to competing on the women’s ice hockey team. During her senior year she was elected a senior intern in the admissions office, which led her to the DC metro area after graduation where she worked at Hood College and American University prior to returning to HWS in 2016.

Luke Latella '14

Assistant Director of Admissions

Luke Latella '14 Phone: (315) 781-4514

Luke graduated from Hobart College in 2014 with a bachelor's degree in English and minors in both art history and European studies. He developed his concentration in modernist Irish literature while studying abroad in Galway, Ireland. While on campus, Luke worked for four years as a tour guide in Admissions and served as a Writing Colleague. He was also an active member of the Hobart club rugby team and the male a cappella group, the Hobartones.

"From the small, highly engaging classes to the close-knit community outside the classroom, an HWS education enables students to grow in confidence and character as they make invaluable academic, personal, and professional connections. As a recent graduate, I have experienced first hand the immense opportunities available at HWS, and I am very fortunate to be able to represent the Colleges through the Office of Admissions."

Zach Reed '15

Assistant Director of Admissions

Zach Reed Phone: (315) 781-3737

Zach graduated from Hobart College in 2015 with a major in environmental studies and dual minor in sustainable community development and anthropology. He was a member of the Hobart lacrosse team for four years and was voted captain his senior year. He studied abroad on a three-week summer program in Wales where he focused on outdoor education.

"As a recent graduate of Hobart and William Smith Colleges, I could not be more thankful and honored to have the ability to work with prospective students that are drawn to this institution. HWS has provided me with memories that will last a lifetime. Whether it was on the athletic field, in the classroom, or in the mountains of Wales, HWS gave me the ability to excel in all areas."

Caitlin Moran '15

Assistant Director of Admissions

Caitlin Moran Phone: (315) 781-3868

Caitlin graduated from William Smith in 2015 with a BA in public policy and minors in both English and child advocacy. During her time at HWS she was a four year member of the William Smith field hockey team and participated in two rewarding internships through career services. Caitlin was an active volunteer in the Geneva community and studied abroad in Galway, Ireland during her junior year.

Michelle Poulin '15

Assistant Director of Admissions

Michelle Poulin Phone: (315) 781-3732

Michelle graduated from William Smith in 2015 with a double major in anthropology and Asian studies, and minors in international relations and studio art. As a student she served as an anthropology teaching fellow, event coordinator for the Pride Alliance, theme house manager, and tour guide for admissions. She was also a member of the HWS Brass and Jazz ensembles. During her senior year, she completed a semester abroad in Taipei, Taiwan, where she studied Mandarin Chinese and taught an English course for Taiwanese students.

"On campus and abroad, HWS has provided me with invaluable experiences for my academic, personal, and professional growth. I consider myself very fortunate to be able to help prospective students learn how our community can help them grow as well."

Rose Cherubin '15

Assistant Director of Admissions and Multicultural Recruiting

Rose Cherubin Email:

Rose graduated from William Smith College in 2015 with a BA in public policy (healthcare concentration) and a minor in anthropology. She studied abroad in Copenhagen, Denmark, where she focused on healthcare delivery and prioritization in Northern Europe. On campus, she served as the prime minister of the Caribbean Student Association, a residential assistant in Residential Education, and served on various campus committees comprised of other students, faculty, and staff.

"Ever since I submitted my application as a prospective student in 2011, I have received much generosity from members of the Hobart and William Smith Colleges' community, many of whom are still a part of my support system. I have grown so much as a person while at the Colleges, and could not have asked for a better undergraduate experience. No matter what walk of life one comes from, people are always willing to lend a helping hand. I am excited to work with the Office of Admissions to "pay it forward" and help provide other students the awesome opportunities of having a Hobart and William Smith education as I received."

Emily Martin '16

Assistant Director of Admissions

Emily Martin Phone: (315) 781-3738

Emily graduated from William Smith in 2016 after earning a BA in media and society with a focus in advertising, and a minor in studio art. While a student at HWS, she was a member of the William Smith soccer team, the Student Athletic Advisory Committee, and she participated in the America Reads program tutoring local grade school students. Emily was also a design intern during the construction of the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts and worked as a marketing intern in the Admissions Office during her senior year. In her junior year she studied art and architecture abroad in Rome, Italy. While abroad, she traveled to Austria, Greece, and 14 other towns within Italy to build her portfolio.

"During my time at HWS as a student, the Colleges helped me understand how vital it is to be involved with and help your local community. I am now pursuing a career that I am passionate about while also helping students invest in their futures."

Zoe Eth '16

Campus Visit and Event Coordinator

Zoe Eth Phone: (315) 781-3731

Zoe Eth graduated from William Smith in 2016 with a B.S. in biology and a minor in health professions. While a student, she was a member of the Heron soccer team, including the 2013 Division III National Championship team. Eth was also a member of the William Smith Athletics Core Leadership Program for two years. She interned at an elementary school in Haiti, as well as for the Burr Lab group at the Cornell Agricultural Station where she researched a biocontrol for Pierce's Disease, which infects grape vines. Eth currently serves as the head coach of the Heron JV soccer program.

"During my time at HWS I learned that in order to grow you must continue to find ways to get out of your comfort zone. Not only did HWS push me to grow, but everyone—faculty, staff, peers and coaches—supported me through the process. I am honored and excited to be able to show prospective students the incredible community that we have on this campus."


Feel free to contact us individually or e-mail the Office of Admissions if you have any questions.

Mailing address:
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Office of Admissions
629 S. Main St.
Geneva, NY 14456

Phone: (315) 781-3622 or
(800) 852-2256

Fax: (315) 781-3914

International Students should contact Marylyn Uhnak or Michelle Poulin ’15.

Transfer Students should contact Caitlin Moran ’15.

Depending on the time of year, a representative may be in your area visiting high schools, conducting interviews or attending college fairs. You may contact any member of the Office of Admissions with questions via e-mail or phone.



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