It’s Going to be Fun,
by the Way.

Imagine spending four years surrounded by Statesmen and Herons (that’s what we call ourselves here) — the fun, smart, inspiring people who will be your adoptive family and constant companions.

Lake Effects

Continue your voyage on the longest and the deepest of the Finger Lakes with stupidly beautiful views.

Flex your acting chops at the stunning Gearan Center for the Performing Arts. Join The Executives hip-hop dance team. Learn fly fishing. Because, why not? Step beyond your own experience through events at the IC (our beloved Center for Intercultural Affairs).

Where there’s more opportunity in any given day than you’d ever be able to grab, but where you also can’t go wrong.

The Colleges are a place where classmates have your back and cheer you on. Where competition is reserved for the court or playing field (or lake, if you are water-inclined). Where the teams are really good (have you heard of Ali Marpet?) and the fans are really loud (have you heard of earplugs?).

Where there’s more opportunity in any given day than you’d ever be able to grab, but where you also can’t go wrong. Because all of it is interesting. (And all of it is here for you.)

Whoever you are and whatever your path, you’re always in sight of our beautiful lake — the perfect complement to the excitement on the shore and a constant reminder of your inspiring horizons and endless potential.

HWS Offers

  • 90+ student-run clubs and organizations
  • On-campus centers for cultural support and exploration
  • 23 varsity teams with plans for 35 and dozens of intramural sports
  • A thriving, residential community where students live on campus all four years
  • A lakefront campus with stupidly beautiful views


Don’t be fooled by our bucolic setting. There’s never a dull moment at HWS.

  • Global Education

    Wednesday, September 7, 2022 | ALL DAYCGE Advising Sessions

    For students interested in semester study abroad programs in Fall 2023 or beyond. Join CGE staff for focused advising on programs available based on your academic interests, tips on writing application essays, information on credits/grades, financial aid, the application process, etc. Sessions fill up fast, reserve your spot today. Sign up here (scroll to Step #3).

  • house decorating

    Monday, September 26, 2022 | ALL DAYSpirit Week: House Decorating Contest

    Spirit Week: House Decorating Contest

    Decorate your theme house, senior house or Odells unit to show off your school spirit! Judging will take place beginning at 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 30.

    Odells, Greek, Senior and Theme Houses wanting to participate must pick up the mandatory MYSTERY item from the Student Engagement office.

    Submit this form to participate!

  • spin

    Tuesday, September 27, 2022 | 7:10 AMSpin

    Spin with Donna

    Spin is a fitness class that is performed on stationary bikes to music. Our instructors will guide you through an entire cycle adventure that will challenge the fittest participants, but is very modifiable for those that are just starting their fitness journey. Classes will climb, jump, sprint and have a nice flat ride through the countryside. All of our instructors are both very passionate about fitness and will try to motivate you to work at your peak performance, all the while cueing form and intensity. You'll have a great ride time after time and have tons of fun!

  • Bogin

    Tuesday, September 27, 2022 | 9:30 AMExhibit: U.A.C. Bungalow Paintings

    U.A.C. Bungalow Paintings
    August 26-October 1
    Michael Bogin
    Reception: September 30

    The path to the U.A.C. bungalow leads uphill through a green tunnel of leaves. Two thick mud walled rooms are surrounded on all sides by a broad tin roof covered verandah. Standing on the verandah looking out over the paw-paw trees and banana plants, I could see the turtle shaped silhouette of Adakluto in the distance rising above the tropical forest. Sometimes I would sit on the verandah reading and small children from the village would sit on the railing and watch me for hours.

    These paintings start on the verandah of the U.A.C. bungalow enveloped in the press of heat and humidity, and then, when my work goes well, something happens.

    Davis Gallery Hours
    Monday-Friday: 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 
    Saturdays: 1–3 p.m.
    Or by appointment: call (315) 781-3487

    Image: artist's studio, 2022

  • photo booth
  • Italian language table

    Tuesday, September 27, 2022 | 2:30 PMItalian Language Table

    Italian Language Table

    Come and practice your Italian with language instructor Cinzia Catani.

Campus StoriesOne Campus

With Many Paths


  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges

    Student-LifeHWS Theatre Announces a Thoroughly Unpredictable 2022-2023 Season

    HWS Theatre has announced plans for a full season return to their home in McDonald Theatre of the Gearan Center for the Performing Arts.

  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges

    EntrepreneurshipKanungo '23 Discusses the Future of UTime

    With $50,000 raised in startup capital, Sreyan Kanungo ’23 answers questions about moving the automated scheduling system company forward.

  • Hobart and William Smith Colleges

    AlumsWith Ivan and Ruth Kuhl, the Legacy of Hobart’s No. 1 Fan Remains Strong

    To many Hobart College students who matriculated during the first half of the 20th century, an intercollegiate athletics contest without Art Kenney leading cheers from the bleachers or sidelines was unthinkable.


The faculty, administration and students of HWS take an all-hands-on-deck, community-based approach to advising, mentoring, tutoring, applauding and supporting each other. Because we're at our best when all of us are thriving and everyone has a place to belong.


    Connect with all the resources needed to live in community with peers, learn from world-class faculty, and engage with staff ready to help in your transition.


    Enjoy life in a warm and welcoming, busy and electric 100%-residential campus community.


    Join or lead one (or more) of our 90+ student-run clubs and organizations or start a new one.

  • Athletics

    Compete on one of our 23 NCAA teams (men’s lacrosse is Division I; the rest are Division III). Twelve more sports are being added over the next few years.


    Contribute to initiatives and dialogues that build belonging, celebrate diversity and expand social justice.


    Stay healthy and balanced by choosing among an array of activities, fitness classes, intramural sports and campus events. And go jump in a lake!


    Choose among a variety of healthy, delicious, on-campus dining options including the Cellar Pub and Au Bon Pain.


    Drawing clean energy from 20 acres of solar panels, the Colleges are on track to meet a goal of carbon neutrality by 2025.


    This program provides resources, programming and support for first-generation students and families.

  • LGBTQ+ Resource Center

    Build community in an environment that values and affirms the identities of LGBTQIA+ students, faculty and staff while also creating opportunities for allyship.

  • Counseling Center

    Whether it’s a class to reduce anxiety or stress, or a one-on-one counseling session, a network of peers and professionals are ready to support your journey.


    Celebrate and learn more about your religion and the faith traditions of those around you.


    Blend your coursework and co-curricular activities with your mindfulness practice.


    Urgent care, reproductive health and psychiatric services are available to keep your health on track.