Dear Parents,

Congratulations and welcome to the Hobart and William Smith community.

As the Director of Parent Programs, I look forward to working with you over the course of your student’s HWS career. As a parent of two kids in college, I understand the pride, excitement and, yes, even the anxiety that you are likely feeling right now.

Over the next four years, your student will face challenges, explore new interests and grow as a person. You have placed your trust in Hobart and William Smith, and we intend to honor that trust by supporting your student during every step of that process. Our goal is to ensure that your student leaves us with the tools necessary to be successful.

Your student’s first experience at HWS, Orientation, will take place from Thursday, Aug. 18 – Sunday, Aug. 21. Programming for families will also take place on Thursday, Aug. 18, connecting you to resources across campus. The full schedule of events will be posted at a later date.

I am available throughout the summer at (315) 781-4068 or You or your student may also contact our student-run Orientation staff at or (315) 781-3041.

Again, please accept my congratulations and warm welcome.


Jennifer Murray
Director of Parent Programs


Please visit the Parents and Families webpage for more information and updates.


Throughout your childs HWS experience, we will be contacting you primarily through mail and e-mail. If your home or email addresses change during the summer months, please contact the Office of Parent Relations at or complete our Directory Information Form.