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  • 11/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 1 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Student Leaders, that are dedicated in their studies. Students here are very hard working, and are always putting their biggest effort into everything they do. Most of the student body is involved in one or more clubs, varsity sports, and/or intramural athletics.

    Tips for prospective students

    I suggest, not only for student for this school but for any prospective, to research the weather in the area, and do a visit during their worst season. This gives you a better idea of how you will be able to live in the climate. Also, I recommend determining what area you would like to live in, urban, rural, suburban. This can help you eliminate schools in general. Since this is a small liberal arts college I recommend doing and overnight, and getting acquainted with the campus/staff. Any prospective would benefit from an interview with the admissions staff, as well as an overnight and visiting a class.

    Bang for the buck

    HWS is a more expensive college, however they have many scholarship opportunities. You will be paying for great facilities, as well as small class sizes and excellent professors. The library IT staff is extremely helpful, as well as Career services and the Center for Teaching and Learning. They help you from day one, to improve yourself and your abilities as a student at HWS.

    Am enjoying being here

    I live in the area, so I am bias to saying that I enjoy being here. However, you can also say that the area is great, if I haven't wanted to leave. The lakes are amazing, and with the lake frontage that the college offers students are able to relax by the lake. The weather here gives you the best of each season. During fall you are able to enjoy local corn mazes, pumpkin carving, and other fun activities. During the winter and spring seasons you are also able to enjoy the beauty of the finger lakes. Our campus is very involved, having many events each weekend. Campus Activities Board works very hard to give the student body activities that they will enjoy, throughout the year. The campus is very small, and in the center of Geneva, which also easy access to any campus facilities, as well as the growing city. I can admit that it is a smaller town and can be boring at times, but the school works very hard to set up activities to keep students occupied. If you have a car, it is also a great center point between Rochester, Syracuse, and Binghamton.

    Am learning a lot

    I am currently taking a wide variety of classes, being a current first year. HWS has 8 required goals that must be completed for graduation. These goals help to broaden your horizon, while meeting your Major/Minor requirements. This school has great opportunities for any student that is willing to put effort in. Small class sizes allows for teacher student relationships that help you succeed. The professors are extremely accommodating, they have open office hours, as well as appointments if you don't have time during their office hours.

  • 05/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 2 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Employment changes within Campus Safety have led to a more rigorous enforcement of policies regarding noise violations, underage drinking, drug use, and possession of alcohol or drugs within the past year. However, students feel as though the attention of Campus Safety officers would be more beneficial regarding other aspects of campus. Within the 2011-2012 school year, there were at least six assaults and/or robberies of Hobart students by civilian men on South Main St, the corner of Puletney St and St. Claire St, and Hamilton St. The student body was not alerted to whether or not any arrests were made on the incidents, aside from initial reports from Campus Safety. However, it should be noted that the attacks occurred around 12 PM on the one weeknight incident and after 2:30 AM on the weekend incidents. The school also has a shuttle service moving throughout campus every night, and students can always call Campus Safety for a ride back to their dorm. Most students have not had problems, so as long as common sense is used.

    Greek Life

    Due to the coordinate college system, HWS only has fraternities, not sororities. Every few years, a group of WS women will attempt to establish one, but it will ultimately be voted out by the rest of the student body. This is generally considered to be because as women can attend the fraternity parties, there is no need to risk the other stigmas that sororities often carry. Hobart Fraternities include Chi Phi, Delta Chi, Kappa Alpha, Kappa Sigma, Phi Sigma Kappa, and Theta Delta Chi. Hobart men cannot rush until their sophomore year. Chi Phi and Kappa Sigma host the most parties open to the entire campus. All fraternities host exclusive socials and gatherings in addition to these parties. For more information on frat parties, see the What to do for fun section.

    Clubs and Activities

    For a school of its size, HWS more than accommodates the student body's need for extracurriculars. There are over 70 student organizations, a complete list of which can be seen here: http://hws.edu/studentlife/activities/clubs.asp. There are also 22 varsity and 11 club sports. Students can also create their own club or organization if they find that their needs are not met elsewhere. [The Campus Activities Board brings entertainment to campus every two weeks or so, including comedians and musicians. The 2011-2012 year featured performances from alum Sammy Adams, Ben Folds, and Passion Pit.

    Great for these types of students

    Globally conscious individuals will find the vast study abroad options and endless community service opportunities fulfilling. Dedicated students will feel at home, as the small class sizes and friendly professors leave no room for those who wish to breeze through school with little effort. Professors want to get to know you, and really care about your success. Student-athletes belong at HWS, not jocks. This is because of the lack of sports culture at the Colleges, except during Homecoming/Parents Weekend. Those that define themselves solely by their sport may feel under appreciated by the student body, compared to large, sports-oriented universities.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    -President Gearan and his wife welcome students into their home every Friday night for dinner or guest speakers. Every student will have been there at least once throughout their time at HWS. -During each First Year Orientation, the Hobart Deans and William Smith Deans host separate dinners to welcome their perspective incoming students. William Smith students are given a plant to raise and nurture throughout their time at school, an act meant to represent how WS raises and nurtures them. -Homecoming/Parents Weekend features a box car race along the west side of The Hill. The race was open to William Smith students for the first time in 2011. -Each December, Hope House hosts the Penguin Plunge, an event where students donate $5 to cancer research and race into the freezing Seneca Lake. -Towards the end of the spring semester, William Smith participates in Moving Up Day, during which students proceed down The Hill according to class and meet to recognize the graduating class and honor students who particularly excel. Students are given a pine cone, a reference to the WS pine tree, and a charm bracelet pertaining to their particular year.

    Bang for the buck

    Although HWS has a hefty price tag, the individualized attention even in lecture classes, unique learning opportunities, and resources such as the Career Center make it worth while. In addition, HWS is so generous with their scholarships and grants that students end up receiving more for less money than they would at other liberal arts schools.

    What to do for fun

    As HWS is in a small town, there is little to do nearby besides party. First years tend to rely upon the fraternities to fulfill this need, but due to an increase in Campus Safety's enforcement of serving policies, the frats have recently encouraged students to hydrate accordingly beforehand. Students do tire of the Greek scene within their first year, as dancing in a cramped basement with 300+ sweaty people can become old. It should be noted that parties are not available every weekend, especially during the winter, and do not compare to the level of party schools. Students can expand their party scene by joining particular activities and athletic teams. The seniors of these groups often throw parties off-campus for those involved. In an attempt to provide another alternative, HWS's Intercultural Affairs House hosts parties at the Barn most Friday nights. These events are mostly attended by people who attend other Intercultural Affairs House events, or in other words, those who are intercultural. As this is a school-sponsored event, there is no alcohol. Upperclassmen enjoy the bars and nightlife in downtown Geneva. Aside from partying, students can see a movie at the nearby theater, shop at the Waterloo Outlets, or travel to Rochester or Syracuse (each about an hour away) for more things to do. Despite the large drinking culture, prospective students should note that there is still no pressure to drink within social situations at HWS.

    Food and Dining

    HWS has three on-campus dining options: Saga, the Cafe, and The Cellar Pub. Saga is the only dining hall on campus, located in Scandling Center. Students choose their meal plan before each semester begins, and regardless of which plan you choose, Saga is the most available option. Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner daily, Saga has a pizza station, a classics station (which features home-style cooking), a grill, a vegetarian station, and a salad/sandwich station. Students tend to complain about the lack of variety of food as well as the quality, but you're not going to find Mom's cooking anywhere except home. It could be worse, but it could be a lot better too. The Cafe, also located in Scandling, resembles a mini food court with several restaurant stations: Grill 155* (featuring burgers, chicken fingers, etc.), Freshens Smoothies, Stacks (serving wraps, subs, and sandwiches), and Salsa Rico (featuring a variety of Mexican food). The Cafe also has pre-wrapped sandwiches, salads, wraps, sweet treats, etc. Students can either pay cash, or use the One-Swipe Meals or Snack Money available through their meal plan. However, remember that these meal plan options can go fast before the semester's over if you use them too frequently, which you will often be tempted and forced to do with the busy nature of college life. Saga may no longer be serving when your classes end, and the available cereal and salads during the off-hours cannot fulfill the deepest of hungers. The third and final option for on-campus dining is The Cellar Pub. Located beneath Coxe Hall, The Pub has a large menu packed with variety, featuring burgers, paninis, salads, pastas and more. The Pub also serves Starbucks drinks perfect for a between-classes pick-me-up. The Pub is the best dining option by far, but as it uses the same payment methods as the Cafe, is an unrealistic option for everyday dining and is best left for special occasions.

    Dorm Life

    HWS has eight co-ed residences, five female residences, and four all-male residences. The quality of dorms varies dramatically between the class year they are designated for as well as the sex of the residents. Jackson, Potter, and Reese, the co-ed First Year complex referred to as JPR, is often criticized by students for being loud around the clock and poor interior furnishings. However, JPR is the most abused of all the dorms by wild First Years, so why would the school invest money in decorating it well? The all-male residences are notorious for frequently smelling of pot and harboring dingy furnishings, also because of their more troublesome residences. Reportedly, the worst of the male dorms is Dirty Durfee. The female dorms are known to be the nicest on campus. They are generally better furnished than the other dorms, with the exception of Miller. Blackwell is the most luxurious of the dorms on The Hill, with the largest rooms on campus, often completed with hard wood floors and fireplaces. Comstock is the second-nicest of the female dorms, generally considered so for it's two elaborately decorated common rooms. Rooms on the first two floors share a bathroom with their neighbor. The basement, affectionately named Comstock Pond View, was recently renovated to accommodate for the incoming class and has nicer facilities than the other two floors. It should be noted that Pond View is substance free, but residents tend to not fully abide by their previous agreement. Hirshson and Miller are the other two dorms on The Hill, and boast large rooms despite the dingier furnishings. McCormick House, although not on The Hill, is a substance free, female dorm for upperclassmen. Co-ed dorms include deCordova Hall (aka South), Caird Hall (aka North), Emerson, Sherrill, and Hale. deCordova, Caird, and Emerson make up what is called the DEC Hill. deCordova and Caird are twin buildings that have single, double, and triple rooms for upperclassmen. Both built in 2005, the dorms boast modern furnishings and well decorated common rooms, bringing the best of the gorgeous dorms on The Hill to a more social atmosphere. Both dorms have two game rooms in addition to the large lounges on each floor, and deCordova has a cafe. Emerson, the third building on the DEC Hill, is entirely made up of suites, most often occupied by juniors. Hale, located in the mini-quad along with many of the all male dorms, is made up of singles, doubles and quads. Sh%!!$ Sherrill is less nice, and is also available to First Years. Juniors and seniors are permitted to live in Odells, the on-campus, condominium-style housing adjacent to the football field. In addition to the dorms and Odells, upperclassmen can apply to live in theme houses, homes owned and operated by the school that accommodate students that possess a common interest or goal. This is often a method of students that have a high number for the housing lottery who do not want to risk being placed in an undesirable dorm situation. Students can apply to an already established house, like Hope House, residents of which participate in fundraising for cancer research. Students can also apply to create their own theme house if their interests are not already represented. However, this option is very competitive as friends often band together in creating a theme house in an attempt to gain housing exclusive to a particular social group. Seniors are the only students that can live off-campus, unless one's health or financial situation make on-campus housing an issue.

    Academic Rigor

    College is as hard as you make it. If you set your standards high, do not procrastinate, and consistently push yourself on assignments, you will do well. However, if you party frequently, consistently procrastinate, fail to seek help when you need it, and feel comfortable with mediocre work, you will be disappointed with your GPA. Furthermore, remember that GPA is not simply an indicator of your academic excellence, but a reflection of how much you are getting out of your education.

    Tips for prospective students

    1) Visit if possible. Like all universities and colleges, the atmosphere of HWS cannot be fully captured through online research. 2) Do not let the price tag deter you from applying. HWS is very generous with scholarships and grants.

    In three sentences

    Hobart and William Smith is more than a school, but a community. Students are encouraged to surpass their preconceived limits for excellence through a diverse 8-goal system, responsive and engaged professors, and thought-provoking class discussions.

  • 08/13/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 3 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    HWS is great for student athletes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to meet as many people as you can right from when you get on campus. Also just visit all the schools you can to get a feel for which is the best fit.

    Bang for the buck

    It is an expensice school, but you get alot for it. It was a priceless career center, and you make great relationships with the faculty. I never had a teaching aid in any of the classes this past year.

    Am enjoying being here

    Since it is a small town school, everything takes place on campus. Being one of the few students from the west coast, I really enjoyed the fact that all the action took place close by.

    Am learning a lot

    Since it is a liberal arts college, I spent my first year taking a wide variety of classes to try to figure out what suits me best. It has a huge range and they really encourage their students to have a varied education. There are no required classes but there are ceratin goals that the school makes everyone reach througout the four years.

  • 02/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 4 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus safety are very chill people and usually wont bust your chops but if they do see something wrong they respond immediately and thank god for them. I know they have saved many lives from their quick paced thinking and actions.

    Greek Life

    We have fraternities but no sororities, sorry.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many cultural clubs which i am a part of and they all throw different annual events specific to their clubs orientation.

    What to do for fun

    there is a shopping center 15 minutes away, movie theater, roller skating rink 30 minutes away, fraternity parties, cultural club parties, other annual club events and more.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is excellent and the dining choices on and off campus are the students' most raved about thing. We have the famous Joe's Hot restaurant which is the most popular choice of students right across the street from the bristol gym on campus.

    Dorm Life

    As first years there are both single sex and co-ed dormitories. They consist of a decent amount of diversity and there is never a need to feel like you aren't welcome anywhere on campus. I almost found it strange that so many strangers would say hi and want to talk to me coming from a city like New York.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are academics anywhere you go and Hobart is no exception to the rule. You get out of it what you put in and everyone is expected to work really hard in order to get the most efficient education possible. There are many tools here to help students who find themselves not living up to their potential.

    Tips for prospective students

    Prospective students should ask as many questions as they can while checking the school out so that they know whether it is the best fit for them and if you decide to come here find a really great professor or dean that can be your mentor intellectually.

    In three sentences

    Hobart is a very interesting place with many opportunities available to those students who aren't afraid to go out and get them. The faculty is beyond helpful and will challenge you intellectually if they know you can handle it. Also, the environment on and off campus is a very humble one that forces you to look outside of yourself and ultimately grow as a human being.

  • 09/28/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 3 people found this review useful. 5 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Don't mind staying on campus all the time.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the school and be prepared to have nothing to do outside of the campus. Getting around is not easy either. Try to really picture yourself in cold winter weather walking around the campus, it seems nice until its 30 degrees and you have to walk a 20-30 mins to the art department.

    Bang for the buck

    Your paying for things to look nice. The school is good but I personally don't see where the money goes half the time. I'll admit the school is nice but its boring as hell here.

    Am enjoying being here

    I hate it here. I'm actually looking to transfer, when I applied I thought not having city life around campus wouldn't bother me but it does matter. Especially when you want to get off campus there is very little to do. And the movie theater here is a joke and sketchy. It's not a bad school it's just not for me.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors do care, and they are very nice.

  • 01/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Get involved! The campus is tiny, and may seem pretty boring if you don't put yourself out there and are not open to new experiences. There are lots of cultural events and groups - try joining a group, going to an event; don't be afraid to step out of your comfort zone a little.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest doing an overnight visit, not just for HWS, but for any college in general. By doing an overnight and attending a class or two you will get a feel for what type of students go there and whether or not the school feels right for you. I would also suggest researching the area, especially the weather.

    Bang for the buck

    HWS is a very expensive college. They do offer scholarships, but be prepared to apply for lots of outside scholarships to help cover the cost. However, the school is well worth the cost. The professors are excellent and super-qualified, and are always more than willing to drop what they are doing to help students during their office hours, or to schedule an appointment with students who can't make it to office hours. Career Services are extremely helpful, and offer a Pathways program which helps students prepare for their future after collegel.

    Am enjoying being here

    Coming from a big city to a small town like Geneva was not what I expected it to be. Despite the small size of the campus and surrounding town, there is so much to do! There is a Campus Activities Board that works very hard to plan events that the students will enjoy, from concerts to carnivals to movie screenings. Anyone can join the CAB and give their opinions about what kinds of events should be planned. The area is beautiful. There is access to the lake, lots of trees, and beautiful architecture. The college is very close to the downtown area (within walking distance), and there are a variety of good restaurants. It is also very close to a grocery store, and the colleges provide shuttles and trolleys to and from the grocery store, as well as several other locations throughout the town.

    Am learning a lot

    I'm taking a variety of classes, and I love all of them! HWS isn't like a lot of colleges in that it has strict limitations for required classes. There are 8 goals which must be achieved throughout 4 years at the colleges, but they are very flexible and accommodating. It's obvious that the professors all love what they do, which makes your learning experience so much better because all the professors are helpful and enthusiastic. The school also has excellent an excellent Career Services building which is incredibly helpful for current students as well as alumni.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They are always close by when you need them, and even when you don't. They are super friendly when you need their help.

    Bang for the buck

    President Mark Gearan is well connected and invites some big names to visit campus. People like Rev Harold Middlebrook, Cornel West, Howard Zinn, and Hilary Clinton have recently lectured at HWS campus.

    What to do for fun

    there are 70 clubs, and it's easy to start one. if you don't like anything going on on campus, take a swim in the lake!

    Food and Dining

    There is one dining hall and one pub on campus. Many houses use co-op meal plans. There are limited kitchens in the dorms.

    Dorm Life

    After you get through first year, things look up. Co-ed and single sex housing available. HWS has everything from dorms to houses to fraternaties, but no sororities, William Smith prides itself in being it's own college wide sorority.

    Academic Rigor

    Like most things in life, you get what you put into it. Most professors expect your best work, and when you deliver it, you get good results!

    Tips for prospective students

    It's a small campus, but a diverse student body. The small classroom setting is ideal for interpersonal learners. If you want a liberal arts school which offers flexibility in coursework (you can make your own major!) HWS is it!

    In three sentences

    HWS provides an excellent liberal arts education. The faculty is amazing, and the staff is friendly. The residential campus is small and beautifully situated at the edge of Seneca Lake.

  • 06/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There have been a few incidents with Geneva locals in the past, but as long as you don't walk alone at night there won't be a problem. Campus Safety is great about helping you whenever you feel unsafe; they will come pick you up and drive you home if you are uncomfortable walking at any time of day or night. They are mostly pretty cool guys from my experience as well and as long as you're nice to them, they'll be nice to you.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is a big part of campus life. While there are no sororities at this time, there are 7 fraternities on campus that involve many different types of people. Anyone who I have talked to says that their experiences with their fraternities have been the best part of their time at HWS.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 60 different clubs for students to join--from language clubs, community service, 2 magazines and a newspaper, club sports, and anything else you could think of. The club fair during orientation is a great time for students to find things that they love, and meet others that love the same things.

    Bang for the buck

    Though Hobart and William Smith is a pretty expensive school, I believe that the education and the experience students receive in their 4 years is worth the cost. The professors are exceptional, and students learn more than they ever imagined. The career services center is dedicated to helping students find internships and jobs when they graduate. Study Abroad is an extremely popular choice for students at HWS, and the team helps to make sure that everyone who is interested gets to go somewhere. I really feel that I made the right choice coming to HWS.

    What to do for fun

    There are tons of clubs and activities--at least 60--to join on campus. Community service is a big element at HWS and there are days of service every so often on the weekends. In addition, there are always sports games going on somewhere on campus that many students attend. Greek life is also very popular; there are no sororities, but there are 7 fraternities on campus.

    Food and Dining

    HWS dining services is one of the few low points of the school. However, the other on campus dining options (the cafe and the pub) both have good food so you can switch it up. In addition, Geneva has multiple great restaurants that are very close to the school that students can take advantage of.

    Dorm Life

    Upperclassmen dorms and theme houses are really great, while freshman dorms are not the best. What the freshmen dorms do offer is an opportunity to get to know people. All freshman live together, and there is always something going on just two steps outside your room. You will get to meet so many people during your first year. And after that, the upperclassmen dorms are very clean and new, and theme houses are great because they are more private and you can live with people who have the same interests as you. All in all the dorm life is pretty good at HWS.

    Academic Rigor

    I would not say that the classes at HWS are impossibly difficult. I would say, however, that professors hold students to a high standard. They expect you to do the work, but in return, students get an opportunity to learn from some of the most incredible professors around. Each class I have taken at HWS has granted me knowledge and skills that I really appreciate, and that I will keep with me even after I graduate.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip for a prospective student is to get involved in as much as you can. HWS offers multiple different clubs and organizations, and it's not only a great way to make new friends, but it's also a way to find new interests that you may never have thought you had before. There are a lot of new opportunities for all kinds of different students.

    In three sentences

    Hobart and William Smith Colleges is a great experience academically and socially. The professors really care about the subjects that they teach, and they really get to know you personally in such a small classroom setting. I have learned so much from my 2 years here so far and can't wait to expand my knowledge into the many different fields that they offer.

  • 06/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Great campus safety.

    Greek Life

    There are frats but no sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many club that throw amazing events, but more people need to experiment and attend. It is so frustrating when people do not participate in clubs or club events.

    Great for these types of students

    its good for people who are preppy.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Quad Days in the spring semester, people all drink and hang out on the beautiful sunny quad.

    Bang for the buck

    Go to Joes Hots!

    What to do for fun

    Its hard to have fun unless you are over 21, but if you have a good amount of friends to hang out with you should be fine.

    Food and Dining

    There is only one cafeteria, which has decent food. There are two other eating options on campus, but the food can get old fast.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awful, but that is the same for most schools. When you become an upperclassman you have the chance to live in non-dorms and that should be taken advantage of.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the student and how they apply themselves. There are some classes that require to take labs that are more demanding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you know what you want to take before you come here. There are some departments in Hobart and William Smith that is stronger than others. The science and econ department is great, but the Asian studies department is not as good as other institutions. Despite some minor department problems, students can thrive no matter the situation if only they apply themselves. There are many professors in all the departments who are amazing in their field.

    In three sentences

    Hobart and William Smith is a school with many opportunities, but students have to make the effort to take them. Since it is a very small school, one can tell who is and is not active on campus. There should be more participation in students.

  • 07/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    10 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Not very healthy options. There's always a new dish everyday so you don't have to worry about getting bored. However some of the choices are terrible for you - chicken alfredo.

    Dorm Life

    There's a lot of underage drinking. Very little campus security presence. Be prepared to find your own friends because the RA's aren't very helpful.

    Academic Rigor

    There's lots of reading involved. Be prepared to spend numerous hours reading over books. These will be used in class but still take up a lot of your time.

  • 02/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students that want to be challenged in their classes.

    Bang for the buck

    The school is very expensive but it is worth every penny!

    What to do for fun

    Fraternity parties, sports events

    Tips for prospective students

    Look for a school that teaching is the professor's first priority. Many large university professors care more about their research than the students.

    In three sentences

    This is an amazing school and great academic environment. The professors will go out of their way to help you do well. The campus is also beautiful!

  • 04/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The Office of Campus Safety maintains a safe, secure environment conducive to the educational, professional and personal growth of all members of the campus community. The department meets these challenges by enforcing the rules and regulations set forth by Colleges authorities, maintaining order, keeping the peace, safeguarding lives and property, preventing and detecting crime and helping those in need. The department also provides expertise and educational services in the areas of self-protection, crime prevention, sexual assault deterrence, personal security, workplace safety and environmental health. HWS Campus safety officers appreciate the need to work closely and effectively with a culturally and socially diverse population and treat everyone with courtesy, respect, compassion and professionalism.

    Greek Life

    Unfortunately Hobart and William Smith Colleges only has fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    http://www.hws.edu/studentlife/activities/clubs.asp

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus is located on Seneca Lake it over looks the lake. It honestly is a beautiful campus year round.

    Bang for the buck

    This college has excellent networking and so many successful alumni.

    What to do for fun

    The campus activities board provides students with emails weekly about things going on on campus. There is something fun to do every weekend.

    Food and Dining

    Three main dining places. There are also many meal plan options.

    Dorm Life

    There are many housing options for students on campus, co-ed, single sex, substance free and many others.

    Academic Rigor

    You take four classes a semester and can speak with your dean about possibly taking five. All of the classes you take work well together so things you have learned in other courses carry over.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not let the price deter you from looking here they offer many scholarships.

    In three sentences

    It is a wonderful college with professors who care about their students. They are always willing to help you during office hours and by email. Here all of your professors know your name and a little about you.

  • 12/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is very evident on campus. It is very rare to not see campus safety, which students call campo on the campus. Although, campo is everywhere on the campus, they are definitely able to come to a person right away if they feel uncomfortable, or in a risky situation.

    Greek Life

    There are only fraternities on campus, and the existance of sororities on the campus is voted on every few years which is normally rejected by the William Smith Congress. So it can vary depending on what a student is interested in.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs on campus, that as a first year, you feel over whelmed to join them all. But during the beginning of the year, the clubs are all lined out on the quad, so it is easy to find a club on campus that a student might be interested in. A student can also create a club if they wish.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    For freshmen students that are apart of the William Smith College, will receive their own William Smith plant, which the dean hopes that you should be able to keep alive for all four years while attending the college.

    What to do for fun

    There a lot of things to do on campus for fun, which can vary for students depending on what they are interested in. But the school provides trips to visit other locations near the school, there are parties on campus, and a lot of clubs as well.

    Food and Dining

    At first I thought the food and dining at the university would be terrible, but once I got on campus, there were many options that a student could have. There is the regular dining hall called saga, the Cellar Pub, the Cafe and De Cordova Cafe on the campus, which all provide pretty good food for students.

    Dorm Life

    I live on the hill on the campus, which is the all-girls dorms at the school. So it is primarily quiet and not that much excitement like the other dorms on the campus. The only issue that a student might come across on the hill is a bad roommate or dirty bathrooms. But the janitors clean the restrooms everyday. There are also all-male houses, fraternities, and co-ed houses as well.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the professors, academic expectations are high for students. The professors that I have experienced so far had high expectations of me because I had high expectations of them. But the professors are extremely willing to help every student.

    Tips for prospective students

    My advice would be that you should visit the campus first to really understand whether or not you will be comfortable in the environment, since I am from a big city, I had culture shock when I went to Geneva because I never visited the campus, thus it would be a good idea to do so.

    In three sentences

    Hobart and William Smith Colleges is a lovely school. As a William Smith student, I find that the colleges are extremely helpful in assisting students in choosing an academic area that would best suit them, and the professors are extremely encouraging and helpful. Although the school is in a rural area, it is a beautiful campus.

  • 12/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    If you like to go to parties, then just ask upper classmen around campus about where the parties are; they are every weekend. There sports games during the weekend and during the week for students to attend. You can go off-campus to see a performance or go to a restaurant with friends and if you have your student ID card for a performance, you can attend the show for free.

    Food and Dining

    The food in all the dining halls is quite good. Eating at the main dining hall is recommended because on the main food plan the food at the dining hall is free. Most of the dining halls (except for the main dining hall) stay open late for students.

    Dorm Life

    The single sex dorms on the hill are amazing. The rooms have a lot of room and the closets are big. The RA's are always willing to talk to you about anything and always make themselves available to students.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses are challenging but not overwhelmingly challenging. The faculty are always willing to stop a lecture and clarify anything a student might have trouble on. You should always conference with the faculty if you really do not understand something; otherwise, you should visit the student tutors (teaching assistants) around campus to get help from them in a specific subject.

    Tips for prospective students

    You should visit HWS for more than one tour of the campus to show your interest to the admissions people. I highly recommend having an interview with someone from admissions right after your tour. Before and after you are accepted, come back to HWS for their accepted students day in the spring and come back for revisit days during the Fall.

  • 03/19/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 of 15

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have a blue-light system, and campo is very attentive.

    Greek Life

    Only Frats create a unique dynamic on campus. People are more inclusive and inviting, because the parties are not mixers with only one sorority.

    Clubs and Activities

    So many great club sports available to students on campus.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who feel comfortable in a prep-school environment. Also great for women who want to feel empowered and unique, but not necessarily attend an all women's college

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Quad Olympics is one of the most attended events on campus. It is typically held on the warmest day of the year, and includes the entire campus for a day of fun activities on the quad.

    Bang for the buck

    Excellent education, and wonderful alumni connections

    What to do for fun

    On a beautiful fall day, hang out on the dock by the lake with your friends. In the winter, attend the Cooler to cheer on the statesmen hockey players. In the spring, watch our Division 1 lacrosse team, or have a blast with your friends during Quad Olympics.

    Food and Dining

    Saga is our dining hall, which serves a variety of hot meals every day. The Cafe takes meal points, and has only a select few options The Pub serves alcoholic beverages (to those 21 and over) as well as delicious salads, sandwiches, and fried food.

    Dorm Life

    There is so much variety of living areas on campus. There are co-ed dorms, single-sex dorms, theme-houses, fraternity houses, condominiums, apartments and off-campus houses.

    Academic Rigor

    The school work it definitely challenging, but some classes are harder than others. There are also wonderful support systems if needed that are available to all students.

    Tips for prospective students

    -Try to meet as many different types of people as possible. -Take advantage of all the wonderful opportunities that HWS provides you with -Put yourself out there!

    In three sentences

    HWS is a hidden gem in upstate New York. It is a very small community that is friendly and a good place to make a name for yourself. The professors are wonderful, and the students work hard and party hard.