Located on 195 acres in the heart of New York State's Finger Lakes Region, Hobart and William Smith are independent liberal arts colleges distinctive for providing highly individualised education. Guided by an interdisciplinary curriculum grounded in exploration and rigour, the colleges prepare students to think critically. Through robust programmes in career development, study-abroad, service, leadership and athletics, the colleges foster an environment that values global citizenship, teamwork, ethics, inclusive excellence and cultural competence.
The colleges enjoy a rich heritage based on a two-college system rooted in interdisciplinary teaching and research. Originally founded as two separate colleges (Hobart for men in 1822 and William Smith for women in 1908), HWS now operates under a coordinate college system. All students share the same same campus, faculty, administration and curriculum. Each college maintains its own traditions, deans, student government and athletic department. Men graduate from Hobart College, whereas women graduate from William Smith College.