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Rank: 157

Hobart William Smith Colleges

Geneva, NYwww.hws.edu
Hobart and William Smith is a small private school, but not as small as it was over a decade ago. The college grew from 1,800 students in 2005 to its current size of approximately 2,300, while maintaining a student-faculty ratio of 10:1. Teachers are accessible: Nearly all students talk about course material with professors outside of class. Hobart and William Smith was originally founded as two separate colleges -- one for men and one for women -- in 1822 and 1908, respectively, but they came under a single umbrella in 1943. Students share the campus, faculty, and curriculum, but the men's and women's schools maintain their own traditions and student governments. All students can choose from 45 majors and 60 minors, the most popular being economics, communications, and political science. The school is objectively a good value despite the high tuition cost as more than 90% of students receive financial aid. HWS is in the Finger Lakes region of New York, known for beautiful scenery and small wineries, and the school's 320-acre campus overlooks Seneca Lake. Alumni include TV producer Brad Falchuk and billionaire businesswoman Abigail Johnson.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$72,900
% of students who get any grants
89%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$45,100
Average price for low-income students
$17,800
admissions
Acceptance rate
64%
Median SAT/ACT Score
1240/28
SAT/ACT required?
No
Enrollment
2,220
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
99%
% of need met
78%
% of students who get merit* grants
35%
Average merit grant
$16,040
student success
Graduation rate
81%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$27,000
Average salary within 3 years
$53,600
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
36%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 15
Regular application
Feb 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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