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Hobart William Smith Colleges was founded in 1822 as a private school. Today, it is a not-for-profit institution that offers an education to undergraduate students and students seeking their master’s degrees. The student population isn’t really that big, just a little more than 2,000 students altogether. However, this is likely what makes the student-to-faculty ratio so god, sitting at just 10 to 1.
Overview of Hobart William Smith Colleges
The school is located in Geneva, New York, sitting right at the top of Seneca Lake, one of the finger lakes near Lake Ontario. It’s a small town, making it less likely that you’ll find much in the way of nightlife, but there is plenty of outdoors to enjoy.
The campus buildings are separated by expanses of green lawn and trees—perfect to study under. You and your fellow students will be able to stay on campus in dorms and enjoy everything that goes along with that as a freshman.
|School Type||Private not-for-profit|
|Campus Setting||Town: Distant|
|Student Faculty Ratio||10:1|
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|High School GPA||Considered But Not Required|
|High School Rank||Considered But Not Required|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||Required|
|SAT/ACT||Considered But Not Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)||Required|
|Application Deadline||February 1|
|Common Application Accepted||Yes|
Tuition Cost & Financial Aid
Attendance at Hobart Williams Smith College is definitely not cheap. Tuition is relatively expensive, as is room and board. Altogether, the total price of attendance for one year averages around $74,400. This covers room and board, tuition, books, supplies, and other costs.
You likely won’t have to pay the whole amount. In a recent academic year, the average net price was $37,761; this refers to the cost that is left for students to pay after financial aid is fully applied. Because eligibility for financial aid is determined by a family’s annual income, those who make less money will end up with a lower average net price for which they are responsible. Families earning less than $30,000 pay around $13,283, which is much more manageable. Families earning between $48,001 and $75,000 pay around $26,135 and families earning more than $110,001 pay around $41,657.
Almost every freshman student in a recent academic year received financial aid; 98% received an average of $34,279 in grants and scholarships and somewhat less qualified for an average of $32,262 in institutional grants and scholarships.
|Average net price||2018-2019|
|Average Total Aid||$34,279|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||98%|
|Room & Board||$15,345|
- Tuition In-State - $57,030
- Tuition Out-of-State - $57,030
- Books and Supplies - $1,300
- Room & Board - $15,345
- Other - $700
You might already know what you want to major in; the most popular degree programs at HWSC are social sciences, biological and biomedical sciences, communication and journalism, psychology, and English language and literature.
The retention rate at HWSC is excellent at 88%, showing that a majority of freshmen students choose to return to the school for their second year. The 4-year graduation rate is 73% and the 6-year rate is 77%. These rates may seem low but are actually very good as the national average is only in the 60s.
As you choose your classes for each semester, you’ll want to be extra careful to make sure there is no time conflict between them; this college doesn’t offer either evening classes or online classes if you run into scheduling conflicts. If you have to work, it would be best to find a position that allows you to work on days and times when your classes aren’t in session.
Student Population Total
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|All Social Sciences Majors||126 Total Graduates / 27%|
|Economics, General||57 Graduates|
|Political Science and Government, General||33 Graduates|
|International Relations and Affairs||15 Graduates|
|All Biological & Biomedical Majors||57 Total Graduates / 12%|
|Biology/Biological Sciences, General||43 Graduates|
|Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs||52 Total Graduates / 11%|
|Computer and Information Sciences, General||17 Graduates|
|All Psychology Majors||29 Total Graduates / 6%|
|Psychology, General||29 Graduates|
|English Language and Literature/Letters||27 Total Graduates / 6%|
|Writing, General||16 Graduates|
|English Language and Literature, General||11 Graduates|
|All Other Diplomas||38%|
Outcome & Salary
Graduates can expect to earn a decent income after graduating from Hobart William Smith Colleges. They can expect to start earning an annual average salary of $56,200 in their early career. And their average mid-career salary is $121,300; that’s pretty good!
Your 4-year cost of education will probably be around the average of $151,044. Graduates 10-year salary earning potential is around $702,130 and their 20-year earning potential is $1,915,130. After you deduct the average cost of education, a graduate’s 10-year projected ROI is $551,086 and their 20-year projected ROI is $1,764,086, which is excellent.
You can compare these expected graduate salaries to the salary of the average high school graduate who starts working after high school. Their national average salary is $38,792, their 10-year projected income is $387,920, and their 20-year projected income is $775,840.
|College Grads Early Career Salary||$56,200|
|College Grads Average Salary||$70,213|
|College Grads Mid Career Salary||$121,300|
|Return on Investment (ROI)|
|10 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$702,130|
|20 Year Salary Earnings Potential||$1,915,130|
|Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year||$151,044|
|10 Year Projected ROI||$551,086|
|20 Year Projected ROI||$1,764,086|
|No College Education Salary Comparison|
|National Average Salary||$38,792|
|10 Year Projected Income||$387,920|
|20 Year Projected Income||$775,840|
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