Hobart & William Smith Colleges


Prestigious, Practice-Based Psychology Education at HWS

Hobart & William Smith Colleges appears in our ranking of the 50 Great Small Colleges for a Bachelor’s in Psychology.

At Gulick Hall, Hobart & William Smith Colleges offers a Psychology Major (B.A./B.S.) with a 10:1 student-faculty ratio for learning the cognitive and social processes that underlie people’s behaviors. Chaired by Dr. Julie Newman Kingery, the 2016 CTL Innovative Teaching Grant recipient, this 32-credit, four-year curriculum requires 11-16 disciplinary courses like Child Psychology and Topics in Personality. Minors, including social justice and community development, are available. Upperclassmen must complete 120+ contact hours at internship sites, such as the Happiness House, Finger Lakes Health, Victor Primary School, Riverside Outpatient Clinic, and Hillside Family Center. Majors might also attend the Society of Behavioral Medicine Conference, join Psi Chi, semester in Maastricht, research in Fisher Center, and enter the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program. HWS Herons have 90 percent placement success with Harvard, Loyola, Syracuse, Tufts, Fairleigh Dickinson, and other graduate schools.

About Hobart & William Smith Colleges

Hobart & William Smith Colleges originated on May 3, 1796, when Rev. Henry Axtell met with three commissioners in Seneca to establish Geneva Academy for Genesee County settlers. Chartered by New York State in March 1813, Geneva Academy was soon closed in 1817. Five years later, John Henry Hobart funded the building of Geneva College nearby. In 1834, Edward Cutbush created Geneva Medical College to train physicians. In 1849, Elizabeth Blackwell notably became the first female M.D. graduate in the United States here. In 1852, Geneva College was renamed in honor of its Episcopal bishop founder. On December 13, 1906, the William Smith School for Women welcomed an inaugural class of 18 ladies to Geneva. In 1922, Hobart & William Smith Colleges starting holding joint commencements. In 1943, HWS joined the Naval V-12 Training Program. In 1986, HWS developed its core liberal arts curriculum. By 2002, Hobart & William Smith Colleges had the first LGBT/queer studies major.

Endowed for $232.1 million, Hobart & William Smith Colleges now employs 234 faculty teaching 2,208 undergrad and 12 post-grad Herons from 30 countries on its 170-acre Geneva campus along Seneca Lake with 90+ organizations like Psychology Club for 86 percent retention. In 2017, Hobart & William Smith earned a National CASE Platinum Circle of Excellence Award. In 2015, HWS won the Brad Smith Debate Tournament Award. Hobart & William Smith Colleges has produced 11 Fulbright Scholars since 2000 too. The U.S. News & World Report ranked HWS the 72nd best liberal arts college and 60th top undergrad school. On Niche, HWS boasts America’s 136th best professors and 189th best academics. The Princeton Review placed Hobart & William Smith 15th for alumni networking and third for studying abroad. Forbes crowned HWS the 133rd top private institution. Kiplinger’s named HWS the 164th best value.

Hobart & William Smith Colleges Accreditation Details

On June 26, 2014, the Middle States Commission on Higher Education (MSCHE) informed Hobart & William Smith Colleges that the Level III accreditation status was satisfactorily reaffirmed without sanctions through the next 2023-24 evaluation under President Joyce P. Jacobsen, Ph.D., who accepted the Binswanger Prize for Excellence in Teaching. Located 276 miles down Interstate 476 in Philadelphia, this superb six-state Northeast Region accreditor is recognized by the U.S. Education Department to review HWS’s 45 baccalaureate majors, 68 minors, and Master of Arts in Teaching program.

Hobart & William Smith Colleges Application Requirements

Admission to Hobart & William Smith Colleges is classified as “very selective” by Peterson’s since only 2,578 of the 4,533 Fall 2018 applicants were chosen for 42 percent acceptance. First-year Herons pursuing the Psychology Major (B.A./B.S.) must have acquired a high school diploma or GED certificate. Completing an NYS Regents curriculum or 22-unit, college-prep equivalent is preferred. The Class of 2022 reported an average secondary GPA of 3.43. Mid-range admitted SAT scores were 620-690 for reading and 590-680 for math. The middle 50th percentile had ACT scores of 26-30. Since 2006, Hobart & William Smith has been test-optional for holistic reviews though. Psychology Department transfers must have at least two years remaining. A maximum of 16 accredited three-credit courses graded C or greater are eligible for transfer. International learners from non-English countries need at least 6.5 IELTS or 80 TOEFL iBT scores. The Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program is reserved for New York residents with a household income of $80,346 or less.

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Hobart & William Smith Colleges has freshman deadlines of November 15th for Early Decision I, January 15th for Early Decision II, and February 1st for Regular Decision. Psychology Major (B.A./B.S.) transfers must file before July 15th for Fall or November 1st for Spring enrollment. It’s suggested non-U.S. residents apply by June 1st or October 1st. Accordingly, complete the Common Application online with the $45 non-refundable fee or waiver. Send official transcripts to 300 Pulteney Street in Geneva, NY 14456. Forward optional test reports using SAT/TOEFL code 2294 or ACT code 2758. Attach supplemental documents, such as the Early Decision form, certification of finances, mid-year report, two teacher evaluations, essay response, and CSS profile. Contact (315) 781-3000 or admissions@hws.edu with questions.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For 2019-20, Hobart & William Smith Colleges is charging Psychology Major (B.A./B.S.) tuition of $55,835 annually. Undergrads spend $27,917 each semester full-time. Bachelor’s students cover the $350 wellness fee, $370 activity fee, and $475 technology fee yearly. Car registration fees are $125 to $175. Study abroad surcharges cost $600 each term. Freshmen pay one-time enrollment down payments of $500 by May 1st. Living at the Geneva campus dorms like Comstock Hall adds $7,955 for standard room rent. The Finger Lakes meal plan for Scandling Center is $7,390 extra each year. HWS budgets $1,300 for textbooks and $700 for personal expenses. Annual undergrad attendance equals about $72,040 on-site or $57,255 at home.

According to the NCES College Navigator, the Office of Financial Aid on Demarest Hall’s Lower Level helps 96 percent of new full-time HWS Herons receive tuition help averaging $31,464 apiece for $19.09 million combined. Institutional funds include the Seneca Scholarship, William Scandling Trustee Scholarship, Elizabeth Blackwell Pioneer in Science Scholarship, Trustee Scholarship for Environmental Sustainability, Finger Lakes Scholarship, Dean’s Scholarship, Edward Rigney Debate Scholarship, Janet Seeley Scholarship, Edward Griffith Scholarship, Arthur Dove Scholarship, Deborah Tall Scholarship, Lindsay Lafford Scholarship, and Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program. The Presidential Scholarship for Inclusive Excellence gifts $35,000 annually to freshmen with minimum 1370 SAT or 30 ACT scores. The $25,000 Centennial Center Scholarship assists community service leaders with cumulative GPAs above 3.5. Federal resources, such as the Pell Grant and Work-Study Award, require FAFSA applications coded 002731. New Yorkers can also utilize the Tuition Assistance Program, Enhanced Tuition Award, Aid to Native Americans, Flight 3407 Memorial Scholarship, and more.

Keep reading about Hobart & William Smith Colleges at the Psychology Department website.

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