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Hobart and William Smith Colleges Admission 2020-2021, Requirement, Deadline & Acceptance Rate

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Hobart & William Smith (HWS) Colleges received around 4453 applications for fall 2018 semester. The acceptance rate observed for this term was around 57%. Only 24% of the accepted applicants enrolled with the college.

  • Applications can be made online through the Common Application Portal.
  • SAT/ACT score submission is optional.
  • The college requires valid TOEFL/IELTS scores for non-native English speakers.
  • HWS offers an early decision option for admission to international applicants as well.
  • International candidates should complete their visa process in time.


Application PortalCommon Application/ Universal College Application
Application Fee$45
SAT Critical Reading Score620-690
SAT Math590-680
ACT Composite28
High School GPA3.43
Mode of PaymentCash/Money Order/Bank Transfer
Academic CalendarSemester-based
Intake SessionFall/Spring
Financial AidScholarships/Loans
Total Scholarships$19.6 million
Tuition Fees$54,060

HWS Colleges Admission Deadlines

The admission deadlines and other important dates for applicants are mentioned below:

DeadlinesAdmission Process
August 1Common Application Available
November 15Early Decision I application/Scholarship/Financial Aid due
January 15Early Decision I enrollment deadline
Early Decision II application/Scholarship/Financial aid due
February 1Regular Decision application/Scholarship available
March 1Early Decision II enrollment deadline
May 1Regular Decision enrollment deadline

HWS Colleges International Students Admission

The student body at the college represents around 35 countries worldwide. International applicants are required to fulfill additional requirements for admissions at HWS colleges. The details of these requirements are mentioned below:

Admission Requirements for International Applications

  • Candidates must submit all the official transcripts and school reports from each secondary and post-secondary institution attended previously.
  • If transcripts are not in English, translations of the transcripts must be provided.
  • Teacher Evaluations from two different teachers in major academic subjects (10th /11th/12th grade).
  • Mid-Year Report
  • Non-native English speakers must submit English language proficiency test scores.
  • Candidates may submit standardized testing scores (optional).
  • The submission of an early decision form is optional.
  • Certification of finances will also be mailed to the office of admission.

English Proficiency Test Score

International applicants are required to submit proof of English language proficiency. The minimum test score requirements for admissions are mentioned below:

English Language TestsMinimum Scores

Visa Process for International Candidates

  • HWS offers assistance to international students prior to their arrival regarding all visa related issues.
  • This includes the issuance of the I-20 form from the college.
  • The Director of International Student Affairs works closely with the offices of Admissions and Financial Aid to ensure smooth navigation of the complex process of obtaining the proper documentation to study in the United States.

Visa requirements are as follows:

  • After the student is selected for admission, the college will email the Certificate of Eligibility for a Student Visa (Form I-20 A/B). Once received, all the details should be checked carefully.
  • Completed non-immigration visa application form with a passport size photo.
  • A valid passport.
  • Receipt of visa application fee.
  • Evidence of SEVIS fee payment (I-901 receipt)

HWS Undergraduate Admissions

HWS offers 45 majors and 68 minors. International candidates have to follow a few specific requirements along with the general admission guidelines.

Where to apply: Common Application Portal

Admission Requirements:

  • Official Score
    • Translations of transcripts
  • Proof of ELP for international applicants
  • Standardized test scores (optional)
  • Early admission application form (optional)
  • Certificate of finances for international applicants
  • Transfer applicants requirements:
    • HWS accepts a maximum of two years of college-level work (up to 16 three-credit-hour courses) from other undergraduate institutions.
    • Only courses, in which students have earned a C or better, or its equivalent, are considered for transfer credit.

The admission policy is selective. The applicants are scrutinized crucially. The admissions decision is released by April 1 and the applicants are required to enroll with the college by May 1.

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