Since 2001, Hobart and William Smith Colleges have moved 16 spots in the U.S. News & World Report rankings, this year coming in at number 60 in the “National Liberal Arts Colleges” category in its 2013 Best Colleges guidebook. Significantly, the Colleges’ academic reputation was ranked three points higher this year than last.
U.S. News & World Report bases its process on a number of criteria that include graduation rates, percentage of alums donating to their alma maters, reputation among peer institutions, the academic profile of incoming students and retention rates. With steady improvement in all of these categories in the past several years, Hobart and William Smith moved four spots from last year.
Hobart and William Smith have been included in numerous recent guides such as The Princeton Review‘s 2012 edition of “The Best 376 Colleges,” where HWS were named among the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education, and in “The Fiske Guide to Colleges,” as part of the 2013 revised and updated edition. SmartMoney has recognized the outreach and support of its Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development naming Hobart and William Smith as an exceptional investment, listing the Colleges as 10th in its ranking of private “Colleges that Help Grads Get Top Salaries.”
The Colleges have been named in the President’s Higher Educational Community Service Honor Roll and singled out with Distinction – one of only eight colleges in New York State to be named. HWS have also received the Carnegie classification for civic engagement and, earlier this year, were named the Business of the Year by the Geneva Chamber of Commerce.
Most recently in the area of sustainability, Sierra Magazine again ranked Hobart and William Smith Colleges as among “America’s Coolest Schools.” The Princeton Review named HWS as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S. and Canada in “The Princeton Review’s Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2012 Edition,” and HWS’ green efforts were recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s list of “100 Percent Green Power Purchasers” in January 2012. Additionally, the Colleges were recognized by the Sustainability Endowment Institute last year, when it assigned HWS a grade of B+ in its annual Sustainability Report Card.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges was one of five colleges in the nation recently recognized with a prestigious national award for successfully incorporating international understanding across the campus community. NAFSA: Association of International Educators recognized HWS as one of five colleges and universities in the country with the Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization.
In August, for its efforts toward inclusive excellence, HWS was recognized as a leader for LGBT-inclusive policies, programs and practices by the national group Campus Pride. In its Campus Climate Index, Campus Pride awarded HWS a perfect score with five out of five stars.