Highlighting several areas of distinction for HWS including an innovative curriculum, Honors program, an undergraduate research conference, numerous study abroad opportunities and guaranteed internships, the Colleges have been recognized for having excellent academic and co-curricular programs in the newly released Fiske Guide to Colleges 2017.
At HWS, “you’ll be rewarded with small classes, caring faculty, and a place where tradition still matters,” writes Fiske. The profile, which includes a range of positive feedback from students across majors who anonymously shared their insights, also cites strong student-faculty connections and student engagement.
“Students at HWS are motivated, determined, and constantly engaged in stimulating conversation. They continue their interests in academics beyond the classroom,” one student comments. Another student notes: “The professors genuinely care about the success of their students and will go far beyond the call of duty to assist them.”
The guide praises the HWS Senior Symposium, noting that it “offers seniors an opportunity to share their intellectual passions. They present research findings, discuss theory, display and discuss creative works, or present other significant scholarly activities.” In addition, Fiske also commends the Colleges’ Finger Lakes Institute, which is dedicated to the promotion of environmental research and education, for providing students with programs that offer everything from scientific inquiry to exploration of public policy.
Student leadership and service programs are also featured in the profile. One student comments that service is “a huge component of student life, whether it be semester-long volunteering with the Boys and Girls Club or one-day opportunities like Day of Service.” Through community projects often facilitated by the Center for Community Engagement and Service Learning, students contribute more than 80,000 hours of service each year, locally, nationally and abroad.
“HWS is the place for you if you want to be inspired by your peers and graduate with so much more than just a degree,” one student says.
Noting strong local ties, the profile recognizes the campus and local attractions as desirable for the student experience. Last year, Geneva was named an All-America City, a highly-selective honor awarded annually by the National Civic League to only 10 cities across the country.
The profile in the Fiske Guide follows several other national accolades. Earlier this year, the Colleges were named among the top colleges and universities with the most recipients of 2015-16 U.S. Fulbright Student Awards, placing 13th in the nation. In two back-to-back record years, 14 members of the Classes of 2015 and 2016 earned Fulbrights.
The Princeton Review’s 2016 edition of Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck, recognized HWS as one of the nation’s top colleges and universities for delivering the best in education, affordability, career preparation and outcomes.
In addition, Hobart and William Smith were named in Princeton Review’s Colleges That Create Futures: 50 Schools That Launch Careers by Going Beyond the Classroom as one of the nation’s 50 best colleges and universities for providing students with outstanding outcomes.
Last year, the Colleges were ranked No. 16 in Money magazine’s list of the nation’s best liberal arts colleges, measured by graduation rates, student loan defaults and post-grad earnings. During the 2014-2015 academic year, the Colleges were recognized nationally as one of only four institutions named as finalists for the President’s Award for Education Community Service in an Honor Roll of nearly 800 colleges and universities.