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Academics Place HWS Among “The Best”

Citing the quality of the Colleges’ academic program, Hobart and William Smith have again been included as among the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to The Princeton Review’s 2011 edition of its annual college guide, “The Best 373 Colleges” (Random House / Princeton Review, August 3, 2010). Additionally, the Colleges are noted to be among the best colleges in the Northeast in a separate Princeton Review publication.

Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges and two Canadian colleges are profiled in the book, which is The Princeton Review’s flagship college guide. The publication cites the Colleges’ interesting and accessible faculty, first-rate career services office and the quality of life for the students as positive attributes.

The company surveyed HWS students and quotes, “Students come before all else” and “the academic and social lives of the students are as varied and interesting as possible.”

“We commend Hobart and William Smith Colleges for their outstanding academics, which is the primary criteria for our selection of schools for the book,” says Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s senior vice president of publishing and author of “The Best 373 Colleges.” He explains, “Our choices are based on institutional data we collect about schools, our visits to schools over the years, feedback we gather from students attending the schools, and the opinions of our staff and our 28-member National College Counselor Advisory Board.”

The Princeton Review also lists Hobart and William Smith Colleges as among the 218 institutions it recommends in its Best in the Northeast section of its website feature, “2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” that was posted August 2 on It also features HWS in its book, “The Best Northeastern Colleges: 2011 Edition” (Random House / Princeton Review Books, August, 2010). The select schools were winnowed from a list of thousands in each region.

The 218 colleges The Princeton Review chose for its Best Northeastern Colleges book and website list are located in eleven states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the District of Columbia. The Princeton Review also designated colleges in the Midwest, West, and Southeast as best in their locales. Collectively, the 623 colleges named “regional best(s)” constitute about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 four-year colleges.

In recent years, Hobart and William Smith Colleges have also been listed in The Princeton Review’s “Colleges with a Conscience: An Engaged Student’s Guide to College,” which ranked HWS as one of best institutions for service learning and civic engagement. This winter, Hobart and William Smith Colleges ranked No. 17 in the category of “Small Colleges and Universities” on the Peace Corps’ annual rankings of Peace Corps volunteer-producing schools. Additionally, in the fall of 2009, the Colleges were ranked 17th overall among the nation’s liberal arts colleges in the area of service by Washington Monthly in its 2009 “College Guide” liberal arts college rankings.