Hobart and William Smith Colleges were recently ranked 17th overall among the nation’s liberal arts colleges in the area of service by Washington Monthly in its 2010 “College Guide” rankings. The publication defines service as the institution’s encouragement to students to give something back to their country and ranks colleges in this area based on the number of alums who go on to serve in the Peace Corps and the amount of federal work-study money going to community service (versus non-community service), among other criteria.
In the category of number of Peace Corps volunteers, the publication ranked the Colleges’ 23rd. The Colleges’ tie to the Peace Corps is strong, with President Mark D. Gearan having served as director of the Peace Corps from 1995 through 1999.
“We emphasize global experience and global citizenship with our students, and they embrace opportunities for both,” says Gearan. “We are proud to again be recognized for the culture of civic engagement our students embody at home and across the world.”
Current Director of the Peace Corps Aaron Williams was on campus earlier this month to give the Convocation address and receive the President’s Medal. The Colleges also hosted two Peace Corps directors, Ronald A. Tschetter in 2007 and Gaddi Vasquez in 2004, as guests of the President’s Forum Series.
Overall, Washington Monthly ranked Hobart and William Smith Colleges 60th among the nation’s liberal arts colleges. The rankings consider colleges’ contribution to the public good, taking into consideration social mobility, research and service.
This past 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, with 17 alumni and alumnae currently serving. Since the Peace Corps was founded in 1961, 183 HWS graduates have joined the Peace Corps.
This year also marks the recognition of the Colleges by The Princeton Review as among the best in the country, as well as in its list of the 218 institutions it recommends in its Best in the Northeast section of its website feature, “2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” Additionally, Hobart and William Smith Colleges have again been included in “The Fiske Guide to Colleges,” in its updated and revised 2011 edition. HWS were named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll in February by the Corporation for National and Community Service, the highest federal recognition a college or university can receive for its commitment to volunteering, service-learning and civic engagement. 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.