Hobart and William Smith Colleges were listed in an Atlantic Monthly story about non-Ivy League schools that are as good as Ivy League, titled “Who Needs Harvard?” The author quoted a study by Alan Krueger and Stacy Berg Dale that states, “that you go to college is more important than where you go.” He compared the success of graduates from diverse schools.
“Fully half of U.S. senators are graduates of public universities, and many went to “states,” he wrote. “Or consider the CEOs of the top ten Fortune 500 corporations: only four went to elite schools. … Or consider Rhodes scholars: this year only sixteen of the thirty-two American recipients hailed from elite colleges.”
The Colleges were among the listed schools who had Rhodes Scholars. Julia James, a member of the Class of 2004, received this honor and will begin her studies at Oxford University in England in October. Hobart and William Smith Colleges hail two prior Rhodes Scholars, Emerson Spies, Hobart Class of 1936, who went on to become dean of the University of Virginia Law School, and Ralph C. Willard, Hobart Class of 1904. James is the first William Smith woman to earn the scholarship.