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HWS Among Princeton Review’s “Best”

Hobart and William Smith have been lauded once again for their exceptional academics, fantastic faculty, beautiful campus, extensive study abroad programs and other opportunities afforded students in the latest edition of the Princeton Review‘s annual college guide. According to Princeton Review‘s 2012 edition of “The Best 376 Colleges” released earlier this month, the Colleges are among the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education. Only 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the book, which is the Princeton Review‘s flagship college guide.

“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 376 Colleges.”

“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,” Franek says.

The guide refers to Hobart and William Smith as having a rigorous curriculum and quotes current HWS students as saying there are many majors to choose from, yet with small classes and good relationships with professors.

Students also praise the professors who they refer to as the “absolutely fantastic faculty.” Other student quotes cited in the publication include:

  • “The faculty knows, remembers, and cares about all their students.”
  • “The best thing about the professors here is that they are always acces­sible outside of class, either with office hours or constant e-mail communication.”

This is one of many recent favorable reviews. Hobart and William Smith are among the best 100 schools in the nation, according to Forbes magazine. The publication named HWS among “America’s Top Colleges,” its annual ranking of the 650 best undergraduate institutions. In addition, HWS were named to the President’s Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll last year 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 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.