In its 2011 Liberal Arts Colleges “College Guide” rankings, Washington Monthly ranked Hobart and William Smith fourth in New York State. The rankings consider colleges’ contributions to the public good, taking into consideration social mobility, research and service.
In explaining their ranking system, the editors note, “Conventional rankings like those published by U.S. News & World Report are designed to show what colleges can do for you. Since 2005, our rankings have posed a different question: What are colleges doing for the country? Higher education, after all, isn’t just important for undergraduates. We all benefit when colleges produce groundbreaking research that drives economic growth, when they offer students from low-income families the path to a better life, and when they shape the character of future leaders.”
Hobart and William Smith were ranked 44th among the nation’s liberal arts colleges in the area of service. 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’ 32nd. 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.
Overall, Washington Monthly ranked Hobart and William Smith Colleges 66th 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 year, according to Princeton Review‘s 2012 edition of “The Best 376 Colleges,” the Colleges are among the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education. In addition, SmartMoney just recognized Hobart and William Smith as an exceptional investment, listing HWS as 10th in its ranking of “Colleges that Help Grads Get Top Salaries” in the category of private colleges. Hobart and William Smith also 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.
HWS also 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 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.