In its third annual ranking of U.S. colleges by their tuition Return on Investment (ROI), Payscale.com ranked Hobart and William Smith Colleges in the top 25 percent of institution analyzed for what students pay to attend versus what they get back in lifetime earnings. In “2012 ROI Rankings: College Education Value Compared,” Payscale.com noted, “With all of the expense and time required to attend college, does earning a degree pay off long-term? Yes, depending on which school you choose.” More than 850 U.S. colleges were assessed by their tuition ROI.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges were said to have an annual Return on Investment of 6.7 percent. However, when aid was considered in the total cost of attending HWS, the ROI increased to 8.6 percent. Hobart and William Smith were ranked 210 on the list of schools -higher than such institutions as Trinity College, Connecticut College, Hamilton College, Clark University, Colby College, Vassar College, Davidson College and Skidmore College.
The ranking was based on an analysis of PayScale’s 35 million career profiles survey of employees and only those with a bachelor’s degree who have not gone on to earn higher degrees were eligible. Additionally, respondents had to be full-time, salaried employees.