Academic Excellence Noted in Fiske – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Academic Excellence Noted in Fiske

Hobart and William Smith Colleges are featured in The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014 as a place where students are “rewarded with small classes, caring faculty, and a place where tradition still matters.” Fiske continues to describe HWS as a place that has a “pride in personal attention from full professors and a culture of community service.” The guide offers a selective look at about 300 of the more than 2,000 four-year colleges and universities in the United States, Canada and Great Britain.

Supported by a series of student interviews, Fiske calls the HWS curriculum “innovative, including the interdisciplinary first-year seminar as well as the requirement that each student complete a double major or major and minor, representing both traditional and interdisciplinary programs.”  The review cites the Colleges’ architectural studies program, as well as the  environmental studies program, “which requires students to select courses from the natural sciences, social sciences and humanities.”

“Students at HWS are motivated, determined, and constantly engaged in stimulating conversation. They continue their interests in academics beyond the classroom,” a senior is quoted.

“Life here is vibrant and busy,” Fiske quotes another student, “and this makes it quite easy to get involved and find your niche amongst a group of friends.”

Hobart and William Smith have been included in numerous recent guides such as The Princeton Review‘s 2012 edition of “The Best 376 Colleges,” where HWS were named among the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education. SmartMoney has recognized the outreach and support of the Salisbury Center for Career Services and Professional Development naming Hobart and William Smith as an exceptional investment, listing the Colleges as 10th in its ranking of private “Colleges that Help Grads Get Top Salaries.”

The Colleges have been named in the President’s Higher Educational Community Service Honor Roll and singled out with Distinction – one of only eight colleges in New York State to be named.  HWS have also received the Carnegie classification for civic engagement and were named the Business of the Year by the Geneva Chamber of Commerce in 2012. 

Additionally, Hobart and William Smith were one of five institutions in the nation recently recognized with a prestigious national award for successfully incorporating international understanding across the campus community. NAFSA: Association of International Educators recognized HWS as one of five colleges and universities in the country with the Senator Paul Simon Award for Comprehensive Internationalization.

Each entry in the Fiske Guide details the location, size and tuition of the featured institution. Prospective students are also provided with a feel for the college’s unique personality, student body, academics and social life. Hobart and William Smith have been included in the guide since Fiske’s launch in 1982. Edward Fiske served for 17 years as education editor of the New York Times, during which time he realized that college-bound students and their families needed better information on which to base their educational choices. He wrote “The Fiske Guide to Colleges” to help them. For more information please visit and guide is also available as an iPad app on iTunes and a Web app on