Hobart and William Smith Colleges have been named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance list of 100 Best College Values for 2015. Ranked among the top liberal arts colleges in the nation, HWS moved ahead 14 spots to 85 on this year’s list.
The ranking cites four-year schools that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost. For the rankings, Kiplinger’s assesses quality according to the admission rate, percentage of students who return for sophomore year, student-to-faculty ratio and the four-year graduation rate. Cost criteria include sticker prices, financial aid and average debt at graduation.
The Kiplinger recognition follows several other recent accolades highlighting the value of an HWS education.
Earlier this year, the Colleges were included in Forbes magazine’s list of “The 50 Top ROI Colleges 2014: The Grateful Grads Index.” The index uses the dollar amount of private donations to an institution per student over a 10-year period to measure a school’s value. HWS was ranked 84 on the index, which also took into account alum participation rates, or percentage of graduates who donate to their alma mater each year, as strong indicators of return on investment (ROI). In 2013, Forbes also included HWS on its list of America’s Top Colleges.
Over the past 13 years, the Colleges also have advanced 15 spots in the U.S. News & World Report rankings of the best “National Liberal Arts Colleges.” Previously, SmartMoney named HWS an exceptional investment. The publication listed the Colleges as 43rd in its ranking of private “Colleges that Help Grads Get Top Salaries.”
This December, HWS was also recognized nationally as one of only four institutions named as finalists for the President’s Award for Education Community Service in a recent Honor Roll of nearly 800 colleges and universities considered for the prestigious recognition.
Princeton Review‘s 2014 edition of “The Best 378 Colleges” also named HWS among the country’s best institutions for undergraduate education. The Fiske Guide to Colleges 2014 noted HWS is a place where students are “rewarded with small classes, caring faculty, and a place where tradition still matters.”