The recognition appears in Princeton Review’s 2016 edition of Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck, which highlights the Colleges’ rigorous education and puts HWS students in the spotlight for being high achievers, citing that seven students received Fulbright U.S. Student Awards for 2015-16. The profile also recognizes the strong student-faculty engagement and the extensive network of alums that helps students prepare for their futures.
“I’ve never had a professor that did not inspire me while here,” one student commented. Another said: “Professors are always accessible … They easily become friends with students and keep in touch with and mentor them after graduation.”
Academic and extracurricular opportunities abound for students, the profile says, noting that many HWS students are involved in opportunities ranging from leadership, athletics and entrepreneurship to study abroad, networking with alums and off-campus involvement. “Students who are attracted to HWS include those who are interested in developing their own approach to their education,” the Princeton Review notes.
The profile also points out the HWS guaranteed internship program offered by the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education. There’s excellent “access to great internships,” one student said.
The Colleges’ profile highlights that Financial Aid staff work one-on-one with each accepted student and his or her family to create a total financial aid package that makes sense. Merit-based awards, including The Elizabeth Blackwell Class of 1849 Pioneer in Science Scholarship and The Environmental Sustainability Trustee Scholarship are also mentioned.
The profile notes that students find the Colleges a “beyond friendly” and “close-knit community.”
Profiled in the guide for the second year in a row, the Colleges are featured with schools such as Babson College, Colgate University, Cornell University, Franklin & Marshall College, Hamilton College and Yale University.
The Princeton Review selected schools based on a comprehensive analysis of more than 650 colleges that weighted more than 40 data points to tally return on investment ratings for the schools. Data analyzed covered academics, cost, financial aid, graduation rates, student debt and more. Data was used from 2014-15 Princeton Review surveys of administrators and students at the schools. It factored in data from PayScale collected through April 2015 on starting and mid-career salaries of alums. Anonymous student feedback was included in the profile.
In addition to being listed among the Colleges That Pay You Back, Hobart and William Smith were recently named in Princeton Review’s Colleges That Create Futures: 50 Schools That Launch Careers by Going Beyond the Classroom as one of the nation’s 50 best colleges and universities for providing students with outstanding outcomes.
In 2015, the Colleges were ranked No. 16 in Money magazine’s list of the nation’s best liberal arts colleges, measured by graduation rates, student loan defaults and post-grad earnings.
Hobart and William Smith were also named to Kiplinger’s Personal Finance list of the 100 Best College Values for 2015. The ranking cites four-year schools that combine outstanding academics with affordable cost.
Last year, the Colleges were named to Sierra magazine’s annual list of the greenest colleges and universities, moving ahead 63 spots since first appearing on the list in 2009.
During the 2014-2015 academic year, the Colleges were 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.
The Colleges were named to 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.
Over the past 14 years, the Colleges also have advanced 15 spots in U.S. News & World Report rankings of the best “National Liberal Arts Colleges.”