Thanks to record philanthropy from alumni and alumnae and impressive outcomes of HWS graduates, the Colleges have been named by Forbes among the nation’s top colleges and universities with the best return-on-investment (ROI).
The ranking, “2016 Grateful Grad Colleges: The Top 200 Show-Me-The-Money Schools,” determines the leading ROIs based on donations per alum over a 10-year period as well as giving participation rates. Recognized for the third year in a row, the Colleges ranked 80 on the Forbes Grateful Grads Index, featured alongside schools like Boston College, Franklin & Marshall College, Bates College, Cornell University and Colgate University.
“The best colleges produce crop after crop of successful graduates that show their appreciation by giving back in the form of donations to their beloved Alma mater,” notes Forbes, which used data from the Council for Aid to Education and the Department of Education to evaluate ROI.
The 2016 fundraising year saw the largest number of alumni and alumnae donors in the past 15 years with 30% making a gift. The year included the largest amount of money ever raised for the Annual Fund – $3,752,094 – as well as an all-time Reunion giving record of more than $10 million set by the Classes of 1966.
The Grateful Grads ranking coincides with Forbes’ annual list of “America’s Top Colleges,” which recognizes HWS among the best institutions in several categories, including nationally, among private colleges and liberal arts schools, and in the northeast.
Earlier this year, Hobart and William Smith were named among the top colleges with the most recipients of 2015-16 U.S. Fulbright Student Awards, placing 13th in the nation. In two back-to-back record years, 14 members of the Classes of 2015 and 2016 earned Fulbrights.
The Princeton Review’s 2016 edition of Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck, recognized HWS as one of the nation’s top colleges and universities for delivering the best in education, affordability, career preparation and outcomes. The Colleges were also recently recognized for having excellent academic and co-curricular programs in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2017.
In addition, Hobart and William Smith were 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. Last year, the Colleges placed 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.
During the 2014-2015 academic year, the Colleges were nationally lauded as one of only four institutions named as finalists for the President’s Award for Education Community Service in an Honor Roll of nearly 800 colleges and universities.