Moving steadily upward over the past three years, Hobart and William Smith Colleges were ranked 70th among the best liberal arts colleges in the country, according to U.S. News & World Report. This year, the magazine eliminated the use of the “Tier Two” designation and numerically ranked the top 123 colleges. Hobart and William Smith were the highest ranking liberal arts college in the region to be numerically ranked.
In addition, the Colleges have been named one of the “Best Northeast Colleges: 135 Great Schools to Consider” by the Princeton Review, who also named HWS in its “The Princeton Review’s The Best 351 Colleges: The Smart Student’s Guide to Colleges.”
For the second year in a row, Hobart and William Smith Colleges have been featured in a poster for the Fiske Guide to Colleges. The poster depicts doorways from a number of colleges around the country including Stanford, the University of Virginia, Dartmouth, Wellesley, Duke University, the University of Notre Dame, Amherst and Hobart and William Smith Colleges. The door of Coxe Hall was included. The theme of the poster is “opening doors to education.”
High marks were also given by The Unofficial, Unbiased Guide to the 328 Most Interesting Colleges published by Kaplan; and by the Fiske Guide to Colleges.” The Unofficial Guide noted the Colleges emphasis on “a true liberal arts education, but with a purpose and some interesting twists.” And the Fiske Guide quotes “the best thing about HWS is the family-like atmosphere between the faculty and students” and lauds the innovative curriculum, the high standards expected by the faculty, and the hands-on approach of the education program, among other things.
The Colleges were also featured recently in Seventeen magazine as a hot school — a designation the magazine picked up from HWS's designation as such in the book Harvard Schmarvard this spring. Harvard Schmarvard, written by Washington Post reporter Jay Mathews, highlights those schools beyond the Ivy Leaguers that excel in academics and other areas.
Mathews also wrote a story for Newsweek that focused on college admissions and academic reputation, mentioning the Colleges' great lineup of speakers.