Colleges’ Commitment to Service Recognized – Hobart and William Smith Colleges \
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Colleges’ Commitment to Service Recognized

HWS Only Liberal Arts Institution in N.Y. Selected For “Colleges with a Conscience”

Geneva, N.Y.—High school students interested in service and activism opportunities will find Hobart and William Smith Colleges among the nation’s best colleges for fostering social responsibility and public service, according to The Princeton Review and Campus Compact. HWS is one of 81 institutions in 33 states, and the only liberal arts institution in New York State, that The Princeton Review commends and features in its forthcoming book, “Colleges with a Conscience: 81 Great Schools with Outstanding Community Involvement” (Random House/Princeton Review Books).

“A college with a conscience,” says Robert Franek, Princeton Review vice president, Admission Services, “has both an administration committed to social responsibility and a student body actively engaged in serving society. Education at these schools isn't only about private gain; it's about the public good.”

HWS offers a variety of service opportunities for students, including a Habitat for Humanity chapter, Alternative Spring Break; the America Reads and Jumpstart programs in local schools; Geneva Heroes, in which HWS students perform leadership training with eighth graders in Geneva; a Students Organized for Service (SOS) group; participation in Celebrate Service, Celebrate Geneva, an annual day of service to the greater Geneva community; and more. In addition, the Colleges offer a Community Service House where students who have chosen to make service a large component of their lives live together, and many classes have a service component to their course work.

The Princeton Review partnered with Campus Compact, a national organization committed to the civic purposes of higher education, to develop “Colleges with a Conscience” and choose the schools featured in the book from a list of more than 900 colleges. The book’s editors also invited dozens of organizations with expertise in campus community service and student engagement to nominate colleges for inclusion.

Available in bookstores on June 21, 2005, the book has two-page profiles on each college and advice for applicants.