Overall increases in several categories prompt significant rise in liberal arts institution’s ranking
GENEVA, N.Y. – In what has become a steady trend for Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the coordinate liberal arts institution once again moved up in national rankings.
This year the Colleges jumped seven positions over last year in U.S. News & World Report’s “America’s Best Colleges” rankings, placing 61st in the “Best Liberal Arts Colleges” category.
This is the latest in a series of distinctions for the Colleges and follows other guidebooks that rate the highly-selective institution. This summer the Colleges were named one of only 81 colleges in the country in “Colleges with a Conscience,” a guidebook that rates institutions on outstanding community involvement. The Colleges have also enjoyed inclusion in Princeton Review’s “Top 357 Colleges” guidebook and “Top 151 Colleges in the Northeast.”
The U.S. News ranking detailed in the current edition of the magazine, on newsstands now, shows across-the-board improvements in several categories including percentage of full-time faculty, how the Colleges are ranked by their peers, graduation rate, class size, SAT scores and more.
In 2002, the Colleges were ranked 76th; in 2003, that ranking improved to 73rd and then to 70th in 2004 and 68th in 2005.
Mark D. Gearan, who has served as president of Hobart and William Smith Colleges since 1999, credited hard work performed across the institution ranging from admissions to academic programs.
“This is testament to the goals we laid out and the accomplishments of strategic plan HWS 2005 making improvements across the board,” Gearan said. “While we appreciate the recognition of the national ranking system, these improvements are in line with our strategic mission to continually provide the best environment for the 21st century student. Other student guides have recognized the educational experience we provide.”
Next week, Hobart and William Smith Colleges will welcome incoming classes totaling 540 students, selected from a pool of 3,400 applications representing 49 states.