In what has become a steady trend for Hobart and William Smith Colleges, the coordinate liberal arts institution moved up in another national ranking. The newly released Washington Monthly College Guide ranked Hobart and William Smith Colleges 35th out of 202 institutions; last year HWS stood at 79th.
“Hobart and William Smith’s rapidly growing national stature, as reflected by this latest ranking, challenges us to reach even greater levels of accomplishment as we provide a premier liberal arts education” said President Mark D. Gearan.
The Washington Monthly College Guide is unique in that it uses broad metrics to gauge an institution’s importance. The three categories used by the editors of the national magazine are community service, social mobility and research. The editors write that “while other guides ask what colleges can do for students, we ask what colleges are doing for the country.” The community service score refers to an institution’s commitment to bettering the world. The social mobility score gauges an institution’s ability to reach out to lower income and disadvantaged students, and the research score measures total research spending.
Hobart and William Smith Colleges are known for valuing equity and service as well as for offering an array of undergraduate research opportunities. A national leader in service, Hobart and William Smith is one of only 81 institutions nationwide to be included in The Princeton Review’s “Colleges with a Conscience.” A full 75 percent of HWS science majors are engaged in some form of undergraduate research; many are published or present their findings before professional and trade organizations such as the National Conference for Undergraduate Research.
This month, the Colleges are preparing to welcome nearly 600 first-year students following one of the most competitive application processes in the Colleges’ history.