Hobart and William Smith Colleges have once again been recognized as one of the best liberal arts colleges in the country in the Washington Monthly‘s third annual college rankings. Ranking 28th, the Colleges have seen a steady rise from 35th last year and 79th in 2005.
The Washington Monthly takes a unique approach to its rankings: rather than evaluating only what a college can do for the student, it also looks at what a college contributes to the country, with a focus on social mobility, research and service.
“This ranking as the one of the best liberal arts colleges in the country reflects the hard work and effort of our faculty, staff and students as well as our neighbors in Geneva who have welcomed us into their community and lives, said Colleges President Mark D. Gearan.
This week, the Colleges were also recognized in the Princeton Review‘s list of 222 Best Northeastern Colleges, as well as once again begin named to the review’s list of “Colleges with a Conscience, for having outstanding service-learning programs and integrating community service into academics.
The acknowledgment is indicative of a long-standing tradition of service and community engagement at the Colleges ranging from the community lunch program to Day of Service to service trips to New Orleans, La.
On Saturday, the 605 first-year students will receive their first look at the importance of service at the Colleges when they work with upper class students and faculty in service-learning projects at more than 40 sites in the greater Geneva community.