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Forbes Names Colleges’ ROI Among Best

Forbes has named HWS among the nation’s top institutions with the best return-on-investment (ROI), putting the Colleges’ strong base of alumni and alumnae with impressive outcomes in the national spotlight.

The Forbes magazine ranking, “2017 Grateful Grads Index: Top 200 Best-Loved Colleges,” bases its annual list of top ROI schools on median donations per 10-year period as well as average alum giving participation rates. Recognized for the fourth consecutive year, the Colleges are listed alongside schools like Bowdoin College, Colgate University, Cornell University, Franklin & Marshall College, University of Pennsylvania and Williams College.

“Return on a college education is more than just a 4-year vocational exercise. Great colleges produce happy and successful alumni–who give back in droves,” notes Forbes, which uses data from the Department of Education and the Council for Aid to Education. The Grateful Grads ranking coincides with Forbes’ annual list of “America’s Top Colleges.”

The ROI recognition follows several other national accolades, including the Colleges’ No. 1 ranking in the country for study abroad programs, according to the Princeton Review, as well as 18th in having the happiest students and 18th in best student-rated professors.

Earlier this year, Hobart and William Smith were named among the top colleges with the most recipients of 2016-17 U.S. Fulbright Student Awards. In the past three years, 18 students have earned Fulbrights.

The Princeton Review’s 2017 edition of the Colleges That Pay You Back: The 200 Schools That Give You the Best Bang for Your Tuition Buck recognized HWS as one of the nation’s top colleges and universities for delivering the best in education, affordability, career preparation and outcomes. The Colleges were also recently recognized for having excellent academic and co-curricular programs in the Fiske Guide to Colleges 2017.

In addition, Hobart and William Smith were named in Princeton Review’s 2017 Colleges That Create Futures50 Schools That Launch Careers by Going Beyond the Classroom as one of the nation’s best colleges and universities for providing students with outstanding outcomes. Last year, the Colleges were named to Money magazine’s list of the nation’s 50 best liberal arts colleges, measured by graduation rates, student loan defaults and post-grad earnings.

During the 2014-2015 academic year, the Colleges were nationally lauded as one of only four institutions named as finalists for the President’s Award for Education Community Service in an Honor Roll of nearly 800 colleges and universities.