The Princeton Review ranks Hobart and William Smith Colleges alumnae and alumni network 15th in the nation in the 2019 edition of the “The Best Value Colleges: 200 Schools with Exceptional ROI for your Tuition Investment.”
In addition to HWS alums reporting significant fulfillment and meaning in their careers, the “Best Alum Network” ranking considered the visibility of alums on the HWS campus and the strength of alums’ connections to student outcomes. Facilitated by the Salisbury Center for Career, Professional and Experiential Education, students have access to a guaranteed internship during their time at the Colleges, and benefit from networking events on campus and across the country. Over winter break, more than 80 students connected with the Colleges’ extensive alum network in the financial industry, behind the scenes of media and entertainment, and in policy, advocacy and politics.
The Colleges were also recognized for making an impact based on community service opportunities, active student governments, leading sustainability efforts, and on campus student engagement. Since last year, HWS jumped 12 spots to claim the publication’s second place recognition in this category.
Hobart and William Smith’s elite rankings in the “Best Value Colleges” list were calculated using more than 40 data points, covering academics, costs, financial aid, debt and graduation rates to determine which “affordable, academically outstanding colleges stand out for their success at guiding students to rewarding careers.”
“Only 7% of the nation’s four-year colleges made it into this book,” says Robert Franek, its lead author and The Princeton Review’s Editor-in-Chief. “We salute them for their stellar academics and generous aid awards to students based on need and/or merit. They also provide their undergrads with career services from day one plus strong networks of alumni connections.”
This recognition follows several other national accolades, including the Colleges’ No. 1 ranking in the country for study abroad programs for the second year in a row, also according to Princeton Review, as well as 7th in best student-rated professors, 10th for most politically active students and 19th for intramural sports participation. In August, Washington Monthly’s College Guide and Rankings named HWS the top liberal arts institution for service based on students’ contributions to society, taking into consideration social mobility, research and service. For three consecutive years, the Colleges have been named a top Fulbright producer, placing 18 Fulbright U.S. Student Award recipients abroad.