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HWS in Top 50 “Colleges That Create Futures”

Hobart and William Smith have been named among the nation’s top colleges and universities for outstanding outcomes in Princeton Review’s 2017 edition of the “Colleges That Create Futures.”

The in-depth profile on HWS highlights key points of distinction such as excellent academics and faculty engagement, study abroad, leadership, service, career preparation and a strong alum network, as well as additional curricular and extracurricular opportunities. The profile features quotes from HWS faculty, alums and anonymous student feedback.

“HWS is a strong academic institution that truly promotes educational growth and real learning. The interdisciplinary nature of the liberal arts is highlighted, and I know that my education here is worth something,” reflects one writing and rhetoric major.

At HWS, the profile notes, the connections between students and faculty are strong, with a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio, small class sizes and opportunities for collaboration on research and scholarly articles. Connections at HWS are formed early on, particularly through first-year learning communities.

A student studying media and society says, “Professors are always accessible, and a good number of them reach out to their students as opposed to simply expecting students to take initiative for help. They easily become friends with students and keep in touch with and mentor them after graduation.” One public policy major says: “The professors are the people who make this place come alive. They are more than just teachers shouting at you from the front of the classroom. I have been fortunate enough to dine with them, meet their families, become friends with them and get to know them on a very human level.”

Professor of Anthropology and Sociology Jack Harris P’02, P’06 says: “I describe HWS as a ‘culture of yes’—if a faculty member wants to try something new it is generally encouraged. There are so many examples—just look at our interdisciplinary offerings, or the different international programs (such as in Vietnam) — that have sprouted from faculty initiatives. We often do the same for students, enabling them to create individual majors, and going out of our way to stretch the boundaries of learning.”

A student studying international relations and political science notes, “You have the freedom to design your own educational experience.”

“The student body creates an inclusive community in which they are prepared to lead lives of consequence. Students study abroad, volunteer in the local Geneva community, help with sustainability issues on campus, [and] get involved in various clubs and sports,” says Professor of Geoscience Nan Crystal Arens.

The “Colleges That Create Futures” recognition follows several other national accolades, including 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” as well as the Colleges being named a top producer of Peace Corps acceptances and a top producer of U.S. Fulbright Student Awards.

Other recent accolades for academics and outcomes include Hobart and William Smith being named by Money magazine as one of the nation’s “50 Best Liberal Arts Colleges” for the second year in a row, and as a top school for outcomes in Forbes’ Grateful Grad Index, which ranks institutions by their ROI, taking into consideration metrics such as annual giving. The Colleges are currently ranked 7th in the nation for study abroad opportunities and global programming.