For the second year in a row, the Princeton Review has named Hobart and William Smith Colleges the top study abroad program in the country. The 2019 edition of “The Best 384 Colleges” also ranks HWS at seventh in the nation for best student-rated professors (up from 18th last year), as well as 10th for most politically active students and 19th for intramural sports participation.
The most recent edition of the Review’s annual guide quotes HWS students who reflect on the “phenomenal” study abroad program, as well as other academic offerings at HWS, with “niches for lots of different types of students,” “non-classroom experience and learning opportunities” and the Colleges’ “outstanding” career network.
HWS faculty are “accessible, kind and motivating,” “make the course material exciting and provide practical uses for this material” and “make an effort to form individual relationships with each student,” according to students quoted in the profile.
Students also note the breadth and depth of engagement in campus social life and athletics, as well as the Colleges’ renowned “commitment to community service and civic engagement,” with a student body “craving to learn more and help make a difference in the world.”
The Colleges’ study abroad program, which offers more than 50 destinations on six continents, outranks opportunities at colleges and universities across the nation including larger institutions such as Tulane University and University of Denver, as well as Bates College, College of William and Mary, Goucher College, Bucknell University and Dickinson College. A number of HWS study abroad programs are led by faculty members and many programs offer opportunities for internships, community service and integrated housing options to encourage students to engage with their host communities abroad. Innovative pre-departure and reentry programming serve to enrich and enhance the students’ academic and intercultural experiences.
Associate Dean for Global Education Thomas D’Agostino believes the HWS Center for Global Education’s abroad programs are distinctive in how they “address the diverse interests and needs of students” and prepare them “to maximize their experiences by encouraging them to reflect, process and share those experiences on campus. This is all part of the Colleges’ well-earned reputation for excellence and top ranking in the Princeton Review.”
Recent praise for the Colleges also includes being named among the nation’s top colleges and universities for outstanding outcomes in Princeton Review’s 2017 edition of “Colleges That Create Futures,” as one of the nation’s top colleges and universities with the most recipients of U.S. Fulbright Student Awards, 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.