The national recognition appears in 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. Points of distinction noted for HWS include strong student-faculty engagement, career preparation and guaranteed internship programs, a personalized financial aid program, and a robust alum network. In addition, the newly released book also places the Colleges in the spotlight for being a top producer of U.S. Fulbright Student Awards, with 14 students earning the prestigious international fellowship during the past two years.
“I’ve never had a professor that did not inspire me while here,” one student comments in the Colleges’ profile. Another student adds: “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.”
In the profile, the Colleges are described as having an atmosphere that is “beyond friendly” in a “close-knit community,” as well as “fantastic study abroad opportunities.” The Colleges are currently ranked 7th in the nation for study abroad opportunities and global programming. Earlier this year, HWS study abroad was also praised in the Princeton Review’s “Colleges That Create Futures” as well as the “Fiske Guide to Colleges 2017.”
Featured in Colleges That Pay You Back for the second year in a row, Hobart and William Smith are ranked alongside schools like Amherst, Middlebury, Cornell, Yale, Colgate and Babson. Schools are selected based on an analysis of their individual return on investment (ROI). Data included areas such as academics, cost, financial aid, graduation rates and student debt. Surveys from students and administrators were also used, as well as data from PayScale.com’s online compensation survey on starting and mid-career salaries of alums of the schools.
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.