Forbes Names Hartwick Among Best Colleges Nationwide

August 13, 2009

Hartwick College has been ranked among the Top 600 colleges and universities in the country by Forbes magazine and the Center for College Affordability and Productivity. Ranked 362nd out of the more than 4,000 college campuses nationwide, Hartwick was chosen based on quality of education, as well as student experience and achievement.

“To our way of thinking, a good college is one that meets student needs,” the groups said in announcing this year’s list. “While some college rankings are based partly on school reputation as evaluated by college administrators and on the amount of money spent, we focus on things which directly concern incoming students: Will my courses be interesting and rewarding? Will I get a good job after I graduate? Is it likely I will graduate in four years? Will I incur a ton of debt getting my degree?”

Working with those questions from the students’ points of view, the CCAP ranked institutions based on post-graduate success, average salaries of graduates, estimated average student debt after four years, student evaluations of courses and instructors, graduation rates, and the percentage of students or faculty who have won nationally competitive awards.

Noted along with the College’s ranking is the affordability of a Hartwick education, including financial aid and tuition remission programs. To that end, Hartwick’s new Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program offers strong, qualified students the opportunity to cut more than $40,000 off the current cost of a Hartwick degree while maintaining the quality and breadth of a Hartwick education.

“Hartwick’s ranking reflects the value and quality of a liberal arts education combined with experiential learning,” Vice President for Enrollment Management David Conway said. “We are committed to ensuring our students continue to be able to afford a Hartwick education through strong financial aid programs, modest tuition increases, and innovative offerings such as the Three-Year Degree Program. This recognition from Forbes reflects our dedication to our students and the quality of a Hartwick degree.”

Hartwick’s ranking places it above such regional colleges as Syracuse University and SUNY Albany, and ahead of St. Lawrence University, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Scranton University, Quinnipiac University, Iona College, Marist College, and SUNY schools at Geneseo and Buffalo.

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,480 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick’s expansive Liberal Arts in Practice curriculum merges traditional liberal arts study, personalized teaching, and experiential learning approaches to emphasize Connecting the Classroom to the World. Add to that a wide range of off-campus internships, collaborative research, study-abroad opportunities, and a unique January Term, and Hartwick prepares students for the world ahead. Strong financial aid and scholarship programs keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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