Princeton Review Names Hartwick a ‘Best in Northeast’ College

August 5, 2010

The Princeton Review has named Hartwick College one of the best colleges in the Northeast in its online ranking, 2011 Best Colleges: Region by Region, and print edition, The Best Northeastern Colleges.

In its profile of Hartwick, The Princeton Review describes the College as "a small liberal arts school in upstate New York with a broad core curriculum, notable offerings in nursing and music education, and a ‘very strong biology program.'" The review also highlights the Pine Lake Environmental Campus as "a natural classroom of woodlands" that is "an amazing retreat to either relax or study in."

Also noted are Hartwick's one-month intensive January Term program, internships, and classes, as well as study-abroad opportunities around the world. Students surveyed by The Princeton Review lauded Hartwick's small class sizes, double and triple majors, and easily approachable teachers.

"They really try to interact with the students and make sure they are learning," one political science major reported.

"This recognition is a testament to Hartwick's commitment to our students through high-quality programs and faculty, experiential learning opportunities, and a broad and collaborative learning environment," Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing David Conway said. "Once again, Hartwick is proud to be recognized and commended by The Princeton Review for our strong liberal arts education. We look forward to even stronger reviews in the coming years as we prepare to welcome our most diverse and academically talented class in a decade."

This year, Hartwick received nearly 4,000 first-year applications for the Class of 2014's 500 spots, representing a 55 percent rise in applications over 2009. Conway said the increase in applications can be attributed to several factors, including a new approach to promotion that clarifies the benefits of the Hartwick experience and focuses on bringing more visitors to the Oneonta campus. Also very important is the College's innovative three-year program, which reduces the cost of the traditional four-year degree by 25 percent.

The Princeton Review selected this year's Best in the Northeast colleges from several hundred in the region, Franek said. The full list was narrowed to just 218 based on institutional data collected from the schools, visits to campuses, and the opinions of Princeton Review staff and college advisors. The survey also takes into account responses from an 80-question student survey. Only schools that allow The Princeton Review to independently survey students are eligible for consideration.

"We're pleased to recommend Hartwick," Princeton Review's Senior Vice President for Publishing Robert Franek said. "We chose it and the other terrific institutions we name as regional best colleges mainly for their excellent academic programs."

This year's Best Northeastern Colleges are located in 11 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the District of Columbia. They join 405 best colleges designated this year in the Midwest, West, and Southeast, representing just 25 percent of the nation's 2,500 four-year colleges.

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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 curriculum emphasizes a uniquely experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a unique January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for the world ahead. A Three Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

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