U.S. News' Ranks Hartwick Among the Best National Liberal Arts Colleges

August 17, 2010

U.S. News & World Report has ranked Hartwick College among this year's Best National Liberal Arts Colleges in its 2011 edition of Best Colleges.

"Hartwick's ranking as a Best National Liberal Arts College is a testament to our exceptional and affordable liberal arts education, and to our continued dedication to experiential learning, strong programs and faculty, and collaborative learning environment," Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing David Conway said.

The magazine annually rates more than 1,400 colleges and universities on 16 indicators of excellence, including peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, class size, student selectivity, alumni giving, and graduation rate.

Earlier this month, the Princeton Review named Hartwick a Best in the Northeast college and Forbes maintained Hartwick's inclusion in its list of the Top 600 colleges and universities in the nation. This year's U.S. News ranking places Hartwick among the magazine's 187 top-ranked liberal arts colleges in the country. Among the College's noted strengths are affordability, curriculum, internships and study-abroad opportunities. Students praise Hartwick's small class size, double and triple majors, and easily approachable teachers.

While recognizing the strength of Hartwick's recent rankings, Conway noted that prospective students and their families should continue to seek out the proper fit when choosing a college. Students should consider academic programs and offerings, the feel and size of the campus, class sizes, activities, location, cost, and available financial aid.

"Every school has its own identity and character," he said. "As always, we encourage our students to visit campus to learn about Hartwick's outstanding programs and resources. Choosing the right fit is critical to their success."

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.

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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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