U.S. News & World Report

Hartwick a Best Liberal Arts College According to U.S. News

September 12, 2012

U.S. News & World Report has once again ranked Hartwick College among the first-tier of Best National Liberal Arts Colleges in the 2013 edition of its "Best Colleges" guide. Hartwick is ranked 164th among liberal arts colleges overall, up seven spots from last year.

"This first-tier ranking recognizes Hartwick's steadfast dedication to our students," said Vice President for Enrollment Management and Marketing David Conway. "Being honored once again as a Best National Liberal Arts College is a reflection of our commitment to ensuring that Hartwick students receive an education that will provide them with the liberal arts basis and the real-world experience they need to have success throughout their careers."

This year, U.S. News & World Report (U.S. News) collected data on more than 1,800 colleges overall. The country's 251 liberal arts colleges, specifically, emphasize undergraduate education and award at least 50 percent of their degrees in liberal arts disciplines, such as languages and literature, biology and life sciences, philosophy, cultural studies, and psychology. There are 223 private and 27 public liberal arts colleges; one is for-profit.

The guide annually rates colleges and universities on up to 16 factors that indicate a school's academic excellence. These factors include, but are not limited to, high school counselor ratings, financial resources, alumni giving, assessment by administrators at peer institutions, faculty resources, student selectivity, and the retention of students.

Hartwick is also ranked 114th among national universities and national liberal arts colleges in this year's High School Counselor Rankings from U.S. News.

In spring 2012, U.S. News asked guidance counselors from a nationwide sampling of public high schools and private independent schools to tell them which universities and liberal arts colleges they think offer the best undergraduate education to their students. The two most recent years of survey results, from spring 2011 and spring 2012, were averaged to compute the high school counselor reputation score used in this year's High School Counselor Ranking.

A fixture in higher education since its debut in 1983, the annual list from U.S. News is one of the nation's most-trusted rankings of colleges and universities that award undergraduate degrees. For a full list of college rankings, visit the U.S. News website at The magazine issue hits newsstands on September 18, 2012.

Additionally, the release of the U.S. News report rankings can be added to the list of several other national college rankings recently announced. In August, Hartwick was ranked 167 out of 249 liberal arts colleges in The Washington Monthly. Hartwick was also included in this year's Fiske Guide, on Forbes' list of "Best Colleges and Universities in the Nation," and was named a "Best Northeastern College" by The Princeton Review.

For additional information, contact Conway at 607-431-4157 or

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 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.

Contact: Valerie Capullo
Phone: 607-431-4031