Washington Monthly Ranks Hartwick a Top Liberal Arts College

September 4, 2012

Hartwick College is ranked 167 out of the top 254 liberal arts colleges in the nation by the Washington Monthly in its 2012 College Guide. 

This year's rating has launched Hartwick 42 spots higher than the 2011 rankings from Washington Monthly, and is one of the highest that Hartwick has received to date in a national or international listing of the nation's best colleges and universities.

"This is an extraordinary time in our nation, and in higher education" said Hartwick College President Dr. Margaret L. Drugovich. "Though the national dialogue seems focused on cost, the quality of the educational experience and associated student outcomes must remain a priority. Families hope for access to a college experience that helps their child develop as a whole person - intellectually, socially, culturally - with the promise of a lifetime of career and personal accomplishment. Washington Monthly's rating is a reflection that Hartwick is among those colleges that are serious about access, and serious about preparing students for a lifetime of success, satisfaction and civic engagement."

Since 2005, the Washington Monthly has published rankings that pose a different question than most other college and university rankings today, which is: "What are colleges doing for the country?"

Washington Monthly's rankings rate schools based on their contribution to the public good based on three factors. The first is social mobility, which gives colleges credit for enrolling low-income students and helping them to earn degrees. The second recognizes research production, particularly at schools whose undergraduates go on to earn PhDs. Third, the rankings value a commitment to service, concentrating on schools that encourage students to give something back to their country.

"Our ranking of liberal arts colleges also reveals institutions that stand out in unconventional ways," say the Editors of the 2012 Washington Monthly College Guide. "When [students] choose colleges, they should know which institutions are most likely to help them succeed."

To see a complete list of this year's Washington Monthly rankings, visit

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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.

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