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Hartwick Named Among Best Northeastern Colleges

July 29, 2009

Hartwick College has been named one of the best colleges in the Northeast by The Princeton Review. The College joins 217 outstanding educational institutions recommended in the organization’s 2010 Best Colleges Region by Region online feature. Hartwick also will be profiled in The Best Northeastern Colleges: 2010 Edition.

The Princeton Review describes Hartwick as a liberal arts school with a broad core curriculum. Student comments also note the Pine Lake Environmental Campus as “a natural classroom of woodlands,” January Term’s “one month of intense study, study-abroad opportunities, off-campus programs such as MetroLink, an abundance of student organizations, and the College’s close-knit community." They also highlighted Hartwick’s small class sizes, strong student/faculty interaction, and “amazing teachers” who are easily approachable. “They really try to interact with the students and make sure they are learning.”

“The high-quality programs, faculty, and resources commended by The Princeton Review are the foundation of Hartwick’s strong liberal arts education and the unusual degree of success attained by our graduates,” Vice President for Enrollment Management David Conway said. “We are proud of this recognition of Hartwick’s commitment to our students through experiential learning, a broad curriculum, and a collaborative learning environment.”

The profile describes Hartwick’s student body as a mix of social circles that make it easy to “find your own little niche.” Students commended the “great scenery,” varsity and intramural sports, a “highly respected” men’s soccer team, and on-campus events (“The school puts on a lot of clean-fun type activities each week.”).

“We chose Hartwick and the other terrific schools we recommend as our ‘regional best’ colleges primarily for their excellent academic programs,” said Robert Franek, Princeton Review’s vice president for publishing. “We also work to have our roster of ‘regional best’ colleges feature a range of institutions by size, selectivity, character, and locale. We choose the schools based on institutional data collected from several hundred schools in each region, our visits to schools over the years, and the opinions of independent and high school-based college advisors whose recommendations we invite. We also take into account what each school’s customers—their students—report to us about their campus experiences.”

This year, The Princeton Review surveyed students at the 218 colleges chosen for the Best in the Northeast designation. The 80-question survey asked students to rate their schools on several issues—from the accessibility of their professors to the quality of campus food—and to answer questions about themselves, their classmates, and campus life.

The Northeast designation includes schools in Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, and the District of Columbia. In all, 640 colleges were chosen as “regional best” schools nationwide, representing about 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 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.

Contact: Jennifer Moritz
Phone: 607-431-4038