Forbes Magazine has again named Hartwick College one of the best colleges in the United States, according to a media release from the Oneonta school.
Hartwick placed 323rd overall in this year's Forbes ranking of the 650 best colleges and universities in the nation, an increase of 54 places from the 2012 list, the release said. Forbes also ranked Hartwick as 122nd in the Northeast and 231st among private colleges, which is up 51 spots from last year.
"Hartwick's continued climb up these prestigious national rankings is gratifying," David Conway, Hartwick vice president for enrollment management and marketing, said in the release.
Hartwick is a private liberal arts and sciences college that enrolls about 1,500 students.
"We are pleased when outside groups acknowledge the continued value of a liberal arts education infused with hands-on learning,” Conway said. The recognition also confirms the importance of Hartwick's focus on making its transformational experience affordable for students and their families while ensuring student success, he said.
The Forbes online list includes details for college such as costs. Hartwick's tuition is listed at $37,460, with 99 percent of students receiving financial aid.
In ranking the nation's institutions of higher education, Forbes considered factors that directly concern today's incoming students, such as student satisfaction, post-graduate success, student debt, graduation rate and nationally competitive awards, the release said.
The rankings were compiled for Forbes by the Washington, D.C.-based Center for College Affordability and Productivity.
According to Forbes, "what sets our calculation of 650 colleges and universities apart from other rankings is our firm belief in 'output' over 'input.' … What are students getting out of college?"