Hartwick College may not be getting the credit it deserves, according to a report put out this week by a popular business and technology news website.
The university was included in a list published Wednesday by Business Insider that sought to recognize “The 50 Most Underrated Colleges in America.”
Hartwick was listed as the thirteenth most under-appreciated school among the 316 that were analyzed.
To determine which colleges would make the list and where they would land on it, Business Insider took into consideration status and future earnings by comparing The U.S. News & World Report’s recent rankings of “Best Universities” and “Best Liberal Arts Colleges” with the 2013-2014 PayScale College Salary Report, according to the Jan. 28 article.
The 316 universities and liberal arts colleges that were analyzed were the only ones that showed up in both the U.S. News and PayScale rankings, according to the article.
According to Business Insider, its staffers specifically looked for schools with “bad or obscure reputations but whose graduates made high salaries.”
In its justification of Hartwick’s ranking, the website noted the college’s small size and highlighted the school’s Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program, which lets students earn degrees in three-quarters the time and at three-quarters the cost, “getting students on the road to a successful career one year faster than at most other colleges,” the article reads.
The unique three-year program allows students to study abroad and complete internships without missing any of the college experience, according to Hartwick officials.
“Business Insider’s ranking underscores the continued value of the broad-based, personal, and experience-enhanced liberal arts education offered to Hartwick students,” said Hartwick College President Margaret L. Drugovich.
Also taken into consideration was the average mid-career salary of Hartwick graduates, which PayScale found to be a competitive $85,800.
Other New York schools that made the list were Clarkson University, The State University College at Stony Brook, Pace University, St. John’s University and Hofstra University.
New Jersey Institute of Technology topped the list, as most of its students are offered jobs immediately after graduation and earn an average salary of $98,000 after 10 years of employment, according to the article.
This is not the first time Hartwick has been ranked highly on a Business Insider list, Hartwick officials said Monday. In 2013, the website included the college in its “Complete Ranking Of America’s 501 Smartest Colleges,” placing Hartwick at No. 274 out of a list of 501 colleges and universities across the nation.
“This ranking illustrates once again that Hartwick prepares its students to be successful both professionally and financially,” Drugovich said. “Hartwick students have the tools to both do good, and do well.”