I like to be surprised when visiting a college campus for the first time. This morning I was surprised by the beauty and grandeur of the Hartwick College campus. The setting is superb with majestic brick buildings stair-stepping up a high hill that provides many great views of Oneonta and the surrounding countryside. Hartwick is that quintessential small liberal arts college with a traditional program and fall and spring semesters sandwiched around a single-course January term. The enrollment consists of 1,200 undergraduates with 70% of the student population hailing from the state of New York. Henry Blake, Franklin Academy class of 2017, is a Hartwick sophomore, and he is doing well. You might be surprised to learn that this very attractive school has an acceptance rate of 81%. Here is another surprise. While the total annual cost to attend Hartwick is approximately $60,000, every accepted student receives a $25,000 to $35,000 merit scholarship that will be renewed annually so long as the student remains in good academic standing. Before leaving campus, we enjoyed lunch in the dining hall.  As we drove away from campus to make a 1:00 pm info session at Binghamton University, I believe that many of were thinking that Hartwick  College is certainly worth another look.