July 24, 2013

Bowdoin ranks 20th on Forbes list of top colleges

Bowdoin and Colby College were the only schools in Maine ranked in the top 100.

From staff reports

Bowdoin College ranks 20th on Forbes’ annual list of America’s Top Colleges, based on factors such as student satisfaction, post-graduate success, amount of student debt, graduation rate and the number of awards won by students.

The list, which Forbes compiles with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, based in Washington, D.C., ranks Stanford University at the top of the list, followed by Pomona College in California, Princeton, Yale and Columbia. Bowdoin and Colby College were the only schools in Maine ranked in the top 100, with Colby ranked 49th.

Forbes rated Bowdoin’s financial health an A+, based on factors including its operational budget and endowment, and ranked the school 19th in private colleges and 14th in the Northeast. Colby’s financial health was also rated A+, with the school ranked 40th in private colleges and 30th in the Northeast.

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