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Bowdoin Moves Up in Latest U.S. News Rankings

Story posted August 20, 2004

Bowdoin College has been ranked #7 among "National Liberal Arts Colleges" in the latest edition of "America's Best Colleges," published annually by U.S. News & World Report. Last year, Bowdoin was ranked #10 among the nation's liberal arts colleges. Bowdoin is also listed among the top ten liberal arts colleges with the highest graduation rates and the lowest acceptance rates, and is included in a list titled "Great Schools, Great Prices."

The following colleges are ranked #1 through #40 by U.S. News:

1. Williams
2. Amherst and Swarthmore
4. Wellesley
5. Carleton and Pomona
7. BOWDOIN and Davidson
9. Haverford and Wesleyan
11. Middlebury
12. Vassar
13. Claremont McKenna, Smith, and Washington and Lee
16. Colgate, Grinnell, and Harvey Mudd
19. Colby and Hamilton
21. Bryn Mawr
22. Bates
23. Oberlin
24. Mount Holyoke and Trinity (CT)
26. Bucknell, Macalester, and Scripps
29. Barnard and Kenyon
31. Holy Cross and Lafayette
33. Colorado and Sewanee-University of the South
35. Bard, Connecticut, and Whitman
38. Franklin and Marshall and Furman
40. Dickinson and Union

The rankings consider a variety of factors, including peer assessment, graduation and retention rates, class size, faculty compensation, student/faculty ratios, admissions selectivity, class rank, financial resources, and alumni giving, among others.

The rankings appear on the U.S. News & World Report Web site and will be available on newsstands beginning Monday, August 23.

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