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Goucher Ranks Among Forbes' Best American Colleges

Release date: August 03, 2012

Goucher College has earned a place in Forbes' annual ranking of the 650 best undergraduate institutions. Goucher was No. 159 in the overall rankings (up from No. 222 last year) and No. 131 among private colleges (up from No. 187 last year). Goucher's full profile can be seen at  http://www.forbes.com/colleges/goucher-college/.

These rankings of 650 schools—the top 20 percent of all undergraduate institutions—are exclusively prepared for Forbes by the Center for College Affordability and Productivity, a Washington, DC, think tank. 

The rankings are based on five general categories: postgraduate success (32.5%), which evaluates alumnae/i pay and prominence; student satisfaction (27.5%), which includes professor evaluations and freshman-to-sophomore retention rates; debt (17.5%), which penalizes schools for high student debt loads and default rates; four-year graduation rates (11.25%); and competitive awards (11.25%), which rewards schools whose students win prestigious scholarships and fellowships such as the Rhodes, the Marshall, and the Fulbright.

A complete methodology is available at http://centerforcollegeaffordability.org/uploads/2012_Methodology.pdf.