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Forbes Ranks Doane Among Top Nebraska, Midwest Schools

For the fourth year in a row, Doane College finished among the top two Nebraska colleges and the top 50 Midwestern colleges in rankings of America's Top Colleges. ranked 650 undergraduate institutions overall - only the top 20 percent of all undergraduate institutions nationwide - based on data from the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP), an independent, not-for-profit research center based in Washington, DC.  According to Forbes officials, the rankings focus on "the things that matter most to students: quality of teaching, great career prospects, graduation rates and low levels of debt."

Doane ranked 220th nationally. That ranking makes Doane the second-highest ranked Nebraska college (behind Creighton University at #171) and 46th among all institutions in the Midwest. ( does not divide institutions by categories or size.)

"It is gratifying to see the Doane values of Community, Empowerment, Excellence and Impact resulting in such a strong placement on the Forbes' ranking.  I believe this shows that we are truly living the values we espouse," said Kim Jacobs, Doane's vice president for Student Leadership.

The rankings are based on five general categories: Post Graduate success (30%), which evaluates alumni pay and prominence; Student Satisfaction (27.5%), which includes professor evaluations and first-year-student-to-sophomore-year retention rates; Debt (17.5%), which penalizes schools for high student debt loads and default rates; Four-Year Graduation Rate (17.5%) and Competitive Awards (7.5%), which rewards schools whose students win prestigious scholarships and fellowships like the Rhodes, the Marshall and the Fulbright.