Ranks Doane Among Top Nebraska Colleges

For the third year in a row, Doane College finished among the top two Nebraska colleges and near the top 25 percent of undergraduate colleges and universities nationwide in's rankings of America's Best Colleges.

Doane placed 159th on the Forbes' rankings released Aug. 11 and finished as the second-highest ranked college in Nebraska, after topping the Nebraska list for the past two years. does not divide institutions by categories or size. The study considers a good college to be one that meets student needs. Meant to offer an alternative to U.S.News &World Report's annual college guide, Forbes ranked 610 institutions based on the quality of the education they provide, the experiences of the students and how much they achieve.

Inclusion in the report is a sign of quality in itself, according to its sponsors: "All 610 schools in this ranking count among the best in the country. We review just 9 percent of the 6,600 accredited postsecondary institutions in the U.S., so appearing on our list at all is an indication that a school meets a high standard."

Doane was among only five Nebraska institutions to appear on the list. Doane and Nebraska Wesleyan University were followed by Creighton University at No. 228, Hastings College at 355 and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, ranked at 442.

It's rewarding to be recognized by Forbes' student-focused rankings, said Doane President Jonathan Brand.

"There is no better judge of quality than students," he said.

The rankings were completed in conjunction with the Center for College Affordability and Productivity (CCAP), an independent, not-for-profit research center based in Washington, DC. In the CCAP rankings by classification, Doane placed 98th in America's Best Liberal Arts Colleges and 37th among best colleges in the Midwest.


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