All Things Maine
All Things Maine

Sunday, August 13, 2006

Maine's Two New Ivies

Bowdoin and Colby Colleges rank among the 25 New Ivies listed in the new issue of Newsweek. A third, Bates College in Lewiston, was listed as an "overlap" school—a close rival of Colby.
Location's high on the list of reasons students flock to Bowdoin. The star attraction: the Atlantic. The school owns 200 acres of beautiful research property on Orr's Island, off the rocky coast of Maine. In winter, students have plenty of space to ski cross-country. Not surprisingly, Bowdoin draws many mountain climbers, kayakers and hikers. Bowdoin's students work hard, but the atmosphere is not as intensely competitive as at comparable schools.
Back in 1871, Colby became the first all-male college in New England to admit women. Since then, it's been attracting a diverse group of applicants, including, in the incoming class, from Ethiopia, Zimbabwe and Vietnam. That worldliness goes both ways. Seventy percent of students study abroad.

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