In terms of this ranking, Bowdoin College has risen to the #1 spot primarily because of its extreme selectivity (only 15% of applicants are accepted) and commendable graduation rate (93% of students earn their diploma in six years or less). But there's so much more to this top college in Maine than impressive statistics. Students and faculty at Bowdoin speak of an "intellectual push" - a drive to take risks, dream big, and make the most of college. As a perfect example of Bowdoin's holistic, sincere philosophy, take a look at the McKeen Center for the Common Good. This program's entire mission is to identify students' talents, interests, and aspirations and combine them in a way that will "compound their meaningfulness" and cultivate "lifelong commitments to improving the well-being of society."