Best College Value Snapshot: Bowdoin College

This liberal arts school's selective admission rate and generous need-based financial aid packages make it a smart choice.

It's mid morning on a brisk day at Bowdoin College, and snow flurries swirling in the sky have given way to a flock of seagulls squawking overhead. Located in Brunswick, Maine (population 20,278), where historic homes, shops and restaurants line the broad main thoroughfare, this small, elite liberal arts college attracts stellar students from around the country. Its appeal: a broad-based curriculum, friendly campus culture, commitment to the environment and focus on community service. Bowdoin's liberal arts education develops core skills—critical thinking, analytical reasoning and the ability to communicate effectively—that students can take anywhere, says Bowdoin president Clayton Rose.

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Kaitlin Pitsker
Associate Editor, Kiplinger's Personal Finance
Pitsker joined Kiplinger in the summer of 2012. Previously, she interned at the Post-Standard newspaper in Syracuse, N.Y., and with Chronogram magazine in Kingston, N.Y. She holds a BS in magazine journalism from Syracuse University's S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.