Forbes magazine recently spotlighted Bowie State University as one of America’s Top Colleges for 2011, placing the university in the top 20 percent of the nation’s four-year undergraduate institutions. The list is featured in the magazine’s August issue.

“We are proud of Bowie State University’s success in preparing students for successful futures with high-quality, affordable degree programs that don’t leave them overburdened with debt,” President Mickey L. Burnim said in a statement. “We appreciate the recognition from Forbes magazine and take it as an indication that we are serving our students well.”

The 650 institutions included on the list were evaluated based on students’ criteria of what is the most important in selecting a college. These categories included student satisfaction, graduation rate, student debt, competitive awards and postgraduate success. The Center for College Affordability and Productivity worked with the magazine to compile the list.

“Students not only receive a great academic experience at Bowie State, but we also learn essential life lessons,” Jamin Gallman, Student Government Association president said in a statement. “The university provides great guidance and support for students. Bowie State’s focus on our success is evident and contributes to the love we have for the university.”