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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Most off-campus housing for students is easily within a 5 minute walk of campus, if not closer.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: If you want a local or ethnic meal, it is really easy to walk right downtown and go to one of the many restaurants. If fast food is more your fancy, Cook's Corner is a short drive away with many options.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus and in the town of Brunswick.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: For those over 21, most go to Joshua's bar or Pedro O'Hara's. There aren't that many nightlife hotspots in Brunswick.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Facilities are beautiful, well maintained and easy to access.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Bowdoin Dining is absolutely amazing. While some dishes are repeated, they are usually student favorites. Tons of options, high quality, the type of food that you miss when you go home, not the other way around.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It was relatively easy applying for and receiving financial aid.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Compared to the rest of Maine, Bowdoin is a Mecca in it's own right. More international kids than I expected. All the while, there are a lot of white, wealthy, New Englanders.

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Brunswick is quaint and has plenty of options for being a town and not a city. That said, there is a Amtrak train and buses that are easily accessible and will take you right to Boston in a few hours. The town is very safe and fun to live in proximity to.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Fabulous! Really all housing has its perks. The housing that isn't as centrally located usually is more spacious while the more centrally located housing is a little more cramped. It's a trade off that keeps all options desirable.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Why live off campus when the on-campus housing is so excellent? There are several houses off-campus dominated by specific sports teams where they hold their parties in a probably the closest thing to frats that Bowdoin has.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Brunswick is home to several fabulous little restaurants. There are two Indian restaurants, two Japanese/Sushi spots, Vietnamese, Italian, Greek, Mexican, really any type of cuisine you're looking for.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Absolutely top notch. Fabulous professors. Most classes are small unless they are a 101 style class for a popular topic. Workload is stressful but manageable.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The Computer Science program is strong considering it is a liberal arts school and there is a strong Robotics club at the school as well.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Excellent experience so far! Great professors, low class sizes, lots of really interesting classes offered. Outside of class there are hundreds of activities you can find yourself enjoying.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: While I haven't graduated yet, I've already utilized the career services center to help me find summer jobs.

3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Kind of homogenous--upper-class, privileged, and white. That gets annoying, but once you find people who aren't carbon copies of each other people are really friendly and interesting to get to know.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Facilities are awesome, and we are lucky to have all of what we do.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Our location in Maine is simply the best if you're outdoorsy.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Pretty tough academics, but you come out feeling like you know so much more not only about your major, but other things too (benefits of the liberal arts curriculum). The professors are very accessible, and the students are competitive at all, which honestly is for the best because we all study so much that it would be annoying to do it alone/have to worry about your classmates on top of the subject material.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Psychology is awesome, and we get to use a lot of the local facilities (i.e. hospitals) for real-world application of the textbook material. Plus, Psych at Bowdoin is actually tough and is respected as a major at Bowdoin, unlike some other schools

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4 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: The NESCAC is pretty competitive, which makes athletics fun, but you still have time to get work done/do other things. People in the stands are mostly those who know the players on the field, so it's a more intimate fan-base, but by no means do the bleachers get filled out for every team/every game. The only exception is Men's Hockey, and that's mainly because of the town, but the Bowdoin-Colby Hockey game always sells out in a day or so (obviously tix are free for all students, but EVERYONE goes)


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College is a place where people from many different backgrounds come together, so it would be impossible to meet every desire of every student, and it's doubtful that any university or college could achieve a perfect environment with no area for improvement. However, at Bowdoin, a strong majority of the students say they are glad they made the decision to come here. Even those who initially didn't feel comfortable at Bowdoin admit to eventually developing a strong fondness for the school. And even when certain administrative procedures or requirements don't seem to make sense, the discourse that develops from these issues only adds to the vibrancy of Bowdoin's ongoing intellectual conversations. Bowdoin represents a place for students to experience a new way of seeing and interpreting life—students here come to realize that attending college is not just about going to classes, participating in sports, and partying on weekends, but it’s about doing everything with passion, determination, and the ability to give back.

Many select Bowdoin as their first-choice school because of the intimacy between the administrators, faculty, coaches, alumni, and students. Plus, the resources available are remarkable. The picture Admissions presents to high school students is not accurate in all aspects because there is so much more to Bowdoin that cannot be portrayed in brochures and on websites, but when most first-year students finally experience Bowdoin up close and personal, their love for the school grows. Students here are subject to constant busyness and often stress, yet the rewards of applying themselves passionately to life at college make that stress a beneficial one. Being a Polar Bear is more than hating the Panthers or Mules—it’s about honoring the faculty and coaches, as well as the entire experience, the past, the future, and interactions you are sharing with your peers. The best things about going to college here is the confidence you will gain in yourself to do anything you dream and the knowledge and skills you need to achieve those dreams.

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