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Brunswick, ME
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1,831
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$44,118
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Very Hard
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Reviews 708 total reviews with an average rating of 4.0

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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.

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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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

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)

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Security is just looking out for safety--both in general, but also with partying. They won't bust you unless you're being an idiot, and just want to make sure everyone is having a good time and not being unsafe. The channels of communication are wide open, and if you need a wellness check because you're worried about someone you won't have additional worry about them/you getting in trouble. Finally, everyone's got their favorite security officer, so I think that says it all.

3 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: You might as well live on campus--you get stuff cleaned for you and if anything breaks down they will fix it! Plus, if you're on financial aid it covers housing, so you'd be an idiot to pay extra to live off-campus if that's you. Also, housing is pretty awesome even after the first year, so no worries about not having room/not getting a single if that's your bag.

5 Recent Alumnus

Campus Dining: Obviously we have been #1 in the nation on and off for quite some time, but we have so many local options, and vegetarian/vegans don't ever have to worry about finding food! Thanksgiving/Christmas dinners and the Annual Lobster Bake are the top favorites, but students often have their favorite meal every week that they look forward to.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Bowdoin is the most supportive school out there--academically, socially, financially, mentally, and physically. Anything you ask for that you need and even want, you are sure to receive. It really does live up to the reputation of the best four years of your life!

5 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Bowdoin is need-blind and they meet 100% of demonstrated need, which is great. I've never had an issue until the last semester, but that wasn't on them and mostly on my family, and they helped me out still. As far as other things, they support students throughout their time apart from tuition, like various funds for needy students on books, travel, clothing (it's super cold!), and other things, and that is something that many schools leave up to their students to figure out.

3 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: It's pretty great for our location in Brunswick, ME, but honestly it could be better. There's an LGBT community, but it's rather small (but very supportive if you need it!), and many people who are LGBT aren't necessarily out and proud, but aren't hiding it either. But the social scene is lackluster at best for the gays, there are some fun parties that are just for us, but the general party culture is geared toward straight students which can be annoying after a while. As far as racial diversity, there are pockets here and there, and again, great for location and it's getting better, but still a bit of ways to go. Economic background is actually pretty diverse, but Bowdoin has a no-loan policy and has great work-study options, so they get a pretty good amount of people from different background in that respect because they don't have to rely on admitting full-pay students to support the endowment/general institution (which is pretty rare and pretty sweet). Politics are tricky because people don't really talk about it unless it's an election year, but it seems pretty liberal student-wise, although the older crowd (alumni/trustees) are pretty conservative, which gets weird when ideas clash between the old and the new. But things should get better over time.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Dining: Literally anything you could want is in town, and Maine Street is a 2 minute walk from campus (where all the restaurants are). If anyone is complaining they're lying!

4 Recent Alumnus

Local Atmosphere: If you like the small-town feel, the town of Brunswick is great! Everything shuts down at 1am, so not for those who want to party all night, but people will recognize you in town and in general the townies are pretty nice to the students (unless you're clearly a privileged asshole, because they already assume you will be--if you strive to not be this person or just aren't, you're fine). The restaurants are all delicious and we have quite a bit of diverse/ethnic options for our location in Brunswick, ME. And I've never felt unsafe walking around at night, even at 3pm. But if you're a nervous nellie, there's a campus shuttle called Safe Ride that takes students around to different places on campus like the library/dorms, and some places in town (perfect if you don't want to walk back from Joshua's, the local/one of few bars in town) until 2am.

3 Recent Alumnus

Weather: There is a lot of snow!

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Nightlife: Aside from social house parties, nightlife is pretty limited.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: The campus is very relaxed when it comes to underage drinking but very strict about drug use, including marijuana.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Athletics: Being a member of a sports team is an important part of campus culture.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: The advising system and faculty within the neuroscience department is excellent.

5 Recent Alumnus

Majors: It is very easy to choose any major as well as switch majors.

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Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: There is no greek life at Bowdoin College.

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Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I never had any experience with off-campus housing.

5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: I had an incredible experience at Bowdoin College. Being a member of the track and field team as well as a student researcher made my experience unique and unforgettable.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The neuroscience department provides excellent student research opportunities and hands on experience.

4 Recent Alumnus

Transportation: Aside from the campus shuttle, there is no need for alternative transportation.

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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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