Location
Brunswick, ME
Undergrads
1,831
Tuition
$44,118
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 677 total reviews with an average rating of 4.0

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: Most of the computers are up to date, and the network is a little wonky sometimes, but mostly everything works ok. It might be a good idea to have a printer, but it's also totally doable to not have one.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There's basically something for everyone at Bowdoin. If you drink, there are small parties in peoples' rooms to attend, as well as parties at the college houses (similar to frats, but not as exclusive). There are also lots of chem-free programming done by Howell House (the chem-free college house), ResLife, Student Activities, and then also lots of free concerts/art exhibits to check out.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: This is coming from a person who doesn't participate in an athletics team at Bowdoin, but I'd say the athletics scene is pretty great. Bowdoin's hockey and field hockey teams are the most successful, but our basketball teams have also done pretty well in recent years. I've heard the football team doesn't do that well, but I've also never been to a game, so I can't really speak to that. School spirit it probably shown off the most at hockey games against Colby (our arch-rival). The athletic facilities are pretty great. Buck gym is open to athletes and non-athletes, and it looks like it's pretty well-equipped (also, we have a climbing wall, which is pretty sweet).

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I intern at a veterinary clinic near Bowdoin College, and I really enjoy my time there. The time commitment is pretty flexible, although I usually try to go once a week and stay for about 2-3 hrs. There's no pay, which is a little bit of a downer, especially since I'll be interning more this summer, but it's a lot of fun because the staff is great. I've slowly gotten more responsibilities as I've spent more time at the clinic, and I probably will have more after this summer. For right now, though, I help with small procedures, and also help to clean the floors/exam rooms.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: If you're talking about the internship, I'm pretty happy with it! I definitely would do it all over again, although I might try to do less extracurricular activities while I'm interning, since it's been a stressful semester.

My career goals are currently to go to vet school, and then hopefully become a veterinarian. Specifically, I'm interested in physical therapy for animals, although I know that's such a specialized field that there may not be positions available for that.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: You really want your own car, I promise

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Always feel safe walking, drinking gets stupid

3 College Freshman

Computers: If anyone tells you the wifi is reliable they lied

2 College Freshman

Diversity: Everyone is an upperclass white kid from Boston/NY

4 College Freshman

Academics: Polaris is a pain, but adore the faculty

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: You probably won't find relationships at a party

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Freshman dorms are the biggest busts

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Expected better but not bad

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Some students are irresponsible and transported

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: All housing options have unique pros/cons

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: No merit-based scholarships, but very helpful aid

5 College Freshman

Majors: The faculty staffs are very helpful.

5 College Freshman

Majors: I enjoyed it very much!

4 College Freshman

Nightlife: A lot of interesting events weekly

5 College Freshman

Academics: Very intense yet useful for your future.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The food here is good!

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Campus strictness is not really high since everyone knows what is safe for them and never tries to do anything harmful to anyone.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe living here and never have to worry about my anything.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: be as much specific as possible then the school will try their best to help you.

4 College Freshman

Weather: The air is clean and the weather is great. Sometimes it gets really cold but all the campus building has heater so it's not a big problem.

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Danica Loucks
Hometown
Hamilton, Mont.
Major
Probably Sociology and German
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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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