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Brunswick, ME
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1,831
Tuition
$44,118
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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5 College Student

Athletics: Athletes Are a Big Deal. Our teams are doing really well in Division III. Athletics are also a pretty big deal on campus, as most of the parties you attend that aren't social houses are mostly sport teams parties. More than half of campus are engaged in either a varsity or club sport. If you are not involved in athletics however, you won't be shunned at all.

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5 College Student

Health & Safety: Bowdoin Security is the best. We even have shirts with the face of our head of security on them, that's how much we love them. They're always watching out for the students, always polite, and some are really funny.

5 College Student

Academics: There's a joke between students about "The Bowdoin B" because of how hard it is to get an A at Bowdoin. Of course, there are easy classes you can take to make your semester work load a little easier. However, the majority of classes are pretty tough. On the other hand, grad schools and such know how tough Bowdoin can be, so students don't really freak out too much when they can't seem to get better than a B- in a class.

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4 College Student

Guys & Girls: It's a well known fact our guys are gorgeous, considering most of them are athletes. However, the girls are starting to get prettier and prettier every year, probably because they realize that's where all the hot guys are. The guys and girls aren't your typical state school/west coast "hot," but that's because they're all very classy and New Englandy, especially when the sun comes out and the winter layers come off.

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5 College Student

Campus Housing: The freshmen dorms are awesome, especially Osher and West. People seem to think that upperclassmen housing aren't as good but that's only because we're so spoiled as freshmen. If you compare our upperclassmen housing to any other college dorms, you would still be extremely impressed. Almost every dorm has its own common room. Upperclassmen often have kitchens too, and their own bathrooms. You probably won't find that in other places...

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The Few Availble Options Out of Public Eye – Most students live on campus due the amazing options, convenience, and food options. Those that live off campus live quite close but are often frustrated by hypersensitive neighbors or difficult landlord agreements.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Social Houses or Aparments. Freshmen Are Spoiled – All freshmen live in one of 8 bricks in doubles, Quints or Quads. These are all large, conveniently placed, and great places to meet your best friends for the rest of the year. Gender-split restrooms, co-ed floors, laundry and bike-rooms in the basement. Each Freshmen dorm is affiliated to a sophomore-inhabited social house or Quasi-Frat. They throw the parties and many campus events. Upperclassmen choose from a variety of campus-owned apartments (none further than a half mile from the center of campus, the 15 floor quad tower, or or dorms. Chem-free housing is also available. Apartments are better for parties and highly desireable, however, the distance and housing lottery pressures can be frustrating.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Best Food and Polar Points- Few Stray from Standard 19-Meal Plan – Bowdoin Dining is a prestigious insitution that is proud of its history of superior quality and variety in the national campus review scene. The two dining halls, Thorne and Moulton offer significantly different dining atmospheres and are accomadating to every length of meal and diet type. The Pub and Cafe accept the 100 dollars worth of "Polar Points" for after-hours eating that are standard with each meal plan. The 10:30-1am "super snacks" are a luxurious refuge from the thursday-saturday night drinking scene.

4 College Freshman

Parking: No Real Need for a Car – There are parking areas, but unless you live off campus then one doesn't really need a car.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: A Little Hard Core but Easy to Stay Away – There are some hard core parties with lots of drinking but if you don't want to drink it is easy to say no.

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4 College Freshman

Computers: Great Locations – There are computers everywhere on campus! I'd say our campus is 50% Macs and 50% PCs so it's friendly to everyone.
There are several printers scattered across campus (so if one is broken life still runs smoothly) and we get about a $100 printing debit so that's usually more than enough to print papers and readings. The best part is that there are printers in every major dorm so you don't have to leave your warm dorm to go print something.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Comfortable Atmosphere – It doesn't mean you know absolutely everyone, because that's surprisingly hard to achieve even at a school of less than 2,000 people. But you'll probably have connections with most new people that you meet, and everyone is pretty chill and welcoming. The annual music festival, Ivies, is a good example of this.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Many Recently Renovated, Pretty Brick New England Atmosphere – A brand new hockey stadium, fitness center, and a renovated art museum means students are pretty happy with the facilities here. Since there's a small student population, the facilities themselves aren't huge. But everything is generally spanking clean and works well.

4 College Student

Transportation: Walking Is Where It's at – Brunswick is a small town- enough so that you can walk to almost anywhere you'd like to go. The College offers shuttles to Freeport and Portland and also to local ski areas.

4 College Student

Campus Strictness: Honor System – The alcohol policy is really loose- we're required to register kegs at house parties, but they don't restrict underage consumption as long as it isn't hard liquour.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Easy Process – The process is quite easy, and I think most people receive what they need.

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4 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Quaint College Town – Brunswick, ME is an archetypal New England Town, with a town green and many stores and shops. It's perfect for college students who can easily get what they need plus have some fun.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: At first I received a great deal of financial aid I was very happy about. If you need it, Bowdoin does an excellent job at providing a need-based financial aid. Applying was straight forward and not too much of a hassel. However, after my step father began working again after being laid off my contribution went up a significant amount, almost $20,000 for the year which led to me having to take out several loans. Bowdoin says they shoot for a no loan policy, but that wasn't the case for me.

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3 College Junior

Nightlife: What a Small College Has to Offer – Nightlife at Bowdoin is very similar on most weekends. There are a few bars in town you can go to if you are 21+ and Portland is roughly 40 minutes from campus which provides a fun and different nightlife. Most parties on campus are typically held by the social houses on campus or off campus housing. Every once in a while the school will bring in a guest performer that provides a nice twist to the social scene. Some people make their own fun with a small group of close friends and team mates.

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4 College Junior

Academics: Challenging but Supportive – The Economics Major at Bowdoin College is one of the top majors the school has to offer. Although it is very challenging and demanding the professors are always available to provide any extra help neccesary and truly want the best for their students. An economics degree from Bowdoin will put you in a great position to obtain employment in various fields, particularly positions in Finance and Consulting.

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2 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Average White Preppy Athletic School – This school is you average small, liberal arts school. The students are mostly wealthy kids who play sports. Everyone dresses up before going anywhere, including classes and the gym. Make-up is a must for women. Everyone either plays a sport or is obsessive about going to the gym (I'm not exaggerating). The academics are strong and the classes are interesting however the distribution requirements can make picking enjoyable classes difficult.
If you enjoy drinking and dressing up then you should definitly come here. I didnt realize how much of a drinking school this was until I got here. The "chem-free kids" are shunned for the most part. Everyone makes fun of their dorm.
SO if you're an average white kid from a preppy high school you'll fit right in.

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5 College Senior

Scholarships: I have never had to worry about the financial aspect since I got here. Bowdoin takes good care of me. I think I got a fair amount of aid, and they even threw in a travel grant of $2500 for me, since my home is abroad, which allows me to go home twice a year.

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3 College Senior

Nightlife: Mostly on Campus – Mostly on campus parties, but there are a few bars in town for the 21+ crowd.

4 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: You Name It, We Probably Got It – Dining off campus has lots of good options! Literally, Bowdoin is a 5 min walk from downtown main street- there is Thai, German, Indian food (2 places), Italian food (at least 2 places I can think of), Japanese.. lots of sandwich shops too. There are at least 3 bars I can think of, and there is an awesome Gelato place called Gelato Fiasco. Everybody loves it from the town and from Bowdoin. Italian food favorite is a place called Scarlet Begonia's where you can bring your own alcohol. There are even at least 3 very nice, fancy restaurants-- Clementine is a place you can have a romantic dinner if you are into that.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: Not Too Bad for a Small Town – You can't really go anywhere too far off-campus without a vehicle, but you'll probably know at least a few people with cars anyway. Within the town of Brunswick, there is now a Brunswick Explorer (a bus of sorts) that runs to all the important places every hour. Unfortunately, the hours don't extend past dinnertime. But the Bowdoin Shuttle is completely free and runs late into the night, and you can always call a taxi if you need to. Plus, the student government arranges rides to the airport for breaks, rides to the movies every once in a while, and so on..

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Danica Loucks
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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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