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Brunswick, ME
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1,831
Tuition
$44,118
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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2 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Far More Popular – Drinking is more popular. Drugs are pretty limited to weed. But like any school, you can find drugs if that's what you're looking for. Definitely not a "druggie" school though.

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3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus Security Great. Health Services Lacking. I feel really safe on campus. Campus security and town police are always there for Bowdoin students. The health services at Bowdoin could be better and more accommodating to students.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: Gym, Dining Halls, Dorms Great – The new gym is great. There are two dining halls, and although one is nicer (Thorne), both are really nice. The freshmen dorms are incredible. Clean, new, and beautiful. The other campus housing is also good.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: PLAY RUGBY – The quality of the athletic training staff is AMAZING. They do a great job keeping people healthy and playing. I started playing women's rugby (a no cut team like crew or ultimate frisbee) and have loved it. People go to games here! Men's hockey games (especially against Colby or in the playoffs) are packed and women's basketball is really popular too! Our facilities are SPECTACULAR! The new weight room is amazing and we have strength and conditioning coaches on hand to help with anything. Also, we have various levels of intramural and club sports that people have a lot of fun with. From IM Broomball to Varsity Lacrosse, you can do just about anything and be very well supported by the College.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: Get Your Own Computer, Its Really Helpful – Some of the computers on campus are pretty slow, but I've never had a problem accessing one. We have two labs that are open 24/7. To be honest, if you don't have your own computer it's not a big deal, but its definitely more convenient.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Not Too Strict – not too strict, as long as you're not being stupid

5 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Feels Like a Community – you get to know a lot of people of the four years and you get to know them well

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Awesome Housing – awesome housing, but campus housing is even better

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Sports Are Big, but Not Too Big – a lot of people play sports, but if you don't, you will still fit in.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Very Safe – Security at Bowdoin is very visible and on top of their game.

5 College Junior

Academics: Classes Are So Hard – I recently heard this quote in the library, "My idiot brother just graduated Summa Cum Laude from Wesleyan, but I'm struggling to get C's here". Academics is a huge part of going to Bowdoin. You can try to find an easy way through but it's really not possible. If you take lots of English or history classes, you'll be writing several ten page papers every week. If you take math or physics then you'll have 10-20 hour problem sets for each class.

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Lots of Fun but Academically Very Rigorous – Know that you can have lots of good times but that you'll probably have an equal amount of work.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: The lottery may be crazy but the housing is pretty great.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Brunswick Is Cute – Brunswick is nice. There are lots of little stores and restaurants. Brunswick recently got its first sushi place, finally. There are really good restaurants all over though. Also, Fort Andros is home to dozens of local artists.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: If You're Reasonable You Won't Get in Trouble – Drinking and smoking weed are pretty common. The people who get caught were probably being ridiculous.

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3 College Junior

Nightlife: College Houses – College Houses are where the big parties often take place but there are always random dorm parties around the school

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5 College Junior

Computers: Everybody Has a Laptop but – But the computers are pretty good. Also the computers in the libraries are getting updated as of 2010 so they should be top of the line.

4 College Junior

Transportation: To Get Around the Shuttle Is Pretty Useful – If you really want to get around, people have cars and you can borrow them. The shuttle will get you around Brunswick though.

5 College Junior

Athletics: Great Facilities – It seems like everybody is really active. If you don't play a sport you still do other things to stay in shape.

1 College Sophomore

Nightlife: The nightlife in Bowdoin sucks. None of these kids can control how much they're able to drink, and getting waste is actually not THAT cool. There is also only cheap beer in social houses or dorms. There are no clubs.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very Safe – Brunswick is a pretty safe town, given that you don't do anything stupid. The campus security is also really friendly-they're there not to catch you doing bad things, but rather, to prevent you from getting into trouble.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Gym Is Awesome! The new gym at Bowdoin is absolutely amazing. The building itself is very beautiful, not to mention the huge number of squat racks, barbells, and dumbells that are available! On top of the gym, there's the health center that provides amazing services to everyone.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Bowdoin does not allow first-year students to have cars on campus. However, the College does provide Zipcars, which students (yes, including first-years) may use, provided the student pays an annual membership fee and an additional charge for the actual use of the vehicle. On a side note, Bowdoin isn't big enough to need a car to get to and from classes.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Brunswick Is Nice, but Portland Is Better – Ok, I admit it-I haven't really been off campus because I'm usually in the library studying, but the few times I have been able to dine out in town have been enjoyable. Maine Street, which is adjacent to the college, is lined with the typical quaint, quintessential small New England town restaurants. Although Brunswick can not be considered large by any means, the town does have a wide assortment of restaurants ranging from the eclectic coffee shops to authentic Indian cuisine. Pricing is generally inexpensive to moderately expensive, with a few pricey spots thrown into the mix. Stand outs include: The Gelato Fiasco, Shere Punjab, The Great Impasta, and Big Top. Yes, Brunswick and all its offerings are conveniently located just outside the gates of the college, but if you really want to experience some fine cuisine, then Portland is the way to go. Portland is about a 35-minute drive from campus and was recently voted one of the country's "foodiest" cities. All in all, Brunswick isn't all that bad-it's actually pretty good, but Portland is better overall.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Good Balance – By virtue of being a small school, Bowdoin's professors are highly accessible and approachable-not to mention they are leaders in their fields. Bowdoin's professors are generally demanding in terms of workload; however, in my experience it has never been too much to become completely overwhelmed. The key is to have good time-managing skills. Additionally, class sizes are kept small because of the small student body, which really helps to foster communities between students and professors. The registration process is pretty much a breeze compared to other schools (especially larger schools, but also schools of the same size).

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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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