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Brunswick, ME
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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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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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5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Academic Strictness Is More Prevalent Than Social – There are very strict rules about academic policies-you can be sent home immediately on first offense. However, social offenses are taken more lightly. You may get a note to your parents, but usually security is pretty cool about things. They understand that this is college and as long as no one is getting hurt or in danger of doing so, they tell students to keep it safe and go on about their business.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Drinking Is the Students Weekend Life – Bowdoin is definitely a "work really hard during the week and party hardy during the weekend" school. There is a lot of drinking at parties, but there are still many chem-free options. Security is very great in that they do not try to suppress the drinking scene (which in return is not hidden), but they do make sure kids are safe and students feel that they can call them if there is an alcohol-related problem.
There is usually only pot being smoked; no other drugs are really talked about.

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2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There Is Not Many Options – I actually have not heard of many off-campus housing options. What I have heard is the price is reasonable, but they are pretty far from campus and an automobile is needed.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Amazing Food – Bowdoin food is amazing! There are two dining halls, and meals there are all-you-can-eat. The campus also has a pub/grill, a convenience store, and a café. Also available at one of the dining halls is Super Snacks, which is food offered from 10 p.m.-1 a.m. on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Brunswick is a cute little New England town with lots of old people but lots of cool restaurants and shops. Community members often use Bowdoin's facilities and even participate in academic life.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: IT IS SICK – This is an amazing school, and it has amazing food.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There Is Some but Not Great – There are no apartments close to the college.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: It Is Available – There are many old Greek houses available for student rooming.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Really Nice Dorms – The freshmen have it really, really great. They live in a central location around the quad and close to the dining hall. They live in quads or doubles, all with a common room. The common room really helps because you don't have to worry about staying up late doing homework since your desks aren't in the same place as your beds. As sophomores, the housing can be a little tricky. I really like living in Stowe Hall, even though it is a forced quint. It isn't very crowded, and you have a common room and a bathroom, although you have to clean the bathroom yourself. Even the supposedly worst option, Chamberlain doubles, are not that bad at all. You aren't very crowded, but you do have to coordinate bed times a little bit more. Stowe Hall and Chamberlain are both close to the dining hall and located on campus. Mayflower apartments and Brunswick apartments are off campus, which can be a little more inconvenient, especially in the cold months.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: Parking really isn't a problem on campus. In terms of needing a car, it's nice to have if you want to go on adventures around Maine but certainly not necessary. Brunswick is very walkable, but if you really want to get out, there are shuttles that run to Portland on the weekend and an excellent bus service that goes to Boston directly from campus.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Easy to Avoid – Honestly, I have never personally encountered any drug usage at Bowdoin, as I live in chem-free housing. I know it exists, but I have heard of it only a couple of times, and it is not known to be a problem. Drinking is much bigger on campus, and sometimes it is a problem, but again, I live in chem-free housing and feel no pressure to drink, and I can still have fun not drinking. The College has excellent security that cares more about safety than catching you doing something wrong, so drinking is generally safe and not too out-of-hand.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: If there is anything to say about Bowdoin, it is that it has some of the most excellent academics in the country. Professors are brilliant and always available. You can stretch yourself academically in whatever sense you desire, whether in further research in the form of independent studies or summer research with professors. Professors are honestly there to help you learn and grow, not just to do their own research. If you are having trouble in a class, the professor will personally target you and help you himself or refer you to one of the excellent on-campus tutoring resources. Bowdoin students care about their academics, but they are not competitive with each other, which creates a wonderful environment for personal and academic growth.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: Bowdoin security has a shuttle system that is very good. If you are trying to leave Brunswick, though, you only have two options-an expensive taxi or Greyhound. Amtrak is planning on coming through Brunswick in a year, though, which will be SWEET.

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3 College Junior

Computers: Computer resources are good, and the network is good. Printers seems to be down a lot, though.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Academically, Bowdoin is a great place to get an education and have a social life. There are great people and great professors.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: Bowdoin has a lot of different ethnicities represented on campus. There is a lot of options for involvement for the different ethnic groups on campus.

3 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Food Is Good - Not Much Variety – The food is good but not normal. If they make mashed potatoes, they have to put something weird in it, like parsnips, or they put pineapple in the roast beef.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus Security ROCKS! Campus security are great! I have never felt unsafe while on campus. They are very understanding when it comes to alcohol, except for hard alcohol, which is unacceptable on campus.

5 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Brunswick, Maine – Brunswick is a small town with lots to offer. Although the town is small, within walking distance of the campus there is plenty to do from getting gelato at Gelato Fiasco to buying running shoes at the multiple athletic stores in the area. There is also a small movie theater and a grocery store that are close, as well.

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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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