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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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3 College Freshman

Local Atmosphere: Downtown Good for Getting Necessities but Not Vibrant – The town seems small enough to keep me from going down there too often but is a nice place to go when I need to get something from Rite Aid or Hannaford, or even to spend a Saturday evening getting gelato or having dinner. I do not find it to be a vibrant town at all, but it serves its purpose. I'd just wish everything did not close so early. Coming from a large city, it is hard not having access to everything within walking distance. I need a car to get to Target, which can sometimes get annoying.

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3 College Freshman

Nightlife: House parties popular for freshmen – Nightlife occurs on campus if you're under 21. The house parties are always popular for freshmen, but a lot of people off campus throw their own parties. It's not hard to find somewhere to go and something to do, but don't expect the nightlife to be the same as an urban school. This is Maine, after all.

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3 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Guys are smart and talented – Guys are smart, talented, and good-looking but can be shallow. There are guys who appreciate personality as well as looks in a girl, but they can be hard to differentiate and are less social. Many are interested in hooking up and expect sex relatively quickly.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: A Diverse Student Body – The diversity of the student body at Bowdoin is pretty good, but there is still a large percentage of white students. It is easy to find people who have similar backgrounds as you do, and yes, there are super rich people who like to flaunt their money. But, overall, everyone at Bowdoin is welcoming and wants to make sure people feel comfortable. I find this is a place where you can be who you are without feeling threatened by others. The student body clearly leans toward the Democratic party, but if you're a Republican, you can find other like-minded people.

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5 College Senior

Facilities: Gym is incredible – Incredible!! It's a great new facility.

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Some Are Good, Others Not So Much – There is, as at many colleges, a preference for the "cool" sports, like hockey, football, and lacrosse. Field hockey was really popular last year because they were national champs, but have declined in fan support since they started losing. Although football wins maybe three games a year (four in a spectacular season), they get a lot of fan support and funding, while other sports are left in the cold. Bowdoin is unique for having a varsity women's rugby team, but they end up getting the short end of the stick-a single field, no locker room, etc. While many teams do in fact earn their funding, there is a history of favoritism in Bowdoin sports, which determines the amount of money each team gets.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors here are very open to working with students, and they also do some fascinating research. However, biochemistry is a joint department between chem and bio, so there are only about two actual biochem professors with related research. The classes are very well taught, and all the professors involved (even if not actually biochem) are quite intelligent and interesting.

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4 College Senior

Parking: Anyone with a car can pay for a parking permit and park within a 10-minute walk of their building. Anywhere you would ever need to walk to on campus is no farther than 10 minutes, so driving is only really necessary when leaving campus.

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4 College Senior

Computers: There are always computers available at all of the labs on campus, which is probably the case because almost all students have their own laptop or computer. The College is equally split Mac/PC. Wireless works well everywhere, even in housing that's far from the center of campus and outside. The printing system is very convenient, as well-there are printers in some dorms around campus, as well as in libraries and other study spaces.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: Bowdoin has a ton of computers. Both Macs and PCs are readily available in most labs, which are open very late, and there's also a 24-hour lab that's always open for those all-nighters. The computers can be really slow, but there are always some available to use somewhere. Still, pretty much everyone on campus has their own computer, and I can't imagine getting along without one, though I suppose it would be possible. The whole campus is on a reliable wireless network.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman Dorms are Great – The freshman dorms are great-they are all located (with the exceptions of West and Osher) in the center of campus and provide lots of living space! All of the firs-year dorms, except for Coleman, have study rooms, which are super helpful. I heard that sophomore housing is a pain, though, unless you get a good lottery number.

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5 College Freshman

Nightlife: Variety of parties – There are multiple parties every weekend. Sports teams host some, and you can get into those if you have friends on the team. Social houses do a bunch, and those are open to everyone, and then there are a bunch of random "chill out with your friends" parties, which are fun too.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: There When You Want It to Be – Sports events are a lot of fun to go to when you feel like going, but a sports culture is never pushed down your throat. Even the guys who come off as conventionally "jocky" are really nice, well rounded, and part of the community.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: Surpasses Expectations. Bowdoin is very diverse for an liberal arts college in New England.

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College Freshman

Greek Life: Frats and Sororities? We Have College Houses Instead. Greek life was taken away from Bowdoin several years ago and was replaced by the college house system. The college house system is open for anyone to join. Every week or so, each college house will organize campus-wide parties with various themes. There are times when college house parties get repetitive, but for the most part, they're pretty fun.

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5 College Junior

Facilities: The Outing Club – The Outing Club is spectacular, and provides the resources for any adventure you could dream of. This fall, I led a combined mural painting and surfing trip- we painted on the beach and played in the water. I also led a three-day trip to Acadia, numerous kayaking trips, and hiking trips. The Outing Club has excellent gear, two of its own islands, and a cabin in Northern Maine. What more could you ask for?

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3 College Junior

Weather: Perfect fo skiing! The winter is wonderfully snowy with occasional thaws. For being by the coast, we have excellent, nearby skiing trails. The fall is gorgeous, as only a fall in New England can be, and the spring is lovely, if late in coming. Everyone loves hanging out on the quad on a gorgeous day.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: We Revere Dinning – Food at Bowdoin is legendary. Dining Services goes out of its way to provide options for everyone that are extremely tasty. They have response cards that allow you to write anything you want about dining. Some are requests, others are praise, and all are answered by the wonderful Patty and posted inside the cafeteria. We also have Super Snacks every Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Sense of community is great – There is a wonderful sense of community here. The students support one another and there is no competition for grades. The teacher work hard to foster collaboration among students. They will also frequently invite students to meals. All my professors have a sincere open door policy. We also get along well with the community outside Bowdoin. We even have a host family program, where local families will do things like take students on necessary trips to Walmart, invite student over for holidays, and show students around Brunswick. Everyone here wants you to succeed. You have an incredible "safety net".

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's Maine – It's Maine. That means cold and snow. Layers are your friend here if you desire to stay warm. You will also need a good sense of humor since you are going to get hit by snowballs more than once. The benefit to this is, of course, that you may also throw snowballs. You may also block the door of your favorite, or least favorite, academic building with a giant, 7-foot-diameter snowball. You will also need to sense of humor to make it through overcast February days when the sun will not show for days on end.

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5 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Harry Potter Arrives in America – We have a house system instead of a Greek system, sort of like Harry Potter. You are a member of a house the moment you arrive on campus and can be as involved as you like. Personally, I felt like my house was a family waiting for me when I got here. They helped me with both my academic and social life. I decided at the end of my freshman year to apply to live in the house itself. The process involves references, short essays, and interviews. There is absolutely no hazing since you are already a member of the house. I love living in the house. We plan parties, movies viewings, community service, and lots of other events for both our affiliates and the campus. The houses are central to the social scene at Bowdoin.

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3 High School Student

Drug Safety: Prepare to Drink 2 Nights a Week If You Want – People drink a lot, and big nights to go out are usually Friday and Saturday. Juniors and seniors who are of-age (or trying to pretend they are) hit the bars on Tuesday nights. Weed is popular, but cigarettes are not really.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Eating in Brunswick – Maine Street, a two-minute walk from basically anywhere on campus, is chock-full of restaurants. From Japanese to Indian, to coffee shops, to Mexican-Irish pub food, we've got it. And though restaurants close a little too early for any late-night college weekend dining, there's plenty of delicious food to fit any budget-that is, if you can manage to skip a meal at the bombin' dining halls.

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3 College Junior

Weather: It Gets Cold – You have to like cold, wintry weather, or at least get used to it. It gets really cold, and snowy, and muddy, and gross, but when you get those gorgeous beautiful days, all the other days are totally worth it.

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Security Is Very Understanding – Security is here for your protection and to keep you out of trouble with the Brunswick police. They usually just check up on parties to make sure everything is going 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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