Location
Brunswick, ME
Undergrads
1,831
Tuition
$44,118
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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3 College Junior

Weather: Pretty Chilly, but That Brings Us Together! Maine is quite cold for a large portion of the school year. However, the fall and spring are beautiful! It's just too bad that they are very small portions of the academic year.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: We Have T-Shirts. Bowdoin loves Security so much that we have T-shirts made with the head of security's face on them. Other than a few stolen bikes, Bowdoin is really safe. I have never been nervous on campus in four years.

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College Junior

Greek Life: There Are No Frats/Sororities – Bowdoin has College houses, but no fraternities or sororities.

4 College Senior

Weather: Bring Out the Bean Boots! It's Maine, and it is cold. However, it is also beautiful, and Bowdoin does everything in its power to make the weather unproblematic. Walkways get plowed, heaters get turned up, shuttles are provided, snow days are the best, and there is nothing better than waking up to freshly fallen snow. The worst part of the whole thing is April when it starts getting warm-ice and rain don't mix very well!

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4 College Senior

Campus Housing: Freshman year, you get spoiled-big time! It's really great to have so much space and not feel overwhelmed by tons of roommates. Sophomore year is a little rougher, but in reality, the housing at Bowdoin is great. There's a reason so few people live off campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Cold and Too Little Light During the Winter – The small amount of natural light is hard in the winter, but spring, summer, and fall are great.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus Feels Very Safe and Well Patrolled – Students trust security, and security works hard to maintain an open dialogue about issues going on on campus.

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: When I came here, I had a whole bunch of ideas of who I was going to be, what I was going to do. Then, my brush with fate came. One weekend, while my friends and I were hanging out, a bunch of kids from the BCF came by with cookies for everyone, and an invitation to come to a meeting. I decided to go, not knowing what it would be like and fearing the worst. But when I got there, I realized that everyone was really accepting and nice, and I was welcomed into the fold. Now, they're some of my closest friends.

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5 College Freshman

Greek Life: There Is None – There is no Greek life at Bowdoin, and it's great that way. Each of the freshman dorms (a.k.a. Bricks) is affiliated with a social house. The social houses basically fill the role of fraternities and sororities, except that anyone can join. They host parties for the whole campus and have events specifically for the affiliated students. Who needs Greek life?

4 College Freshman

Facilities: Campus Activities – The various activities on campus are fantastic. There are so many different clubs-everyone can find a niche. Now that I've found mine, I spend lots of time with the kids there. But even if you're not hanging out with that group of people, there is always something going on. Everyone's invited to everything, and it's very inclusive.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: A Bit of a Letdown – Don't get me wrong, without Bowdoin's financial aid, I never could have attended this school. However, it was really a let down when I got my financial aid package and the amount left to pay was way out of my family's reach-it's not that I'm not willing to take out a loan, but Bowdoin advertises financial aid that fully meets families' needs. I think if they aren't going to fully meet financial need (which, in all honesty, what colleges can easily do in this day and age?), they should not falsely advertise that they can. However, as for the process, it's not been difficult to get paperwork through, although I've heard about some issues with international students and financial aid.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Randy Nichols' Voice Is Like a Warm Blanket – The relationship between security and Bowdoin students is pretty positive. The head of Bowdoin Security is pretty much a celebrity, and freshman dorms await the nights when he comes and tells stories of his past experiences. Security is pretty lax when it comes to alcohol-parties have to be registered, and security will come and check in on a party, but underage drinkers can just set down their drink when security walks in and they won't get in trouble. In the case of hard alcohol, though, security will knuckle down. Bowdoin security is good in providing shuttles for students at night and just being a general all-around positive presence on campus.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Quaint Maine Street Has Great Variety – Part of my decision to come to Bowdoin was the great location amongst a variety of cuisines. Maine Street features Scarlet Begonias (a nice cafe/restaurant), The Great Impasta (pasta of course!), Richard's (a German restaurant), Henry and Marty's, The Little Dog Cafe, Frosty's (a donut shop that opens at 3 a.m. and is usually sold out by 9 a.m.), and a great little gluten-free bakery called Wildflours. Those are just a few! There is also a Wild Oats Bakery, a Dunkin' Donuts, and Morning Glory (a natural foods store with all sorts of deliciousness!). The star of Maine Street is The Gelato Fiasco, a source of fantastic homemade gelato in a plethora of flavors! Just a bit farther, on Pleasant Street, there is even more variety with a classic lobster shack, Tim Hortons, and multiple Thai restaurants. Whether your preferences are for the Northeastern donut chains or for eccentric ethnic cuisine, Brunswick is likely to have it.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is absolutely no Greek life.

College Sophomore

Drug Safety: There's not too much drug activity. Every once in a while people will smoke pot. It's easy to avoid.

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Academics: Although challenging, the classes are worthy of attention. Professors try to make their classes approachable.

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Academics: Through my experiences, I've found the professors at Bowdoin to be very concerned with my progress in class.

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Academics: The professors I’ve had have been excellent. It’s really nice to be given the chance to get to know my professors intimately as an undergraduate. I’ve found it easy to meet with my professors, and most have set aside quite a bit of time to meet with students each week—outside of class.

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Academics: The type of classes offered here could be anywhere, but it’s the Bowdoin professors that make the difference.

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Academics: The professors spend ample time with students in order to answer any questions posed. Classes are stimulating and provoke a great deal of thought. To help students do well, professors conduct night study sessions weekly.

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Academics: I liked most of my professors a lot. The classes were challenging, but I learned a lot. Therefore, I don't regret taking them.

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Academics: The faculty is as diverse, if not more so, than the student body. Professors come from all across the world to teach at Bowdoin and involve their students in research. As rich as the humanities are at Bowdoin, so are the sciences.

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Academics: There’s an obvious difference in difficulty among the different departments here, which can be annoying, but overall, the academics are great if you know what you’re taking.

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Academics: The classroom teaching is great—the professors are engaging and enthusiastic about what they teach, and classes were as interesting as they could be. I think it’s a matter of personal preference, though. Not everyone would find Chinese Art History enthralling—I sure didn’t.

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Academics: The quality of teachers can vary widely. There are many good professors, but you need to be smart and find out who they are. If you just pick any professor without researching first, you may well end up with some who are boring or disorganized. Also, some of the departments have many great professors while other departments aren’t as good. On the whole, though, I’d say the teachers are good. I find that my classes are as interesting as the professor makes them, but I also have to be prepared to be engaged and interested.

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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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