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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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3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Many People Don't Live Off Campus – Basically everyone lives on campus all four years, but if someone wants to live off campus, they don't seem to have a problem finding somewhere to live.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Brunswick Is Adorable – If you're looking for the small college-town experience, Brunswick is it. The town is picturesque and has a life of its own, but also has a lot of great things that students can take advantage of, like weekly farmer's markets, a flea market on the weekend, and lots of great restaurants, cafes, and cute little stores. Campus is practically in the downtown and everything is very walkable. Brunswick also has necessary amenities close to campus like a major grocery store and a lot of major banks.

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4 College Sophomore

Weather: Snow Is Wonderful; Spring Is, Too. It snows a lot in the winter months (December-March). Occasionally, classes will get canceled, depending on how far away individual processors live, but the school itself almost never shuts down for a whole day. The school does a good job of plowing paths, so it's not too hard to get to class, and most people love playing in the snow on the quad. In the spring, it gets beautiful and the entire campus goes outside and sits on the grass.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: You shouldn't need to park because you shouldn't need to drive to class. Even the housing that people complain about as "really far away" from the academic buildings is only about a 10-minute walk and not worth it to drive.

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4 College Freshman

Campus Dining: Great Food – Bowdoin is known for having great food, and it has not disappointed. The two dining halls are equally delicious. There are a lot of options at meals. Plus, there is a late-night "Super Snack" on the weekends. The opening lobster bake and the Thanksgiving dinner are two of my favorite meals.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Professors Are Very Available – The professors at Bowdoin are eager and willing to meet with students anytime. They are very interested in what they teach. The workload is tough but definitely manageable. I still manage to find time to do extra-curricular activities.

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4 College Freshman

Weather: Better Than Expected – I was expecting to move into the tundra of Siberia. Quite the contrary. In mid-November I had not had to wear a winter coat yet. The fall is gorgeous.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Cold but Pretty – Brunswick actually isn't all that cold compared to other parts of Maine. The weather is roughly the same as the Boston area.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drinking Happens – The campus policy is no hard liquor, so there is A LOT of beer drinking. That being said, most people pregame the parties, and hard liquor is definitely around and easy to get a hold of. The policy keeps it under wraps, though, and probably prevents a lot of overdrinking. Security is definitely a presence on campus, but they are pretty chill. As long as you cooperate, nothing too serious will happen. It's almost as if their main purpose is to catch you before the cops so that you don't get into big trouble. There is very little pressure to drink on campus, although it can be hard to find something to do while sober.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Really Great Close-Knit Community – Bowdoin is a small school, but that is part of its charm. If you want a school with a small, caring, supportive environment, Bowdoin is the place to be. People here study hard but aren't competitive and know how to have a good time, as well.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: The College abolished the Greek life system about 15 years ago. Instead, each freshman dorm is associated with a social house, which is responsible for putting on parties. Typically, associates of the house are admitted an hour earlier than the rest of campus. The houses are nice to have, but they're not an essential part of campus life.

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3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Typical New England Sporty-Prep – The stereotype is that Bowdoin guys are great-looking, while Bowdoin girls are average to below-average. While this is true to some extent, there are plenty of average-looking guys and really beautiful girls, as well. Dress style is pretty much either prep or sweatpants, though there are a few quirky/stylish people around campus, as well. The dating scene is definitely almost nonexistent-typically, most students go for hook-ups and there are a few very committed couples, but casual dating is almost never seen.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Decent Coverage – I received only a small amount of financial aid, but I am also a work-study student.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Really Good! Food is generally excellent at the two dining halls, with an interesting and varied menu. The cooks are willing to try and make almost any dish, although their attempts at Asian food are normally sub-par. The Pub offers a standard selection of soups, salads, and sandwiches.

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: The Social Scene – The college house parties can be pretty gross (too many people packed into a basement with beer covering the floor), and, as someone who doesn't drink, I sometimes have trouble finding fun places to go after 10:00 on weekends. That being said, I have a great group of friends (almost all of them live on my floor) and we hang out/play games, which is really nice. Also, I have definitely been to parties where alcohol is served and had fun (there is absolutely no pressure to drink!).

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Well, It's Maine – If you don't like the cold, don't go to Maine. The good thing is that all the seasons do exist here at some point, but snow and cold take up the vast majority of the time that we're here. It does make spring really exciting though, because people just do everything outside.

3 College Junior

Facilities: At Bowdoin, you can dress up to go to social events but you dont have to. Most people are in jeans and a nice shirt. People don't get all dolled up to go out. Everyone is really friendly at parties.

3 College Junior

Weather: Yep, Maine has snow. Classes are not canceled usually. It doesn't hinder partying. We coexist with the winter. Some people actually LIKE it.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: The social houses really supply all of the usual things that go with Greek life. I think that it actually works really well, as it takes the hazing and expense part out of it and allows people to still have huge party houses without the absolute insanity and unsafety that goes with frats or sororities.

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3 College Freshman

Weather: Not So Bad – I'm from Massachusetts, so I'm not anticipating having too much trouble with the Maine winters. So far, the weather has been very nice and has not really affected me too much.

College Junior

Greek Life: There is no Greek life at Bowdoin. I think it brings a sense of unity to the campus. We have coed social houses that throw campus-wide parties, but everyone belongs to one social house and anyone can go to these parties.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I Guess It Exists – Not many people live off campus. I know a few, but for the most part, it is way easier to live on campus than to go off. I guess it appeals to people who want more freedom, but it seems to be a relatively rare occurrence. The places that I have been to have been nice, though.

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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: We Are Treated Like Kings and Queens. Yes, Bowdoin students have a lot of homework, but we are treated like kings and queens by the administration, faculty, and our fellow classmates. We all bend over backwards to try to make the student experience better at Bowdoin. They just increased the number of minority faculty at the College and that is making a big difference. We don't have any loans. There is a growing LGBTQ presence on campus that is well accepted by the greater community. We have a lot of extracurricular opportunities and wonderful support from our professors. The town of Brunswick has a lot of restaurants (sushi, local, organic, Italian, great NYC sandwich shops, fish market, Mexican, Chinese, Thai, two Indian restaurants). There is no better New England liberal arts college than Bowdoin!

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3 College Senior

Weather: It Gets Cold Here! It's a Double-Edged Sword! The weather at Bowdoin is ideal during the fall-you can't find much better weather. The fall foliage is beautiful. I'll be harsh-the winter lasts too long here. I'm not a skier or xc-skier, but I do appreciate that we get real snow unlike other schools where it is cold but they don't get much snow. Building snowmen and skating on the rink they flood in the middle of the quad is a LOT of fun!!!

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4 College Freshman

Facilities: Bowdoin is amazing! The professors are intelligent, warm, and want to get to know you. The academics are also very strong. The food is the best thing ever, on- and off-campus. In addition, the architecture and campus itself is beautiful. There are trails to run on which is great so you don't have to run in the street. We even have a rock climbing wall in addition to tons of treadmills, weights, and lots of other workout machines in the Fitness Center. Bowdoin is just amazing!!!

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Danica Loucks
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Hamilton, Mont.
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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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