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5 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Social Live – The social live is spectacular. Bowdoin although conscious of it's students safety understands that there needs to be a healthy balance between studies and social life. The school held activities are fantastic while the close knit community allows everyone to know each other. As a freshman, within weeks you know mostly everyone.

5 College Freshman

Academics: History is the study of the past and how it affects the future. At Bowdoin's the pursuit of free thinking is the backbone of it's education. The professor's don't ask question they challenge the mind. Sometimes through the socratic method, sometimes through open discussion. Either way it is a thrill to attend class and listen to great thoughts, ideas and believes of different people from different backgrounds.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: There are quite a few parking lots, though there is a risk of getting stuck at Farley. Unless its a peak meal time, there usually isn't much of a problem finding a spot closer to classes/dining halls/library if your assigned spot is further away.

5 College Sophomore

Computers: Computers are located all over campus in convenient locations. IT is readily available and very present. It is a rare occasion to come across a computer/printer that isn't working properly (except maybe out of paper!). The printing system works well and the allotted $60 per semester has been way more than enough for me.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Academics are top notch at Bowdoin. It's a very small and fairly remote school, so professors are there because they want to be, unlike ivies where they can be too focused on graduate work, other research, etc. It can be tough to excell, but if you are used to rigorous coursework and are willing to put in the effort, the education you receive will be unbeatable.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Pretty Good – Restaurants in Brunswick are very good, though only rarely do I want to eat off campus since dining is so good. The shopping scene is pretty grim, but Freeport and Portland are close, so it isn't a problem. There are more opportunities for cultural events in Portland and it's only about 25 minutes away. Brunswick is a charming town and the historical aspect is pretty fascinating.

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4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Transportation is very good. Its a 10 minute walk to the bus stop where you can catch a bus to Portland or Boston or anywhere in Maine for a very reasonable price. It is also very easy to call a cab or.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: There are way too many white people! However, in terms of all areas aside from racial/ethnic diversity, Bowdoin is a very diverse campus.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are many different options to choose from outside of Bowdoin. A very short 5 minute walk to Main street allows you to choose from many different restaurants that are good and pretty cheap. I just wish there were more Asian options!

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: There is no hard alcohol allowed on campus, which sucks! Also drinking games are not allowed! However, these events still occur! Also, the rules on beer are very lenient and security allows people to get drunk as long as they are in control of themselves and drunk fairly responsibly.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshmen dorms are amazing! All dorms have at least two rooms (a common room and a bed room). Even doubles have two rooms which is great. Housing is a little worse for sophomores however juniors and seniors get great choices for housing. There are so many different options for upperclassmen housing that after the housing lottery almost everyone is happy!

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Health and Safety – The health center is great and campus security is always patrolling the grounds making sure everyone is safe. Security also does a great job taking care of intoxicated people. Brunswick is very safe, especially compared to Lewiston (where Bates is located) and Waterville (where Colby is located.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid to American citizens is great, however there is very limited aid for international students.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Academics are great, dorms are very nice and big, food is amazing, facilities are top notch, campus is beautiful and never too crowded, everything on campus is fairly close, the town of Brunswick has everything you need, it is very easy to get to Portland which is 40 minutes away and its easy to get to Boston as well which is 2 hours away, so my overall experience has been great. Only negatives are the lace of diversity (almost everyone is white), the cocky hockey and lacrosse players who dominate the party scene, the extremely cold weather and long winter which last for basically half of the year.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: There are parking lots designed specifically for students and if you have a car parking is very easy. For example I will be living in the Brunswick Apartments (which is on-campus housing) and there is a huge parking lot right next to this apartment complex for its residents to use!

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: For people under the age of 21 nightlife is limited, especially if you are an underclassman, as the only place to party for those people is in social houses. However social houses are great because anyone can go there and there are huge rooms for people to dance in. There is also always free beer which is great.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I love Bowdoin food. There are two dining halls so there is always a variety of food to choose from for every meal. I have visited many other colleges and Bowdoin definitely has the best food! I even like Bowdoin food better than my home food!

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The department of History has great professors who specialize in different fields based on geography (Africa, East Asia, Europe. America etc). The teachers are excellent and while classes require a lot of reading and research they are very engaging and fulfilling. The essays I have written in my history courses have been the most challenging yet enjoyable and interesting essays that I have written.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Guys and Girls – The guys are attractive while the girls get the shorter end of the stick. There are not too many attractive girls at Bowdoin.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are excellent. They are extremely knowledgeable, all our experts in their fields, and very willing to devote time and effort to your learning. Classes are very interesting, engaging, and difficult. There is a wide variety of courses to choose from.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Local Atmoshpere – Brunswick is a very friendly quaint little town where you can do everything that you need to do.

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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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