Brunswick, ME
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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The school hasn't put too much emphasis on being strict about drug/alcohol use, although it does have some interesting events/talks about raising alcohol/drug awareness.

College Freshman

Greek Life: We here at Bowdoin do not have Greek life.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: We have everything you could think of here.

4 College Freshman

Transportation: I think the transportation service here is absolutely great. You can get anywhere you want relatively easily.

3 College Freshman

Weather: There is a lot of snow during the winter that makes it cold.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The dining hall food is good. There are many options available for all types of diets, especially for vegetarians and others. There's something for everyone present at every meal. Outside of the Dining Hall, Jack McGee's Pub and Grill is a fantastic place to get grill food. The Cafe in Smith Union is a nice place to get coffee and other kinds of pastries. Finally, the C-Store in Smith Union is a good place for students to buy snacks and drinks.

The general meal plan is 19 per week. This means that during the weekdays, students may have breakfast, lunch and dinner in one day, while on the weekends only brunch and dinner are served. There is also another late night option for students called supersnacks. If for some reason a student missed one of the nineteen meals, the meal transfers over, meaning that you would be able to use it for another meal on a different day. In addition, at the start of each semester, students are given $100 by the college, who calls the money "polar points." Polar points may be used to buy food that is sold outside of the dining halls; this includes Jack McGee's, the C-Store and the Cafe.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Brunswick is an amazing small town! The locals are very supportive of the college and are very friendly around the students! No major attractions are in Brunswick; you would have to travel outside of Brunswick in order to find the attractions. If you like the small town vibe, Brunswick would be the perfect place to live.

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's a small school with a small student body. The quality of life here is amazing, but you have to become a good critical thinker in order to do well academically here. A lot of times I wish I went to a larger institution in order to pursue more specialized majors and to interact with a larger student body, but it depends on your preferences. Some people love the small college environment while others may not find it appealing.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms are in close proximity to classes. Freshmen dorms are usually cleaned by housekeeping; most upperclass apartments are not cleaned by housekeeping, but upperclass apartments have kitchens and plenty of space. Freshmen dorms have great social atmospheres; people can find someone else to hang out with easily in their dorm.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: Wireless access for laptops or other personal computers are, in general, very good! In computer labs, there is an even distribution between Macs and PCs, so there's something for everyone. I was a little surprised that I found only one computer lab with updated software necessary for computer science courses, but the programs can be downloaded onto personal computers.

College Sophomore

Majors: I haven't declared a major yet but completing a major isn't the hardest thing in terms of number of classes you need to take. The most required classes for a major that I've seen is ten, but that doesn't mean those ten classes are easy. One more thing to keep in mind that Bowdoin is a liberal arts college, and won't have specialized majors that are found in bigger universities such as Business Administration.

College Sophomore

Majors: I have not yet declared my major.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Brunswick is an awesome small town that has great food options. Prices are generally low; usually meals do not cost more than $20. There's not a whole lot of options--there are usually only one or two restaurants in Brunswick per type of cuisine, ex. two Japanese restaurants-but the restaurants are good enough where you won't mind going back.

College Sophomore

Scholarships: I did not apply for financial aid or scholarships. Because Bowdoin is a Division III school, athletic scholarships aren't given here.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: The student body is very diverse in terms of racial diversity and sexual orientation. People from many different racial backgrounds can be found on campus, people of all sexualities are accepted here and people in general are accepting of each other. There is little economic diversity, however, as the majority of the student body hails from middle or upper class families. In terms of political diversity, the majority of the student body is generally liberal.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Nothing special; team camaraderie is high on each team, there are student-athletes that defy expectations and preform very well athletically, but student participation at sporting events isn't strong. Locals attend sporting events but there are still empty seats in the stands and bleachers.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: It's Maine; it gets very cold here. The summer is hot, the spring is wet and the winter is cold. However, fall is awesome here. Autumn in Maine is another experience that is unfortunately overshadowed by the brutal winters. It gets better once the sun comes out.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't lived off campus. I've been to one house off-campus, but it was very nice, spacious and clean. I've strongly considered living off-campus after seeing that one house.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: It's alright, the social houses are where the big parties are held, but only underclassmen attend. The houses themselves aren't very big, and at campus wide parties it is difficult to move around. People mostly hold parties on their own or with a sports team or a club. Brunswick is a nice town, but it's not a night town. There are only a few bars and nothing is open past midnight.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is very little crime. The town is very safe and safety is not a major issue.

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4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: The school puts in a huge effort to educate us on what we are doing with drugs.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: We have some of the best campus housing in America. There is a wide variety of options as such as dorms, old fraternity houses, and apartments.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Advisors are always around to help you. The perks of going to a smaller school is having professors be available at convenient times.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: We offer some of the most interesting and engaging courses as a liberal arts college. Study what you want!

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Even though we're in Maine, downtown Brunswick has a wide variety of dining options from Vietnamese to Indian.


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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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