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Brunswick, ME
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$44,118
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Off-Campus Housing: If you put in the effort and start looking early in the winter, you can probably find a house off campus that’s an easily walkable distance to campus. You have to put in the effort and call around early, though.

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Off-Campus Housing: If you want to live off campus as a senior and have the wheels to get on campus, your options are endless.

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Off-Campus Housing: Senior year, I lived like one minute off campus. We rented some space in an older woman's house. It was nice and comfortable. If you want to live off campus, then possibilities are there.

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Off-Campus Housing: Freshman and sophomores all have to live on campus. If you’re a junior or senior, you can definitely try to live off campus if that’s what suits you.

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Off-Campus Housing: A respectable amount of students live off campus and like it. Not sure how it works with financial aid, though.

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Off-Campus Housing: To be clear, unless you live in Harpswell on the water, ‘off campus’ at Bowdoin means you live across the street from the main quad. The farthest you get in college-affiliated off-campus housing is a five- or ten-minute walk from central campus. At many larger schools, you can’t even get on-campus housing that close.

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Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is the best housing available. If you plan ahead, off-campus housing is a very viable option.

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Off-Campus Housing: It’s getting harder and harder to get off-campus housing, which is a bummer.

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Parking: It’s difficult to park in public parking spots, but Social House parking lots are pretty empty, so you can usually park there without Security checking it out.

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Parking: Getting a spot is probably not too hard, but getting what you want where you want is harder.

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Parking: It sucks for first-year students, but there are ways to get around it, like making friends with an upperclassman who drives the same type of car as you.

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Parking: It is easy to park. The parking lots are always rather far from one’s residence hall, but it's manageable.

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Parking: Security doesn’t really check, so you can pretty much park anywhere.

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Parking: The quality of parking depends on where you live and your parking lottery number.

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Parking: Unless you are insanely lucky in your parking lottery, or insanely unlucky in the housing lottery to where you live near a parking lot, your lot will be far away from civilization. Living in a social house is an exception, as you can often get permission to park in the house lot.

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Parking: I don’t worry about it; I live off campus.

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Parking: Parking at Farley is kind of a hassle because it’s a bit of a walk just to get your car.

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Athletics: There is so much town and faculty support at Bowdoin sporting events. The town loves getting into Bowdoin sports.

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Athletics: The Bowdoin vs. Colby hockey game is the best sporting event. That game is an entire-school event!

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Athletics: Staying in shape and going to the gym is important to most of the students here.

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Athletics: Varsity sports are big here. For those not playing varsity, they can play either club or intramural sports. IMs are popular because there are three different levels from beginner to expert.

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Athletics: It is said that about 55 percent of the student body plays at least one varsity sport. Many athletes exist on campus. Some sports receive much more attention than others, but IM sports are very popular with all sorts of kids engaging in all sports from bowling to water polo.

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Athletics: The spirit is in the air whether or not you participate in the hype.

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Athletics: You can tell by how the student body carries themselves, what they wear, and how they talk, that sports are big on campus.

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Athletics: Every team feels very connected to each other. Sports become a social motivator.

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Danica Loucks
Hometown
Hamilton, Mont.
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Probably Sociology and German
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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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