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Brunswick, ME
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1,831
Tuition
$44,118
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Overall Experience: Bowdoin is amazing. I wouldn’t do it any other way.

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Overall Experience: I’d have to say that, overall, I have had a wonderful experience. I’ve met lots of interesting and awesome people here. Advising from the faculty could be better, but then again, I should be more willing to take the initiative, too. I don’t want to be anywhere else besides inside this ‘Bowdoin bubble’—where the food is always good, Colby is forever despised, and everything is generally in good condition.

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Overall Experience: Overall, I’ve been thrilled and proud to be a Bowdoin student and have never wished that I were somewhere else.

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Overall Experience: It's been a good ride. Because of the field I want to go into, I'm very glad that the professors are willing to help me with independent studies since there aren't many classes that target my chosen career path.

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Overall Experience: I definitely do not wish I were anywhere else. I think college is what you make of it, so if you come here open-minded and friendly, you won’t have a problem graduating.

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Weather: It is very cold in the winter, and spring comes too late. However, the autumn is very pretty.

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Weather: Bowdoin offers typical New England weather with a few months of nice fall weather when you arrive, a nice two-month spring before you leave for the summer, and a long winter from the end of October to early April wedged in between.

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Weather: Like a cheap vodka, Maine weather is an acquired taste. But once you are around it so much, you get used to it. Remember, layers and thick clothes are your friends.

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Weather: Maine weather is unbelievable. As a Mainer, I’ve lived through many frigid winters, muddy springs, bright and colorful autumns, and warm summers. The weather is unpredictable in Maine, so bring your snowmobile suits, sweaters, gloves, wool hats, and shorts. Don’t forget your thermal underwear. Yet you won’t need all that come spring. As it warms up, shed the layers and apply the sunscreen because you’ll need the protection after the long winter. You will want to pack a light long-sleeve shirt for those warm days and chilly nights late autumn/early spring Maine offers. Also, don’t forget waterproof boots for mud season and insulated boots for the winter! Just be prepared because, as they say, ‘If you don’t like the weather in Maine, just wait a minute.’

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Weather: It's Maine. Layering is a definite must!

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Weather: Even in the summer, expect to be wearing sweaters. Winter is severely cold, but everyone here has been able to cope with it and thrive. Bring warm, real clothes (no cheap nylon or polyester, except when going to parties), good socks and boots, gloves and hats, a lot of T-shirts, and a lot of silly as well as classy suits for themed events.

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Weather: It is typical New England weather at Bowdoin—long, gray bitter winters, pleasant springs, and gorgeous summers. Stock up on North Face, wear layers, and bring boots, scarves, and hats. But be sure to break out those minis, flip-flops, and tank tops at the first sign of sun. Yeah, people up here get a little too excited about the first break of sun and mild weather.

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Weather: It’s a long, cold winter, so bring warm shirts, coats, and sweatshirts. A raincoat is helpful, and shorts and T-shirts are necessary when it’s warm in the spring.

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Weather: It gets extremely cold! I'd suggest a lot of wool, waterproof boots, long underwear, as much Thinsulate as you can find, and a good winter coat. Accessories like a hat, mittens, and a scarf are good as well. A trip to L.L. Bean would be wise.

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Weather: At the beginning and end of your time at Bowdoin, you can wear anything you want—even flip-flops and shorts if you want. Once winter hits, you’ll be wearing long johns and heavy jackets.

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Transportation: Unfortunately, there is no public transportation in the town of Brunswick. You either need to hitch a ride from a friend that brought a car or pay a taxi.

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Transportation: Getting a bus out of Brunswick is pretty easy, although the times aren’t always that convenient.

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Transportation: If your legs work or if you have a working wheelchair, it's pretty easy to travel around town.

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Transportation: Cars offer a big plus, but they aren't necessary.

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Transportation: Public transportation is extremely inconvenient.

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Transportation: There is no public transportation except for cabs. Get your own car or have a friend who has one to get around town.

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Transportation: We’re not a city—we’re a quaint town. The school runs shuttles to Portland and Freeport, but other than that, there is no public transportation.

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Transportation: There’s no public transportation around Brunswick, but it doesn’t really feel needed. Anywhere you really need to go downtown you can walk to.

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Transportation: Brunswick is too small to have public transportation. However, it's easy to catch a bus to Portland or another city on the weekend.

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Transportation: How convenient can public transportation be if it doesn't exist? More importantly, why would you need it in a place like Brunswick, where you can walk the length of downtown and be back in an hour?

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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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