Location
Brunswick, ME
Undergrads
1,831
Tuition
$44,118
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Reviews 708 total reviews with an average rating of 4.0

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3 College Junior

Parking: There was an attempt to "change driving culture" on campus. It is basically impossible to drive to class because there are no student lots near any academic buildings. This is fine though because they campus is very walkable. Dorm parking is great except when there are parking bans due to poor weather, then it can be difficult to find a spot.

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Brunswick is one of the best small towns in America. There are honestly too many excellent restaurants within walking distance of campus that it makes it hard to choose. Local business owners love Bowdoin students and they are welcome at every establishment. For those looking for a more urban feel this would not be the place to be.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: All varsity teams are very high quality, however nearly half the campus plays a varsity sport. Most people are too wrapped up in their own athletic endeavors and there is not any school spirit or attendance at games.

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5 College Junior

Campus Dining: Any food you can think of...easy to put on weight.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: There is no reason to live off campus at Bowdoin unless you are a smelly hipster.

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5 College Junior

Campus Strictness: There are two things you can't get away with at Bowdoin: Any form of assault or theft.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Bowdoin security is great. Any report is always followed up on, and they mean it when they say they are here to do for you and not to you. As long as you cooperate with them you will be fine. They are all genuinely nice people and love talking to students on weekend nights.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Small, New England town. The College definitely fuels much of the local economy. Population seems to be more elderly than youthful.

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4 College Junior

Computers: Internet is wireless and basically everywhere on campus. It is fast and generally reliable. Printing is easy and inexpensive. IT services kind of suck though.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Students look good, but don't perform well on a social basis. The social scene is pretty awkward. Most people are relatively in shape and dress fairly well. Hookups are common and relationships are not so common.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Facilities: Campus is very aesthetically pleasing. Grounds and buildings are well maintained. Gym is really nice and fairly new. It offers various fitness classes throughout the semester. Libraries are nice.

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4 College Junior

Facilities: Academics and facilities (dorms, classrooms, libraries, labs, etc.) are great. Social scene is alright depending on what you are into.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: Alcohol is the most common drug. I'd say that adderall and ridelin come next followed by marijuana. We don't have a drug problem, but, as at any college, it is a factor of life.

2 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Most upperclassmen choose to live in college-owned housing because it is nicer than alternative options

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Very spacious dorms. Most people choose to live in college-owned housing because of the quality.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few places that are well-known among the student body. For more variety, one would have to go to Portland, which is about 40 minutes away.

College Junior

Greek Life: We don't have any Greek Life. Instead we have the College House system, which is similar to a Frat/Sorority system. Houses are generally populated by Sophomores and are co-ed.

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3 College Junior

Athletics: We are able to field some competitive teams but overall, I'd say that there is not a huge emphasis on the varsity teams by the student body. While many individuals participate in a varsity sport, turnout at the events/games is sub-par.

4 College Junior

Academics: It's alright. Teachers are willing to meet with students outside of class. Classes are not that interesting though.

5 College Junior

Academics: Workload is tough and teachers expect a lot out of students. Classes are engaging and there is a wide variety of subjects to choose from. Teachers are willing to meet with students outside of class.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safety and security is generally pretty helpful and easy to get along with. Health services is a little more on the mediocre side in terms of service and ability to see students in a convenient amount of time. It usually books up pretty far in advance.

4 College Junior

Majors: Many options. Professors who teach the courses are generally pretty knowledgeable and fairly well-known in their fields.

3 College Junior

Majors: The only concern that I have about finding a job after school is that many people outside of the Northeast have not heard of Bowdoin.

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4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Pretty lenient with everything except hard alcohol. Cheating is not tolerated and the Academic Honor Code is taken very seriously. The parking situation is made worse by the strictness with which it is enforced.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Mostly white New Englanders. About half very wealthy, half middle class to lower class. Socioeconomic divide is very evident. Mostly liberals on campus. LGBTQ community is pretty active. Religion is wide ranging - not a huge topic on campus.

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Danica Loucks
Hometown
Hamilton, Mont.
Major
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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