Location
Brunswick, ME
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1,831
Tuition
$44,118
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshmen dorms are always rumored to be the best, and they are nice. Each living space has its own atmosphere, but generally they're all nice. Some places are known for partying harder than others, but very few buildings are known to have terrible living conditions or unsanitary environments.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The Bowdoin campus is pretty safe, the only thing that could be improved is how available the health center is. Its hours can be kind of inconvenient and not open enough (like during weekends) but it's still a very nice resource.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Security is very flexible about the party scene and they're really friendly. Students and security typically have a positive relationship-- they are much more lenient than the local police. If someone drinks too much, security will make sure you're okay.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Majors: liberal arts college without liberal artsy-majors. majors focus on specific format, not a lot of interrelation between them. education should be about connecting knowledge not limiting it to one lense

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Bowdoin protects their sports players above all, others are held to different expectations.

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Weather: It's cold up here, muddy for a month and not warm until the last few weeks of school. My first semester it rained every Thursday, like clockwork. However, when it is glorious, it is glorious and when it's terrible, Everybody bonds over it.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Scholarships: I received mostly full tuition, though there are some expenses in which Bowdoin could be a bit stingy when compared to other colleges.

2 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: The drug scene at Bowdoin College is pretty benign, mainly consisting of pot. There's really not that many hard drugs on campus. I give Bowdoin an A because Security is very intelligent about how they deal with underage drinking on campus. They do not try and quash it, but they do their best to make sure that students are safe.

1 person found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Great variety and lots of appealing and healthy options!

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Campus Dining: Dining here is amazing. Our dining halls' worst days make most schools' best days look pathetic in comparison. There is usually a decent amount of variety (2 meat options, vegetarian and vegan options, a fair mix of organic and local foods). The school also caters to special diets (for example, if you're gluten free, the school keeps a nice stock of gluten free foods, a special toaster to prevent cross contamination, etc.) You can also request certain items (ex, blue agave nectar, gluten free waffles).
The dining hall is very receptive to student feedback and suggestions, as illustrated by the wall of comment cards (with replies from Dining staff) and special nights where dining cooks recipes suggested by Bowdoin students.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Academics: Academics here are simply amazing. Professors really prioritize teaching in most cases, and are accessible and willing to talk to you. Whatever qualms I may have with the school, I can say nothing negative about the academics. Figuring out the academic discipline you love at this place is an absolutely euphoric experience that is something special and worth cherishing.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Dorms here are pretty sweet. The rooms are usually in good condition and come with their own furniture, and are pretty spacious. Freshman dorms are essentially guaranteed to be nice, and the most social/amiable atmosphere is provided in freshman dorms simply because Proctors in dorms will foster that atmosphere of community, and because freshmen just tend to gravitate more towards one another (it's your first year and your establishing a social group, it's easiest to fall in line with your floor and roommates).
After freshman year, things get a little precarious. On a whole, nothing offered to you is really bad, it's just not as good as some of the other offerings.
Bowdoin has a housing lottery, which means your housing is somewhat left to chance. We have multiple lotteries "(chem-free, singles, doubles, triples, and quads/quints), and people enter each lottery with their block (roommates). Each block is assigned a number which determines when you can choose your housing (1 being the best). There are ways to ensure a higher number (example, seniors have priority, people who signed up chem free freshman year get preference in chem-free housing as upperclassmen), so picking your roommates can sometimes be more an exercise in strategy than friendship...
Best option: Chamberlain Quad. It is simply magnificent.
Worst option: Chamberlain Double: 2 people should not be forced to share a space that small.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Brunswick is not a dangerous town, and Bowdoin Security is always looking out for students. From the dedicated staff of Residential Life to Security Guards, we always have great people looking out for us. Generally theft is not a problem on campus, but nowhere is perfect and it does happen (especially bikes). We've got emergency buttons all over campus and security making rounds all day, every day (and night). Occasionally some sketchy figures are spotted on campus, but Security sends out reports and warnings about any such threats.
Brunswick/Bowdoin has a history of bias incidents (incidents of people yelling racial slurs to people of color, other such hateful acts), and while we have not had anything along the lines of physical violence, some students of color don't feel safe. I have never had such an incident occur and feel perfectly at ease in town (anyone coming from a large city will probably think issues of safety in Brunswick are a joke).

1 person found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Diversity: So Bowdoin has really been pushing for more diversity on campus of late. Let's be real, the college is in Maine, which is probably the whitest state in America (and if not, it's probably a big contender). So don't come here expecting Stanford level diversity, and if you're of color, perhaps prepare yourself for a whole new world of the way you perceive yourself and the way the surroundings perceive you, but respect that especially given the area, Bowdoin manages to draw a pretty diverse crowd.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Guys here are generally attractive, and most are usually pretty smart. A lot of athletes and workout enthusiasts, a plethora of smart guys and a few that might be lacking in desired level of intellect, but that's just the way the world works. Bowdoin isn't exactly known for its dating scene though. I will say that girls of color (myself included) tend to have some gripes about their love-life on a predominantly white campus.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Majors: Getting into a major here is usually pretty easy. You have to choose by the end of sophomore year, giving you plenty of time to finish the requirements of your major by the end of senior year. People even change their major as late as junior year (and the rare senior year). It's all about your ability to finish the requirements more than anything else.

2 people found this useful Report
3 College Junior

Weather: One does not choose to go to a school in Maine without realizing that winters will be tough. Some years, winters are worse than others (for example, last winter was nothing, but this winter was some sort of Game of Thrones apocalyptic winter).
So a lot of times, it is miserable to go outside in the winter. And classes don't get cancelled really, so you will end up walking outside in snow. I've unfortunately slipped on ice more times than I would like to share. Most days I walk outside I ask myself why on earth I would choose to go to this school.
However, my overall campus experience isn't really affected by this. Once you get some really good winter clothes, it's not that big of a deal. You just have to suck it up and go outside. What really ends up mattering is friends, social life, and academics. Those are the factors that really determine how awesome your life at school is--the s*** winters will just exacerbate any dissatisfaction you feel with other things going on in your life.
Also, the fall, spring, and summer are so picturesque, that it makes you forget the frozen over hell that is winter.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: Bowdoin is a very walkable campus, and Maine Street offers most necessities within walking distance (supermarket, restaurants, some shopping). Additionally, the school does what it can to make navigating the city easier and safer at night. We have a shuttle service (SafeRide) that will take you anywhere within a 1.0 mile radius from 6pm-2am (and the drivers of this service are all beautiful people who will offer you fantastic conversation to boot). Additionally the student government has an arrangement for free late night service with Brunswick Taxi on certain days of the week within (I believe) 3 miles of campus.
However, Brunswick lacks a great public transportation system. We have the Brunswick Explorer, but its hours are limited and it doesn't run on weekends. It can get you where you need to go for cheap, but anyone coming from a city with halfway decent public transportation won't be too impressed.
The school also runs a shuttle service from campus to Freeport and Portland on the weekends, and it's pretty cheap. Your only real limit is the time the shuttles run.
Additionally, Brunswick is now connected to Portland and Freeport via Amtrak as of this year.
Transportation here is steadily improving, but at times can leave a lot to be desired.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are great! They can only teach 2 courses at a time and are really interested in you and your learning style. Classes are rigorous, but very worthwhile - there is very little "busy work." There are many major options. Study spaces are comfortable and abundant.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Majors: I recently made my decision to become and Earth and Oceanographic Science major official. I love the classes available to me and we have many individual and group research opportunities. I feel supported in terms of current education and future job prospects.

1 person found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Campus Dining: The dining halls are a wonderful place. They always try to keep the students happy and listen to comments. The food is very good, though after going here for almost three years it could seem a bit repetitive.

4 College Junior

Academics: The best thing about academic life here at Bowdoin is that there are many professors who care about you. If you are struggling though a class any professor is happy to help. Though the work load is tough it is very hard to fail a class unless.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a variety of different ethnic restaurants within walking distance, but because it is a small town some people may think there are not enough. In my opinion there is plenty of diversity. Plus some places do give discounts or have specials for Bowdoin students.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There is a definite reason why nearly all students choose to live on-campus all four years; the options are amazing and very accommodating.

7 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Academics: Bowdoin is host to faculty members who are brilliant scholars as well as pedagogical enthusiasts. Professors, more often than not, are devoted to their students' learning. This school is a great place to learn and, in turn, exercise your intellectual curiosity in whatever way you see fit.

1 person found this useful Report
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Danica Loucks
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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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