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

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5 College Freshman

Facilities: All the facilities here are very well equipped and at good qualities. The gym is big and has enough machines for everyone. Dorms are greatly provided with enough bathrooms and showers. The couches are incredibly comfy. The washers and dryers work well though it is quite expensive for a cycle. But in overall, the facilities are great!

5 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The health service is unobtrusive, but available and good when you need them. Free condoms and free flu shots are the main services most students utilize.
It's extremely rare for safety to be an issue. There are occasional alcohol-related hospital transports, but because consent and sexual safety are heavily emphasized, hookup-related issues are rare. Many students don't show any concern for theft, and the only issues I've heard of are drunk locals stealing a few bikes a year and getting caught.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Bowdoin's dining is amazing and more than worth what it costs. While it's not quite as good as my home food, many students would rather have dining food than home food. While it might be nice if dining was open 24/7 (their hours are still decent), it's hard to complain about anything. Sure, the lettuce might seem old on Thursdays, and a fish taco might be soggy if you come late, but beside them are fresh spinach and amazing London broil. With at least four main options (and about six sides, plus salad and sandwich bars, a few desserts and always-available cereal) in the all-you-can-eat environment (plus the made-to-order pub meals and express meals), dining is awesome, even after a couple of years. Also, there are always veggie/vegan options, about 90% of which are top quality.

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4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: Nightlife is there for anybody that wants it. Decent campus-wide parties, hosted by college houses sophomores, cater to freshmen and have beer except on dry weekends. Older students tend towards private parties. Other events (awesome laser tag last weekend), the pub and late night weekend dining options are there for everyone. Hookups and drinking are prevalent, but not socially necessary.

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4 College Sophomore

Diversity: Bowdoin has come far in terms of ethnic and racial diversity. The administration consistently works to improve upon this, and the college as a whole is extremely welcoming. I give an A- due to lack of diversity in political beliefs and (although 45% of the student body receives financial aid) economic background. Otherwise, Bowdoin is amazing, and it keeps working hard to improve itself on this issue.

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4 College Sophomore

Parking: Seems like parking is pretty much always availbable

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: Brunswick experiences very cold winters with A LOT of snow, but that's not necessarily a bad thing, because it's beautiful to see. The fall is probably the most pleasant season, and the spring can be a bit unpredictable.

5 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I've never felt unsafe at Bowdoin - security is always helpful and friendly, and crime is very uncommon.

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3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking is most popular at Bowdoin College, the weekends are sort of centered around it. Smoking is common, but hard drugs are not really visible. If you look hard enough for something you can find it though.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is amazing. You can get tired of certain meals by the end of the semester. Compared to other schools, we eat like royalty. There are always many options, the food is tasty and fresh, lots of healthy foods. There are only two dining halls which I love because you're bound to go in and find your friends. I love that we don't have subway or chick fil a or anything like that, I would get so sick of fast food! The dining halls make real meals. The "special" nights and ethnic displays never disappoint. Get in line early for Thanksgiving!! They open one of the dining halls on weekend nights for "super snacks." The dining employees are very nice.

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4 College Sophomore

Computers: 50/50 PC and Mac. Its very easy to find an available computer. Free Wifi all over campus. Most students use their own laptops.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Many people are involved with varsity sports. Students not on teams sometimes refer to themselves as NARPs (non athletic regular people) jokingly. I can see how it might seem like too many students are jocks. But because so many people do sports, it means athletes aren't treated like gods like at most schools. Its only a part of someones personality.

IM and club sports are mildly popular.

Games aren't super well attended except during homecoming and the Colby hockey games.

Facilities are really nice, trainers are helpful.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: Well no one drives to class that I know of unless they live in the few far away dorms (Mayflower, Pine) and even then many walk. To park anywhere, you need a decal for specific lots which aren't always right in front of where you want to be.

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3 College Sophomore

Weather: The weather itself is fine. The fact that Bowdoin is in Maine just sounds scary. The campus looks picture perfect with New England leaves, glittery snow, and in the spring sun. Fall is my favorite, it just feels like college to me. It doesn't get very grey because we're right on the ocean, we're a little more temperate. However, because we are on the far end of a time zone, we get very early sunsets in winter- like, 4:00 pm. Which can be depressing for a couple weeks, but then you go home for a month for winter break. Also, snow never cancels class but they shovel really well and classes are all close.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Wonderful assortment of really good low-key and some upper-end restaurants in Brunswick.

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3 College Junior

Computers: While the wireless access is pretty good, access to your student account from campus computers is slow, as are those computers themselves.

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5 College Junior

Facilities: Beautiful campus, full of green spaces and a mix of old and modern buildings.

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5 College Sophomore

Facilities: Bowdoin's campus is awesome. The quad is awesome and a great place to hang out. Everything is so close that even walking to the other side of campus in the middle of the night in the dead of winter is manageable. The town of Brunswick is also awesome. It is so classic New England and there are so many cute restaurants available. Also Portland is close enough for students to go down there for trips. There are also so many things to do through the outing club so students are never bored. The gym is pretty much always open and the campus is super athletic and fit so there are always people in there.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial process is tricky, but the school truly wants to give financial aid to as many people as possible. Bowdoin also offers both unsubsidized and subsidized loans to students who do not get financial aid.

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3 College Sophomore

Computers: There are a few labs on campus and the computers all work pretty fast. There are often many people in the labs, but availability isn't usually an issue. Most people have their own computers, but I am sure that it would be fine if you didn't have a laptop since there are plenty of computers.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Awesome housing and great people living all around you. The freshman housing is right in the center of campus and all of the dorms have been newly renovated so it is prime living. The social aspect of the dorms is awesome because each freshman dorm is affiliated with a social house so there is immediately a link between the freshman and the social scene.

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4 College Sophomore

Parking: Sometimes can be hard to find a spot, but such a small campus that nobody really needs to drive anywhere.

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3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: As far as bars and clubs go, there is no such thing as "nightlife" at Bowdoin. Even if you are of age, bars in town are not very popular, and the majority of campus chooses to party either in social houses, off-campus houses, or upperclassmen dorms (the Tower has a pretty awesome party scene)

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3 College Sophomore

Transportation: There isn't much need for transportation, as the campus is close to downtown Brunswick, and there are both bus and train stations nearby. However, transportation after hours can be hard to come by, with a typical 45 minute to an hour wait for a shuttle to take you around campus at night. The shuttle service also recently did away with transportation to off-campus houses, which makes going to parties on the weekends somewhat of a hassle, especially if you choose to drink.

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5 College Senior

Campus Dining: Fantastic food with plenty of locally sourced options, from New England farms and the school's organic garden. Local items are labelled, as are gluten free, vegetarian, and vegan options. I still have a full meal plan entering my senior year and am completely content. Some dishes get old after four years, but every meal you go to will have a dish you are excited to eat. There are two dining halls: Thorne and Moulton. Freshman year there is a constant debate between which one is better, but after that most people simply go to the closer of the two. Thorne has a large vaulted dining room with plenty of light, while Moulton has two darker dining rooms with lower ceilings, that are definitely on the "cozy" side of things.

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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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