Alumni & Post-Grads

Location
Brunswick, ME
Undergrads
1,831
Tuition
$44,118
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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Alumni Office
Office of Alumni Relations
83 Federal St., Brunswick
Phone: (207) 725-3266
alumni@bowdoin.edu
polarnet.bowdoin.edu
Alumni Services
  • Alumni career services
  • Alumni scholarships
  • Lifetime e-mail forwarding
  • Online alumni directory
  • Opportunity to have wedding ceremony in Bowdoin Chapel
  • Subscription to Bowdoin Magazine
  • Venue for social events with a nice partly covered patio for barbecues and outdoor events, kitchen space, office space, and a friendly, knowledgeable staff
Alumni Publications
Bowdoin Magazine, a quarterly publication with features about the latest big news and events on campus, research projects worked on by faculty, and more.
Major Alumni Events
  • Alumni Weekend
  • Class reunions
  • Homecoming
Famous Alumni
  • Joel Abromson (Class of 1960) - served as state senator of Maine
  • Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (Class of 1852) - colonel in command of 20th Maine Infantry, defended Little Round Top at Gettysburg, received Congressional Medal of Honor, served four terms as governor of Maine, served as Bowdoin's president 1871-1883.
  • Kenneth Chenault (Class of 1973) - served as the CEO of American Express, helped bring AmEx back from the brink
  • William S. Cohen (Class of 1962) - served as U.S. senator from Maine before becoming secretary of defense for President Bill Clinton
  • Paul H. Douglas (Class of 1913) - served as U.S. senator from Illinois
  • Reed Hastings (Class of 1983) - founder of Netflix
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne (Class of 1825) - author of "Fanshawe," "The Scarlet Letter," and "The House of Seven Gables"
  • Oliver Otis Howard (Class of 1850) - Civil War hero and founder of Howard University, served as Howard University's first president from 1869 to 1874; Bowdoin's residence hall, Howard Hall, is named in his honor.
  • Alfred C. Kinsey (Class of 1916) - wrote "Sexual Behavior in the Human Male" and "Sexual Behavior in the Human Female" in 1953; Kinsey's research is still considered the largest and most significant study of human sexuality.
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (Class of 1825) - professor of modern languages at Bowdoin from 1829 to 1835, arguably the most popular literary figure in 19th-century America
  • Donald B. MacMillan (Class of 1898) - led one of Peary's support teams; MacMillan went on to lead more than two dozen expeditions to the Arctic, often enlisting Bowdoin College students as members of his scientific crew.
  • George Mitchell (Class of 1954) - served as U.S. senator from Maine from 1980 to 1995; from 1995 to 2000, he served as special adviser to President Bill Clinton and the secretary of state for economic initiatives in Ireland.
  • Robert E. Peary (Class of 1877) - reached the North Pole in 1909; Peary returned to the United States a national hero and was promoted to the rank of rear admiral.
  • Franklin Pierce (Class of 1824) - 14th president of the United States of America
  • Sumner T. Pike (Class of 1913) - served as president of the Atomic Energy Commission
  • John Brown Russwurm (Class of 1826) - Bowdoin's first black graduate and the third black man to graduate from an American college; he went on to become co-founder and co-editor of the country's first black newspaper, Freedom's Journal.
  • Joan Benoit Samuelson (Class of 1979) - won gold medal in the first women's Olympic marathon, held in Los Angeles in 1984
  • Calvin Stowe (Class of 1824) - married to Harriet Beecher Stowe, who wrote "Uncle Tom's Cabin" in his study while he was living in Appleton Hall
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