Campus Strictness

Brunswick, ME
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
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4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: Security is just looking out for safety--both in general, but also with partying. They won't bust you unless you're being an idiot, and just want to make sure everyone is having a good time and not being unsafe. The channels of communication are wide open, and if you need a wellness check because you're worried about someone you won't have additional worry about them/you getting in trouble. Finally, everyone's got their favorite security officer, so I think that says it all.

4 Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: The campus is very relaxed when it comes to underage drinking but very strict about drug use, including marijuana.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Freshman dorms are the biggest busts

3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: Campus strictness is not really high since everyone knows what is safe for them and never tries to do anything harmful to anyone.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Strictness: The school is very reasonable and the officers are some of the nicest people around.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 1st
    Best Campus Police
  • 108th
    Strictest Honor Code
  • 392nd
    Most Lenient Parking

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Danica Loucks
Hamilton, Mont.
Probably Sociology and German
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School policy states that no alcohol or drugs can be kept in campus housing where minors are present, but this policy doesn't seem to be followed at all times—then again, at what college can campus security maintain complete control over students and their drinking habits? In an attempt to monitor alcohol consumption and maintain a safe amount of alcohol on campus, the College rents kegs to the social houses, but other alcohol still finds its way onto campus. While Bowdoin Security seems to be pretty relaxed about knuckling down on illegal or excessive drinking, they shine when it comes to knowing when a party has spun out of control and may be unsafe. As a whole, the security employees are committed to taking care of Bowdoin students and keeping them safe—even after students have been irresponsible. For example, security always encourages students to call them if anyone is worried that another student might be at risk for alcohol poisoning. There are consequences that come along with security picking students up and taking them to Parkview Hospital, but they are at least cared for.

In regards to academics, the Honor Code reminds students of the importance of honesty in homework, taking exams, or running for student government. Anyone who violates this policy will have to go in front of the Judicial Board (J-Board), and just the threat of this tends to keep students honest. The J-Board is a student-appointed committee that, along with a faculty adviser, meets and discusses all student infringements of policy. In general, this committee exists more for precedent regarding academic integrity and student fights than for expelling students. On the whole, the College wants to see the students do well and succeed in all that they do.

Facts & Statistics

Students Are Most Likely to Get Caught...
  • Altering statues across campus with temporary costumes.
  • Carrying an uncovered container of alcohol.
  • Consuming hard alcohol.
  • Holding an alcoholic beverage while in an on-campus residential building when you are underage.
  • Holding an unregistered party.
  • Parking your car in a lot other than where your decal designates.
  • Stealing food from the dining halls.
  • Stealing the dorm name plate signs off the building.
  • Violating the Honor Code.

Student Polls

Rate strictness of administration policies on the following topics    Based on 35 responses

Very strict
Very lenient
  • Alcohol use in dorms
  • Attendance
  • Creating new student organizations
  • Drug use
  • Honor code
  • Noise violations
  • Parking
  • Protests/demonstrations
  • Underage drinking
  • Visitation in dorms

How do the campus police or safety officers affect your campus experience?    Based on 52 responses

  • 0% Very negatively. They treat everyone like criminals.
  • 0% Fairly negatively. They're only interested in breaking up the fun.
  • 8% Fairly positively. They're pretty easy to get along with if you respect them.
  • 92% Very positively. Officers are kind and helpful.
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