Diversity at Bowdoin is relative, and depending on a student's background, Bowdoin may seem diverse or not. Minority students make up about 30 percent of Bowdoin's student body; however, racial diversity isn't the only factor contributing to a student body of unique individuals. Although many Bowdoin students come from the wealthiest 5 percent of families in the United States, students describe the College as being an economically diverse place. Financial aid allows students from various financial backgrounds to attend Bowdoin. And, the international student population has been steadily growing in response to Bowdoin's initiative to increase diversity.
Bowdoin doesn't show much political diversity, and most students identify themselves as liberal. Interestingly, though, many view the rest of the student body as more liberal than themselves. There is also a small presence of conservative views. Religion does not play a large role on campus—although there is a broad range of religious views, differences in religion do not seem to build walls between students. The most diverse aspect of Bowdoin is probably sexual orientation. Students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender are accepted. In general, most Bowdoin students are accepting of all minorities on campus.