Health & Safety

Brunswick, ME
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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Always feel safe walking, drinking gets stupid

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe living here and never have to worry about my anything.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: There is very little crime. The town is very safe and safety is not a major issue.

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: Bowdoin security is great. Any report is always followed up on, and they mean it when they say they are here to do for you and not to you. As long as you cooperate with them you will be fine. They are all genuinely nice people and love talking to students on weekend nights.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Safety and security is generally pretty helpful and easy to get along with. Health services is a little more on the mediocre side in terms of service and ability to see students in a convenient amount of time. It usually books up pretty far in advance.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 6th
    Safest Campuses
  • 1205th
    Best Student Health Center
  • 1339th
    Most Visible Campus Police

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Danica Loucks
Hamilton, Mont.
Probably Sociology and German
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Bowdoin is a campus of familiar faces, so it is likely that students and Security will notice someone who shouldn’t be on campus. Security keeps faculty, students, and administration alert of any suspicious behavior, and the blue-light stations and yellow call boxes all over campus offer access to help if it's needed. Much is heard on the news about rape, theft, and even murder on other college campuses across the country, but occurrences like these are rare at Bowdoin. These issues are still addressed, however, through student organizations that work to raise awareness about such problems. Security also offers the free Safe Ride service that provides rides to and from all parts of campus during the evening and night, which is helpful when students are studying late into the night and don’t want to walk home alone. Overall, the majority of Bowdoin students say they feel secure, and female students say they feel safe traversing the campus late at night simply because they have no reason to feel threatened. And, if students do voice any concern, the security directors are more than willing to listen and do what they can to make appropriate changes.

In regards to personal health, the College has a wonderful new health and wellness center, but the reviews from students are all over the place, ranging from high to low quality and from very convenient to very inconvenient. The health center staff will seek you out if they've received a message of concern from someone else, but going in to get an appointment can sometimes be frustrating. However, the health center is a reliable resource for birth control and medicine like ibuprofen and acetaminophen. There is also a nutritionist, but appointments with her are very difficult to get because she is only in the health center one or two days a week. Overall, the accessibility to Bowdoin's health center could improve, but once you get in, you are under the care of friendly, qualified professionals.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 8
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 1
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Office of Safety and Security
Rhodes Hall
(207) 725-3314 (non-emergencies); (207) 725-3500 (emergency)
Safety Services
  • 24-hour communications center
  • 24-hour foot, vehicle, and bicycle campus patrol
  • 24-hour residence hall security
  • Bicycle and laptop registration system
  • Emergency alert program
  • Emergency call boxes
  • Escort and Safe Ride services
  • Films, pamphlets, and posters
  • Lighted pathways/walks
  • Loudspeaker system
  • Secure firearms storage
  • Self-defense classes
  • Shuttle buses
  • Whistle program
Health Center
Dudley Coe Health Center
Peter Buck Center for Health and Fitness, third floor
(207) 725-3770
Monday-Tuesday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-2 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical services
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Lab services
  • On-site pharmaceuticals
  • Physicals for study-away programs and jobs
  • Self-care resources
  • STD screening
  • Travel medicine
  • Vaccines
  • Wellness classes
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
  • There are two large hospitals in Brunswick.
  • The crime index for the United States is 320.9 (as of 2008), and the crime index in Brunswick is 137.3. This is also lower than surrounding areas, based on information from

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 27 responses

  • 64% None
  • 21% Excessive drinking
  • 9% Non-students on campus
  • 3% Criminal activity near campus
  • 3% Theft/robberies
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Drugs
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of safety escort services
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 0% Unlit pathways
  • 0% Violence among students
  • 0% Walking alone

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 26 responses

  • 4% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 4% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 15% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 15% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 15% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 46% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 4% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 50% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 46% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 26 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 4% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 96% Extremely safe and secure on campus.


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