Bowdoin College Summary

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Basic Statistics

Brunswick, ME
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
16 %
Admission Difficulty
Very Hard
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • The close-knit community
  • The dining hall food and service people
  • The huge Outing Club program
  • The awesome housing available to students

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • The administration seems very bureaucratic at times.
  • Being towed without warning
  • Brunswick doesn't stay up all night.
  • Twenty-five percent of the campus claims to be from Boston.

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Bowdoin Student Reviews

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3 Recent Alumnus

Guys & Girls: Kind of homogenous--upper-class, privileged, and white. That gets annoying, but once you find people who aren't carbon copies of each other people are really friendly and interesting to get to know.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Facilities are awesome, and we are lucky to have all of what we do.

4 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: Our location in Maine is simply the best if you're outdoorsy.

5 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Pretty tough academics, but you come out feeling like you know so much more not only about your major, but other things too (benefits of the liberal arts curriculum). The professors are very accessible, and the students are competitive at all, which honestly is for the best because we all study so much that it would be annoying to do it alone/have to worry about your classmates on top of the subject material.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: Psychology is awesome, and we get to use a lot of the local facilities (i.e. hospitals) for real-world application of the textbook material. Plus, Psych at Bowdoin is actually tough and is respected as a major at Bowdoin, unlike some other schools

1 person found this useful Report

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