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.

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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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4 College Sophomore

Computers: Most of the computers are up to date, and the network is a little wonky sometimes, but mostly everything works ok. It might be a good idea to have a printer, but it's also totally doable to not have one.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There's basically something for everyone at Bowdoin. If you drink, there are small parties in peoples' rooms to attend, as well as parties at the college houses (similar to frats, but not as exclusive). There are also lots of chem-free programming done by Howell House (the chem-free college house), ResLife, Student Activities, and then also lots of free concerts/art exhibits to check out.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: This is coming from a person who doesn't participate in an athletics team at Bowdoin, but I'd say the athletics scene is pretty great. Bowdoin's hockey and field hockey teams are the most successful, but our basketball teams have also done pretty well in recent years. I've heard the football team doesn't do that well, but I've also never been to a game, so I can't really speak to that. School spirit it probably shown off the most at hockey games against Colby (our arch-rival). The athletic facilities are pretty great. Buck gym is open to athletes and non-athletes, and it looks like it's pretty well-equipped (also, we have a climbing wall, which is pretty sweet).

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I intern at a veterinary clinic near Bowdoin College, and I really enjoy my time there. The time commitment is pretty flexible, although I usually try to go once a week and stay for about 2-3 hrs. There's no pay, which is a little bit of a downer, especially since I'll be interning more this summer, but it's a lot of fun because the staff is great. I've slowly gotten more responsibilities as I've spent more time at the clinic, and I probably will have more after this summer. For right now, though, I help with small procedures, and also help to clean the floors/exam rooms.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: If you're talking about the internship, I'm pretty happy with it! I definitely would do it all over again, although I might try to do less extracurricular activities while I'm interning, since it's been a stressful semester.

My career goals are currently to go to vet school, and then hopefully become a veterinarian. Specifically, I'm interested in physical therapy for animals, although I know that's such a specialized field that there may not be positions available for that.


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