Bowdoin College

639 reviews
  1. Brunswick, ME
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    A+
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    A-
Bowdoin College is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
New England Small College Athletic Conference
Address
255 Maine Street
Brunswick, ME 04011

Bowdoin College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
15%
SAT Range
1360-1510
ACT Range
31-33
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Recommended
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$22,289/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $5,925/ year
  • $30-48k
    $6,713/ year
  • $49-75k
    $12,173/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,367/ year
  • $110k+
    $36,770/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
98%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.42 responses
73%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.44 responses
39%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.44 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,802Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
14%
Varsity Athletes
35%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 22 responses
Report
  • Smart and Energetic
    32%
  • Bright and intelligent, yet modest
    23%
  • Driven
    14%
  • Smart, strategic, casual
    14%
  • Drive, passionate
    9%
  • Ambitious
    5%
  • Lighthearted and casual
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
97%
of students say they don't have Greek life.30 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.50 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 23 responses
Report
  • Bowdoin is the people that make it.
    43%
  • Best college ever!
    30%
  • Exceptional
    22%
  • Bowdoin makes me optimistic about the future.
    4%

After Bowdoin College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$54,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
93%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
90%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.21 responses

Reviews

639 reviews
  • Excellent
    237
  • Very Good
    233
  • Average
    154
  • Poor
    10
  • Terrible
    5
If you like the small-town feel, the town of Brunswick is great! Everything shuts down at 1am, so not for those who want to party all night, but people will recognize you in town and in general the townies are pretty nice to the students (unless you're clearly a privileged asshole, because they already assume you will be--if you strive to not be this person or just aren't, you're fine). The restaurants are all delicious and we have quite a bit of diverse/ethnic options for our location in Brunswick, ME. And I've never felt unsafe walking around at night, even at 3pm. But if you're a nervous nellie, there's a campus shuttle called Safe Ride that takes students around to different places on campus like the library/dorms, and some places in town (perfect if you don't want to walk back from Joshua's, the local/one of few bars in town) until 2am.
  • Recent Alumnus
  • June 22 2014
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.
  • College Sophomore
  • Mar 18 2014
We love our security officers--couldn't imagine a nicer group of people! First and foremost, they are here to help students. There are clear lines that should not be crossed, but they are here to make sure we are safe and happy, which we really appreciate. I have never felt unsafe or uncomfortable on campus, which can be attributed to how safe Brunswick is and our fantastic security officers.
  • College Sophomore
  • 11 months ago