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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's a lot of good options, but nothing like you'd find in a big city. It can get expensive, but it's close to campus and can be fun.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's a small, prestigious college, so it's never too crazy. Ivies, the yearly music festival, can get pretty intense, but for the most part it's relatively quiet.

4 College Freshman

Administration: Security is all about keeping it safe, not punishment. If you're caught with hard alcohol you could be put on social probation, especially if you need to get transported, but beer is easy to come by and you almost certainly won't get in trouble for it. If you're caught with drugs you will get in trouble, but if you're honest they'll probably give you an easy punishment.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Bowdoin really tries to be affordable to everyone, and from what I've heard they're usually pretty successful. If you have problems, I would really talk to the financial aid office. We have one of the best endowments for colleges our size and only 48% of the population is on financial aid, so I would be exceptionally surprised if they couldn't shuffle money around if you have a good reason.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Food is fabulous at Bowdoin. There are always gluten-free and vegan options. In the interest of full disclosure, my vegan roommate does complain about the vegan food a fair amount (there's usually only one or two options, so if those aren't on point you're pretty stuck), but unless you go to a super-liberal school, I really doubt you'd find better anywhere else. As a vegetarian, I can always find wonderful food. If you don't like dining hall options, there is always the Pub, and the restaurants around are good (but expensive).

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: First-year housing is actually pretty good-- all rooms, from doubles to quints have a common room, which is super useful when you're living with four other people. After first year, the good housing options get a bit harder to get into, and most sophomores end up far off campus. Non-chem free housing (where you and your floor/housemates agree not to have alcohol or drugs in the room) is pretty disgusting, but it makes it much easier to find a party.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone is social for the most part.

5 College Student

Party Scene: There's a little bit of everything happening. The College also has lots of activites, and many people go on Outing Club adventures.

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3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: Most people prefer to live on campus because the atmosphere is just so great. The apartments that Bowdoin has are nice, but I'd say most people stay on campus.

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5 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Brunswick, ME has a lot to offer when it comes to cuisine! There is a great Indian restaurant, along with Mexican, Italian, many different types of Asian, gelato, bakeries, donut shops, seafood (Bowdoin is right next to the ocean), Thai, homemade pizza, sushi, etc. There are so many options that I haven't been to all of them. Many different ethnicities.

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5 College Student

Administration: Bowdoin respects its students and trusts us to do the right thing.

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5 College Student

Scholarships: Bowdoin is need-blind in the admissions process, and they also guarantee that you will graduate debt free. Because Bowdoin cares about the common good, they truly want people to go into the world pursuing their passion instead of trying to pay off college debt.

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5 College Student

Campus Food: Food at Bowdoin consistently ranks either #1 or #2 in the country. IT'S AMAZING. So many healthy options, and it's all just so great. There are also food trucks, and there are night snacks on the weekends as well. Brunswick also has a plethora of restaurants (as well as amazing gelato)

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5 College Student

Campus Housing: Friendly environment. Gorgeous campus. Dorms consistently rank as one of the best in the country. Downtown Brunswick is adorable and has anything a college student could want; there are also many many restaurants of almost every ethnicity. Bowdoin blends right into the Brunswick community.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I haven't experienced it myself.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Nice assortment including breakfast diners, Indian restaurants, and more.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I feel as though they jump to conclusions sometimes.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The scholarship paid for nearly everything. The only problem is that doing everything over the internet is troublesome sometimes

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College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't attend many parties

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Rooms are spacious and residence halls are kept clean by the the school's janitors bi-weekly.

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College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Some people do it, but I havent personally looked for off-campus housing, so I wouldn't know.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's a ton of cool places to choose from! They're just too expensive for me to go out much when I have meals already paid for on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: A lot of parts of the administration are really really amazing, and doing lots of work to make Bowdoin a better place to be. However, I have to say the administration as a whole is only okay, because certain higher-ups are VERY reticent to change, and keep policies in place that are long-standing but unjust. I'm part of several social justice clubs on campus, and we've gotten increasingly frustrated with the admin's mere lip-service to positive, constructive change without them actually working with us to accomplish something.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They give out pretty good financial aid, but they have some really annoying policies that dis-incentivize saving-- like for instance, if I pick a cheaper meal plan option, they cut your financial aid by that amount so that your family don't actually save any money. Pretty ridiculous and annoying policy if you ask me. Other than those bureaucratic things, the people in the Aid Office do a good job trying to make the process smooth.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I'm not really into Social House parties, so I don't go to those much. there are a LOT of choice of things to do here, which is great, I just don't care much about the hardcore party scene. I have fun with my friends at smaller dorm parties, which is all I need to be happy with the party scene.

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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.

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