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3 College Junior

Transportation: Bowdoin is a very walkable campus, and Maine Street offers most necessities within walking distance (supermarket, restaurants, some shopping). Additionally, the school does what it can to make navigating the city easier and safer at night. We have a shuttle service (SafeRide) that will take you anywhere within a 1.0 mile radius from 6pm-2am (and the drivers of this service are all beautiful people who will offer you fantastic conversation to boot). Additionally the student government has an arrangement for free late night service with Brunswick Taxi on certain days of the week within (I believe) 3 miles of campus.
However, Brunswick lacks a great public transportation system. We have the Brunswick Explorer, but its hours are limited and it doesn't run on weekends. It can get you where you need to go for cheap, but anyone coming from a city with halfway decent public transportation won't be too impressed.
The school also runs a shuttle service from campus to Freeport and Portland on the weekends, and it's pretty cheap. Your only real limit is the time the shuttles run.
Additionally, Brunswick is now connected to Portland and Freeport via Amtrak as of this year.
Transportation here is steadily improving, but at times can leave a lot to be desired.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: The professors are great! They can only teach 2 courses at a time and are really interested in you and your learning style. Classes are rigorous, but very worthwhile - there is very little "busy work." There are many major options. Study spaces are comfortable and abundant.

4 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Majors: I recently made my decision to become and Earth and Oceanographic Science major official. I love the classes available to me and we have many individual and group research opportunities. I feel supported in terms of current education and future job prospects.

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5 College Junior

Campus Food: The dining halls are a wonderful place. They always try to keep the students happy and listen to comments. The food is very good, though after going here for almost three years it could seem a bit repetitive.

4 College Junior

Academics: The best thing about academic life here at Bowdoin is that there are many professors who care about you. If you are struggling though a class any professor is happy to help. Though the work load is tough it is very hard to fail a class unless.

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4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: There are a variety of different ethnic restaurants within walking distance, but because it is a small town some people may think there are not enough. In my opinion there is plenty of diversity. Plus some places do give discounts or have specials for Bowdoin students.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: There is a definite reason why nearly all students choose to live on-campus all four years; the options are amazing and very accommodating.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Bowdoin is host to faculty members who are brilliant scholars as well as pedagogical enthusiasts. Professors, more often than not, are devoted to their students' learning. This school is a great place to learn and, in turn, exercise your intellectual curiosity in whatever way you see fit.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Food: All the hype is true. Bowdoin is ranked #1 for a reason. The two main dining halls, both with different menus every day and night, always have such a great variety in food for all eating preferences and tastes. Looking forward to the next meal is a norm.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: There is a palpable athletic presence on campus. At times, it seems that the majority of students are athletes just because most people are so fit and in shape. Some athletic events are more attended than others, but that's no different from any other school really.

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5 College Sophomore

Majors: All majors at Bowdoin are easily accessible to all students. If you want to major in something, you can as long as you put in the work.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Girls Good, Guys Ok. I think the girls are very pretty and attractive. There are only some guys who would meet the same level as many of the girls. Although it might just be my taste in guys.

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3 College Junior

Diversity: Many White People – The school is trying to be more diverse but the number of white people s still very high.

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4 College Junior

Administration: Tough but Fair – There isn't much strictness on underage drinking unless it gets out of hand and people are needing transports. The school is very strict when it comes to cheating and plagiarism though so don't mess with that.

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Tough but Fun – Bowdoin could be the best four years of your life or it can be the worst. The key is to balance your social life and your academic life. If you work hard and party hard then you will have a great time. Don't let either one be greater than the other.

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Housing: Available and Good, but Not Necessary – Most students choose campus housing because it is so nice and rather convenient. However, there are several houses in town that 3-6 students will rent together, which can mean much cheaper housing than on-campus room fees. However, if you're going to live off-campus, you have to get on finding a house early on. Don't wait until the last minute or your options will be limited!

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4 College Senior

Weather: Overall, a Pleasant Place – It can be hot and humid in the beginning and the end of the school year and can be cold and snowy anywhere between November and March. But those aren't constants--and the snow, at least, can be fun. The rest of the time, Brunswick enjoys moderate temperatures. It rains often, but puddle hopping is fun, too!

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3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Not What I Expected – A lot of first-years go hard drinking the first few weeks and party a lot on weekends, they get sloppy and there are plenty of creepy guys just looking for hook-ups. Sometimes the social house parties are good, but often they are way too hot because the entire campus is virtually packed into the basement of one of the social house's basements dancing. There are some bars in town that upperclassmen go to on the weeknights, but the options for underage students is limited.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Looking for Balanced Students! Bowdoin is unique in that it looks for applicants who are more than just numbers on a paper, they want REAL people who are interesting and will add something to the community. SAT scores are not mandatory and the applicants with the highest GPAs don't necessarily get in. Legacy status definitely will help with admissions, while financial need will not affect your chances of being accepted since Bowdoin is "need-blind".

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Great Faculty and Opportunities – I'm a prospective environmental studies and economics co-ordinate major. The economics department is quite strong, as is the ES department. The staff who run the ES department are particularly helpful; they're very approachable and run lots of cool lectures and symposiums. It's great if you are interested in fisheries, rivers, or geology due to the ideal location which allows classes to go out on the coast and explore. So far the workload has been challenging but manageable.

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4 College Sophomore

Majors: Good Options to Choose from – Although there are less majors offered at Bowdoin than at other schools, I feel that those available are focused and applicable to the real world and will therefore help students in secureing a job.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There Are Some Great Places Off Campus, but Many Are a Bit Expensive – There are a handful of really great places to eat in town, they are just a bit pricey. My favorites are Wild Oats (a great sandwich/soup place that is more affordable than the other options and has some of the best key lime pie ever!), Little Tokyo (not the best sushi ever, but for a small town in Maine, pretty awesome), Frosty's (seriously some of the best donuts I've ever had), Cody's (their cookie dough ice cream is to die for), Gelato Fiasco (BEST GELATO EVER!!!!!) and Frontier Cafe (a bit on the expensive side, but nice). For a town the size of Brunswick, this isn't that bad...

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Dorms Are AWESOME!!! This past spring semester, I went to visit a friend at Brown, and until then I did not realize how lucky I am to be living in Bowdoin dorms. They are huge! For the first year quads, there are two bed rooms with two people each, and then a large common room with desks and a couch. The doubles (West and Osher) have one bedroom and a common room. The dorms themselves are very nice. The bathrooms/showers are in the hall, and are cleaned every weekday by someone from Housecleaning (who most people becomes friends with very quickly. Have definitely gotten some great advice from the person that cleans my dorm). Overall the dorms are just unbelievable, a great place to live. And the first year dorms are on the main quad, so they are really convenient.

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4 College Sophomore

Administration: Very Lenient – My proctor (an upperclassman who lives on each first year dorm floor) was incredibly lenient with us. She was very cool if we came back drunk. I started drinking when I went to college, and she was a huge influence in helping me learn how to drink so that I am safe. Bowdoin security is also incredible. From the beginning they drill in our heads that you won't get in trouble for calling them if a friend is very drunk. They would much rather have you safe than in danger. The college knows that students will drink, and they therefore try to create an environment where we can drink but remain safe.

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5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety Is Never an Issue – Not once have I ever felt unsafe at Bowdoin. Brunswick is a small town that is incredibly safe (my friends and I have made donut runs at 4 am and felt completely fine). Bowdoin security are some of the friendliest people ever, and make you feel unbelievably safe. If you don't feel comfortable going somewhere when it gets dark, we have Safe Ride, which will take you anywhere on campus, or pick you up within a mile off campus until 1 AM. The Health Center is ineffective, but very nice. You have to schedule an appointment, no matter what. However, the greatest part of the Health Center is that they offer free and anonymous STI testing. You can go as much as you want, no charge at any time. And again, everyone is very nice.

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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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