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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Professors are excellent. They are extremely knowledgeable, all our experts in their fields, and very willing to devote time and effort to your learning. Classes are very interesting, engaging, and difficult. There is a wide variety of courses to choose from.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Local Atmoshpere – Brunswick is a very friendly quaint little town where you can do everything that you need to do.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: Bowdoin has an amazing diversity of offerings - from academic to athletic and extracurricular, it seems to excel everywhere. If someone had told me this before my going there, I would have been skeptical, but the college really does an amazing job at making sure that everyone has something meaningful to occupy their time with while at Bowdoin, and that there is a thriving culture.

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5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Minimal Drug Scene – The drug scene at Bowdoin is small. There is just too much other stuff to do, and people tend not to distract themselves with drugs

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: Physics Professors Brilliant, Helpful – The professors are extremely knowledgable and helpful. They clearly have a passion for what they do.

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Surprisingly Good – Coming to Brunswick, I was unsure whether there would be places to go out to get a nice bite with some friends. I was surprised when I found two Indian restaurants, a Japanese restaurant, a nice cafe, and many other perfect places to eat. The sheer variety of choices can satisfy anyone's pallet.

5 College Junior

Campus Quality: Best Gym Ever – When I first came to Bowdoin (2009), the gym was two small rooms while the new Buck Center was being finished. It was only about a month before the Buck Center opened and it was the best thing ever. Not only are the facilities amazing but the convenience of the location and expertise of the faculty is the best.

5 College Junior

Academics: Freshmen year, I thought that I was doing something wrong because all of my upper classmen friends were able to do their work and still have a social life. I found out that you learn how to efficiently work over your freshmen year and by the time sophmore year begins, you are able to not only do your academics but also join several clubs and sports without feeling stretched.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: The downside of having such great On-Campus housing means that few people decide to live off campus. Yet, the students who do choose to live somewhere else find very reasonably priced and nice little homes to live. There are a few apartments but mainly houses are the main source of off-campus housing.

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5 College Junior

Academics: The science department at Bowdoin may not be the largest in the world, but they more than make up for it by the sheer dedication that each professor puts into making the students better scientists and people in general. The department is also not so large that you get lost in the weeds. Every student gets specific attention and is ensured a gratifying education experience.

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5 College Junior

Diversity: Bowdoin is an amazing place where many students are comfortable with finding out who they are. Whether that means they are heterosexual, homosexual, transgender, or anything else. The support system at Bowdoin ensures that everyone feels comfortable and safe in their new home.

4 College Senior

Transportation: Saferide operates regularly and is good about getting students around campus, but it can often be backed up, so students may end up waiting 20-30 mins. The student government is good about helping students find shuttles to the airport during breaks.

4 College Senior

Technology: Internet access is pretty strong. The computers in the library can be slow, but students usually bring their own anyway. In other Labs, such as Kanbar, the school has supplied very nice Apple computers with large monitors avilable 24 hours a day.

4 College Senior

Academics: The Academics at Bowdoin are very strong. Each semester usually includes many interesting classes that are often tailored to a particular professor's experiences and/or expertise.

In my experience I have only had one or two professors that I was not very fond of, and collegeprowler just voted Bowdoin as having the smartest professors.

The Credit/D/Fail option is a nice special study option as it allows you to concentrate more effort and attention on classes for your major, while allowing one of your courses to be more casual.

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5 College Sophomore

Academics: A Lot of Requirements to Satisfy but Well Worth It! There are several complicated requirements in order to graduate with a Psychology major, but within the requirements, there is a lot of flexibility and all the classes are very interesting. There are some "required" classes you would think would be boring, but actually turn out to be helpful and worthwhile later. I love the Psychology department because it offers a wide berth of course selections and all my professors are quirky but great!

4 College Junior

Academics: Do Some Course Research – Bowdoin has a very good course variety for its size and as a Little Ivy it offers sound education in a number of subjects. Yet, like any school, Bowdoin has its fair share of dud courses. If you want to avoid the truly boring or pointless courses, I strongly suggest reading the course reviews and asking to skip introductory courses.

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5 College Student

Athletics: Athletes Are a Big Deal. Our teams are doing really well in Division III. Athletics are also a pretty big deal on campus, as most of the parties you attend that aren't social houses are mostly sport teams parties. More than half of campus are engaged in either a varsity or club sport. If you are not involved in athletics however, you won't be shunned at all.

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5 College Student

Health & Safety: Bowdoin Security is the best. We even have shirts with the face of our head of security on them, that's how much we love them. They're always watching out for the students, always polite, and some are really funny.

5 College Student

Academics: There's a joke between students about "The Bowdoin B" because of how hard it is to get an A at Bowdoin. Of course, there are easy classes you can take to make your semester work load a little easier. However, the majority of classes are pretty tough. On the other hand, grad schools and such know how tough Bowdoin can be, so students don't really freak out too much when they can't seem to get better than a B- in a class.

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4 College Student

Guys & Girls: It's a well known fact our guys are gorgeous, considering most of them are athletes. However, the girls are starting to get prettier and prettier every year, probably because they realize that's where all the hot guys are. The guys and girls aren't your typical state school/west coast "hot," but that's because they're all very classy and New Englandy, especially when the sun comes out and the winter layers come off.

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5 College Student

Campus Housing: The freshmen dorms are awesome, especially Osher and West. People seem to think that upperclassmen housing aren't as good but that's only because we're so spoiled as freshmen. If you compare our upperclassmen housing to any other college dorms, you would still be extremely impressed. Almost every dorm has its own common room. Upperclassmen often have kitchens too, and their own bathrooms. You probably won't find that in other places...

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: The Few Availble Options Out of Public Eye – Most students live on campus due the amazing options, convenience, and food options. Those that live off campus live quite close but are often frustrated by hypersensitive neighbors or difficult landlord agreements.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Social Houses or Aparments. Freshmen Are Spoiled – All freshmen live in one of 8 bricks in doubles, Quints or Quads. These are all large, conveniently placed, and great places to meet your best friends for the rest of the year. Gender-split restrooms, co-ed floors, laundry and bike-rooms in the basement. Each Freshmen dorm is affiliated to a sophomore-inhabited social house or Quasi-Frat. They throw the parties and many campus events. Upperclassmen choose from a variety of campus-owned apartments (none further than a half mile from the center of campus, the 15 floor quad tower, or or dorms. Chem-free housing is also available. Apartments are better for parties and highly desireable, however, the distance and housing lottery pressures can be frustrating.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: Best Food and Polar Points- Few Stray from Standard 19-Meal Plan – Bowdoin Dining is a prestigious insitution that is proud of its history of superior quality and variety in the national campus review scene. The two dining halls, Thorne and Moulton offer significantly different dining atmospheres and are accomadating to every length of meal and diet type. The Pub and Cafe accept the 100 dollars worth of "Polar Points" for after-hours eating that are standard with each meal plan. The 10:30-1am "super snacks" are a luxurious refuge from the thursday-saturday night drinking scene.

4 College Freshman

Parking: No Real Need for a Car – There are parking areas, but unless you live off campus then one doesn't really need a car.

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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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