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Reviews 614 total reviews with an average rating of 4.1

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4 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Not Noticeable at All – The most popular drug is marijuana, but only a very, very small part of the college participates, and it is never a determiner of a social group. If you don't want to, no one will ever make you feel bad about it and will often not do it to make sure you don't feel left out.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Our food may be frequently touted as the best college/university food in the country, but as a vegan I am EXTREMELY disappointed with my options. At least 5 nights a week my only option is some sort of pasta, and when that isn't available I end up eating rice or struggling to find vegan bread. One night they will have multiple delicious vegan options, and then the next night my only options will be a disgusting dish that no one eats, or even worse, nothing--except salad and cereal. Dining services needs to learn to look at their day-to-day menues from a vegan's perspective. When they do so, they will see that despite their efforts to create vegan dishes (which they do succeed at doing on occasion), their vegan offerings need to be more consistent at the very least. Is it really too much to ask to have vegan bread available every night? How hard would it be to spread out the vegan dishes so that I have (non-pasta) options EVERY night, not just a few nights a week? Come on Bowdoin, you can do better.

3 College Freshman

Transportation: Bowdoin is located in the extremely small town of Brunswick, Maine. The town just adopted a public transportation system with two buses. The buses go all over the city of Brunswick. There are also three Zipcars on campus. For larger groups, campus vehicles can be rented out.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Environmental Studies Major – I love being an ES major. The program is unique and allows you to pick from three concentrations. The programs directors are always looking to help the students with anything! The students in the program are very passionate!

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5 College Freshman

Technology: The computers at Bowdoin are excellent. There are MAC's and PC's. Students can use whichever they prefer in the labs,as they can pick from which software they prefer befor logging in. Most people do own their laptops.

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3 College Sophomore

Parking: i gotz a spot but i stil get soooo manny prkin tix, lay off it gaiz--sheesh!

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: its liek so effin good omg, dey have all mah favesies cerials n stuf---all da TIME!!!!! not a+ cuz ders no mor capn krunch

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5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The off-campus housing at Bowdoin College offers students to take on new responsibilities, and develop into more mature individuals. The off-campus students still participate with on-campus students, which creates a friendly environment for everyone living at Bowdoin. The housing is surveyed every night by both police and security to protect students from possible threats or injury.

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4 College Sophomore

Parking: There isn't really much of a need for a car on campus, you aren't allowed to have a car as a freshman, there are a lot of places you can park without being noticed

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Atmosphere is really nice, freshman dorms are the best I've ever seen, great options for upper classmen, not as many options if you want to live off campus

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Safety and Drinking Policy – The college feels very safe and students and security are very friendly. Students are told to not be afraid to call if there's ever a problem, even if it's drinking related.

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5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: Drinking Is King – Our campus is drenched in alcohol, but not so hot on the drugs. People here seem to be more about weed than anything else I guess, and people who smoke weed don't seem to comprise a large amount of the student body (but I could just be talking to the wrong people...)
In any case, the social scene here revolves around drinking, but the college is very open and pretty much accepting of the fact that college life for some reason demands alcohol. As such, security and administration isn't that strict about alcohol, but they do have plenty of measures that ensure student safety, which seems to be a policy that works out.
There's not really a lot of pressure to drink (other people around you may drink, but they won't force you to or exclude you for not choosing to do so), but things can get a little weird socially freshman year if you decide to declare yourself chem-free for your living situation.

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3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Just Enough to Keep You Entertained, Not Distracted – Brunswick is cute. And I'm not saying that in the generic, can't think of any other word to say so I'm using "cute," sense of the word. I mean that it's cute. You've got stuff to do, but for the most part, the town relies on the campus in terms of event offerings.
Maine street is literally right off of campus and covers all of the essentials--supermarket, Rite-Aid, and a ton of restaurants (all catering to different tastes and having a variety of food represented) and quaint shops that are filled with unique items, so you always have a some variety without having to travel too far from campus. Beyond downtown Brunswick, you've got your movie theater and bigger department stores in Cook's Corner.
However, Brunswick can feel a little constricting after a while, for which an immediate escape to either Portland or Boston is highly recommended.

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5 College Student

Scholarships: Mixed Results – Bowdoin definitely makes an attempt to follow their "no loans" goal, but some people get the short end of the stick, however, this is pretty rare - and Bowdoin will heed your cries for assistance if they are heart-felt and pressing.

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4 College Student

Transportation: Cars : Nowhere Near Necessary, but Definitely Convenient – The title says it all, there are 0 places on campus that you'll need a car to reach, and most of the necessities in town are easily accessed by foot. A car however, makes for a lot more freedom, and more variety with many other cities, and stores a bit further away from Brunswick.

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4 College Student

Campus Housing: What Can I Say? If you've been on this site looking at Bowdoin, you should have seen that the freshman dorms are amazing, after freshman year it's a bit sketchy, but at that point it's up to chance.

3 College Freshman

Weather: Four Seasons – Autumn is gorgeous and everyone sunbathes on the quad when it's nice out. The snow is beautiful once winter arrives, but slush -- not so much. Spring, also, is cold and muddy in general. It gets really nice again towards the end of spring semester.

4 College Freshman

Technology: Computers are good and all over campus, and the 24-hour lab is excellent for late-night/early-morning homework. The printing allocation makes printing practically free as long as you don't print fifty pages of stuff a week. WiFi is fast and reliable. Most people use personal laptops and labs stay fairly empty.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Tons of Great Restaurants – Brunswick is small, but there are almost fifty restaurants within a mile radius of campus, most of them on Maine Street. Not that anyone's looking, because the food on campus is already awesome! Also, The Gelato Fiasco is unique to Maine and undoubtedly has some of the highest quality gelato in the country. Town-gown relations are good, Bowdoin is well known in the area and respected; another plus.

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4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Classy, Focused, Different – Bowdoin pulls students from all over the country and so dress styles, habits and ways of speaking are all quite different. Most of the student body is from Massachusetts or Maine. There isn't a lot of dating at Bowdoin.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Somewhat Far Away but High Quality – Very few students truly off campus because many of the nearby apartments are actually owned by the school. All the apartments whether school run or not are very nice, yet sometimes a bit far away.

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4 College Sophomore

Academics: Challenging but With Loads of Opportunities – Bowdoin's academics are very rigorous. However, they are nothing to be afraid of because professors are almost always willing to meet and help you. The School offers students with countless academic, athletic and community opportunities.

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3 College Junior

Transportation: Pretty Convenient – Freshmen don't have cars on campus, which makes it a little harder - generally people don't go off campus during the week (unless to run errands). People often travel to Portland, Freeport, and Boston on weekends. Pretty easy to get there - zipcars, buses, taxis, friends with cars, and more. Just need to plan ahead if you don't own a car.

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4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Hipster or Jock? I'd say the two most prevalent social cultures are hipster and jock. General consensus is the campus is really attractive - boys and girls. Lots of love for NorthFace in the winter, Brooks Brothers for the guys during interview months, and J Crew for the girls for everyday wear.

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4 College Junior

Academics: People work hard - the library is always filled with all sorts of people. There's a real sense of collaboration and the competition is really only with yourself. Nobody knows one another's GPAs. Facilities are fantastic - macs and pcs everywhere. Wireless even in some off campus buildings. Lots of internship and job search opportunities. Professors easy to reach, but you have to make the effort. A real awesome balance of academics which are challenging and college social life.

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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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