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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.

5 College Student

Athletics: Crew Club – We had a great fall term with our Crew Club, and received superb coaching and had use of a more than adequate facility owned by Bowdoin a few minutes off campus. Coming from the best crew high school program in the nation--no brag, just fact- at Kent School, I was not disappointed that I chose Bowdoin for its academics and overall environment in spite of it "only" having crew at the club level. We all took it seriously, as did our Coach, and had enough competition during the short fall season to keep us all engaged. Watch out for the Polar Bears this spring!!!

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5 College Student

Academics: Hard work but great learning environment – Bowdoin's classes are full of excellent Profs and fired up high powered students who soak up learning in a stimulating and user friendly environment. Extra time always available with your teachers as well as a fully cooperative atmosphere between students lends well to a non-competitive, except versus your own extremely high standards, place where the sky is the limit for learning.

5 College Student

Campus Food: Great eating !! Bowdoin's two major dining places offer the kind of fare that does not grow cold to you palate over time. Only once have I shown up at Thorne and did not find something that was attractive- and I probably could have found something if I had gone to the other dining room. So ---like the rankings say with Bowdoin at the pinnacle in most surveys---if you want to eat well, and who doesn't, you need to follow your nose to Bowdoin, especially if you are active in sports and need to keep up the waistline with healthy and interesting food!

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: An Amazing Place – I absolutely love Bowdoin. It's a fantastic place. The people really are friendly, the professors are smart and are really here to teach, the food is great, and the facilities are beautiful. Yes, the weather 'spring' semester sucks. But you get used to it and it makes for a lot of common ground amongst students. It's a really challenging place, academically, and if you can't find the balance of working hard and playing hard, you'll have a rough time. Most students, though, figure that out and are able to learn a lot, while having tons of fun

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Not Too Shabby – Brunswick is a small town of about 10,000 people, so obviously the off-campus dining options aren't the same as they'd be in, say, New York or LA. That being said, there are some pretty great options and a surprising array of different cuisines. There are 2 good Indian restaurants, a few Chinese places, a sushi restaurant, and some Thai restaurants, as well as the only Irish pub/Mexican restaurant I've ever heard of! And because it's small town Maine, the prices are also not that of a big city, so while there are some fancy (and pricey) places, it's also easy to eat out without spending a ton of money

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4 College Freshman

Academics: Classes are mostly fabulous except for some intro levels. Professors are legends!

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Better Than Expected – Coming from the suburbs of a relatively big city, I was honestly expecting Brunswick to be pretty lame. The reality, however, is that it's actually quite a nice town with more to offer than you'd think. Literally right off campus is a downtown area with a large grocery store and plenty of shops and local restaurants. A short, cheap cab ride will get you pretty much anywhere else you might need to go in Brunswick or the surrounding towns, including the movie theater, bowling alley, or big-box retailers.

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5 College Student

Majors: Physics--Pre Med, Biomedical Engineering Joint Degree With Dartmouth – Classes are intense but well taught and interesting. Lots of work but you make great progress in learning due to collaborative study environment and excellent faculty support.

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5 College Student

Transportation: Everything Is Close!! This Is a Small College – If you need to get anywhere students will assist you. Churches pick up students for Sunday services. You can walk across the street into Brunswick's nice down town and find everything you need.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: The Professors Really Care About You – Bowdoin has it's up's and down's but if I had to say what the best thing about Bowdoin is how much the teachers care about the students. I have had teachers actually come up to me after class and ask me to meet with them not to talk about grades, but just to see how I was doing in general. You can also go to lunch with your teachers which I would suggest because it makes them seem less terrifying and more human, and it also gives them a chance to get to know you, which could be useful in the future if you would like to do research in a particular subject.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The Food Is Pretty Good – Being from NYC and being the son of parents who love food I have to say I'm a bit of a food snob, so I'm not going to say that the food at Bowdoin is amazing but it is really for cafeteria style dining. Thorne usually has slightly better food than Moulton but because it is bigger a lot more at people go there and the food lines can be horrendous, however the service is pretty quick so I can't complain too much. The express meal option at Moulton makes eating meals between classes a lot easier, and the special sandwiches and entrees are usually really good. I would suggest looking at the menu's which are posted on line before deciding which dining hall to eat at because they usually serve drastically different food at the two dining halls.

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5 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: It Is Like a Family. Bowdoin College has just under 2000 students. Everyone knows everybody. We support each others athletic endeavors and enjoy a very real camraderie. I am a member of the Men's hockey team and our sister sport is Women's Volleyball. We attend all of their games, and they attend ours. Sports and academics go hand in hand at Bowdoin. It is a great place to be.

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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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