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4 College Sophomore

Administration: There is no hard alcohol allowed on campus, which sucks! Also drinking games are not allowed! However, these events still occur! Also, the rules on beer are very lenient and security allows people to get drunk as long as they are in control of themselves and drunk fairly responsibly.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Freshmen dorms are amazing! All dorms have at least two rooms (a common room and a bed room). Even doubles have two rooms which is great. Housing is a little worse for sophomores however juniors and seniors get great choices for housing. There are so many different options for upperclassmen housing that after the housing lottery almost everyone is happy!

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Health and Safety – The health center is great and campus security is always patrolling the grounds making sure everyone is safe. Security also does a great job taking care of intoxicated people. Brunswick is very safe, especially compared to Lewiston (where Bates is located) and Waterville (where Colby is located.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The financial aid to American citizens is great, however there is very limited aid for international students.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Academics are great, dorms are very nice and big, food is amazing, facilities are top notch, campus is beautiful and never too crowded, everything on campus is fairly close, the town of Brunswick has everything you need, it is very easy to get to Portland which is 40 minutes away and its easy to get to Boston as well which is 2 hours away, so my overall experience has been great. Only negatives are the lace of diversity (almost everyone is white), the cocky hockey and lacrosse players who dominate the party scene, the extremely cold weather and long winter which last for basically half of the year.

4 College Sophomore

Parking: There are parking lots designed specifically for students and if you have a car parking is very easy. For example I will be living in the Brunswick Apartments (which is on-campus housing) and there is a huge parking lot right next to this apartment complex for its residents to use!

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: For people under the age of 21 nightlife is limited, especially if you are an underclassman, as the only place to party for those people is in social houses. However social houses are great because anyone can go there and there are huge rooms for people to dance in. There is also always free beer which is great.

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I love Bowdoin food. There are two dining halls so there is always a variety of food to choose from for every meal. I have visited many other colleges and Bowdoin definitely has the best food! I even like Bowdoin food better than my home food!

5 College Sophomore

Academics: The department of History has great professors who specialize in different fields based on geography (Africa, East Asia, Europe. America etc). The teachers are excellent and while classes require a lot of reading and research they are very engaging and fulfilling. The essays I have written in my history courses have been the most challenging yet enjoyable and interesting essays that I have written.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Guys and Girls – The guys are attractive while the girls get the shorter end of the stick. There are not too many attractive girls at Bowdoin.

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!

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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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