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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: For a small town, the off campus restaurants are ideal. There are also very few fast food restaurants near campus.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Freshman dorms are spacious, friendly, and convenient.

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5 College Freshman

Administration: The administration is very strict when it comes to the honor code, violence and offensive behavior. However, apart from those very serious violations, they have an extremely collaborative relationship with the student body. Everyone is working to help the students in any way they can and most students know and respect that.

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College Freshman

Party Scene: College houses host campus wide parties frequently.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus security is dedicated and effective. I would have no qualms about walking alone at night anywhere on or around campus.

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College Freshman

Greek Life: There is no Greek life at Bowdoin.

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5 College Freshman

Majors: Admission to Bowdoin has nothing to do with your prospective major, and many people come in without a concrete idea of their major. In the first two years there is a huge amount of flexibility regarding your courses and major.

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4 College Freshman

Local Area: Brunswick is a wonderful community. It's quite small and night life is limited, but it more than makes up for that with small town charm and a close knit community. The downtown is close to campus and has a good variety of wonderful restaurants. Shopping is fairly limited nearby, but Freeport and Portland are not too far away by car or train.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The alumni network is fantastic, and the career center does a good job of connecting students with the resources they need.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: The vast majority of students live on campus or in college sponsored apartments or houses.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: In my experience, Bowdoin's financial aid is unparalleled. I could not have hoped for better aid package, and my offers from other colleges came nowhere close to comparing. Bowdoin does its best to make sure that no student is unable to attend because of cost.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics here are both challenging and worthwhile. The professors are fantastic for the most part; they are approachable and ridiculously smart! The libraries are nice, but there are a bunch of options for places to study that range in noise level, coziness, social level, and food options!

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5 College Freshman

Athletics: People are pretty athletic here whether they play a varsity sport or not. If you don't play a varsity sport, they are plenty of intramurals and lots of people got to the gym.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Everywhere is really nice, well maintained, and spacious. There are places for everyone whether you want to live in a dorm, house, or apartment. There is also a range of sociability that allows you to fit what level you want to live in.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Brunswick has a very quintessential feel: is the cutest town with a huge array of restaurants and little places to shop. Also Freeport, Topsam, and Portland are not too faraway if you want a city feel or more shopping.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Almost everyone lives on campus on in school owned apartments of houses off campus. The housing here is incredibly nice! Every dorm has a bedroom(s) and a common room, so living is very spacious. They are maintained really well too.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: The administration is not perfect but does its best to maintain a high level of life in an imperfect world.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: A little small but most people participate. What's great is that while there is a big draw, there is very minimal pressure to drink if you're not into that. People tend to be respectful especially on that front.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Rooms are spacious and well located. Dorms are close to just about everything on campus.

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5 College Freshman

Local Area: Brunswick is a charming small town adapted to fit around Bowdoin. Many town attractions are directly aimed at students.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: A very comfortable and supportive environment that has allowed me to explore who I am. The fact that most students are very happy to be here makes for a positive climate.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Fantastic variety, good flavor, locally sourced ingredients, and very helpful dining staff. There isn't perfectly made food every day, but every once in a while, something will blow you away. Whether it's seafood paella, well-made lasagna, or a finely flavored cheesecake, Bowdoin dining is a reliable source of nourishment. The pleasant atmosphere of the dining halls as created by the good food, friendly staff, and nice facilities make it a good place to do homework and spend time with friends.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Bowdoin makes me optimistic about the future. The fact that, by and large, students here are socially capable, conscientious, intelligent, friendly, attractive, and athletic make me excited to have a network of incredible people for the rest of my life. Something about Bowdoin attracts a very particular personality. Many professors and students of a very high caliber choose Bowdoin over more prestigious institutions for the setting in Maine and the easy access to the outdoors. Others are drawn by the campus culture of friendliness and commitment to the Common Good. A variety of small factors tip the scales in Bowdoin's favor to make it a school that I, and thousands of others, feel a deep attachment to.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: For a small town in Maine, Brunswick has a remarkable variety of dining venues on Maine Street. There's a very solid Indian restaurant, several Asian eateries, and an Italian place as well. Several organic grocery stores are available and a farmer's market is on the campus green several times a week in the summer, fall, and spring

5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: People are very attractive, quite athletic, and have interesting personalities. Very few people are self-absorbed or have their guards up, creating a feeling of openness.

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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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