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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Rooms are spacious and residence halls are kept clean by the the school's janitors bi-weekly.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's a ton of cool places to choose from! They're just too expensive for me to go out much when I have meals already paid for on campus.

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3 College Sophomore

Administration: A lot of parts of the administration are really really amazing, and doing lots of work to make Bowdoin a better place to be. However, I have to say the administration as a whole is only okay, because certain higher-ups are VERY reticent to change, and keep policies in place that are long-standing but unjust. I'm part of several social justice clubs on campus, and we've gotten increasingly frustrated with the admin's mere lip-service to positive, constructive change without them actually working with us to accomplish something.

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3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: They give out pretty good financial aid, but they have some really annoying policies that dis-incentivize saving-- like for instance, if I pick a cheaper meal plan option, they cut your financial aid by that amount so that your family don't actually save any money. Pretty ridiculous and annoying policy if you ask me. Other than those bureaucratic things, the people in the Aid Office do a good job trying to make the process smooth.

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4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I'm not really into Social House parties, so I don't go to those much. there are a LOT of choice of things to do here, which is great, I just don't care much about the hardcore party scene. I have fun with my friends at smaller dorm parties, which is all I need to be happy with the party scene.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus housing is really great and it has a good community, but it's a bit pricey and some of the buildings are a little older. (Which is fine!)

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There are no better professors anywhere.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Many students are varsity or intramural athletes, but team pride isn't particularly strong.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: Classes ar challenging but rewarding.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: There is a good variety of courses and the professors are fantastic.

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5 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Both guys and girls are generally kind, funny and attractive.

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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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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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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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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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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.

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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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