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4 College Freshman

Athletics: The gym is amazing. I use it all the time. Classes are now free starting 2015. There's tabata, zumba, etc. You can always get a work out.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Bowdoin is academically very challenging; however, I wouldn't trade the education for anything else. The people are highly intelligent, and you'll learn this as soon as you converse with them. The best experiences I've had has been my pre-o trip, events with my affiliated college house, and parties.

Bowdoin is unique in the sense that everyone is always welcome. You will not be stopped at the door because you don't know a fraternity brother. Since there's no greek life, almost everyone is accepting. People are generally kind and funny.

The food is also phenomenal. It's not ranked #1 because of saturating fatty creme brulee every meal. It's ranked #1 because the food is healthy and delicious. The salad options are amazing. There's waffles every breakfast. There's all types of cuisines from korean bibimbap to tapa style entrees.

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3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: A lot of students drink and a few smoke weed.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There aren't really any clubs nearby. People just go to social house parties.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are social house parties every weekend, but they can get old after awhile.

4 College Freshman

Diversity: People are very accepting of diversity among students.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are great, the workload is tough but doable, and a lot of students go abroad.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: We have had a few incidents this past semester, but administration has handled them very well. I think the security measures are very good.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The courses are very challenging but rewarding. The classes are relatively small, and, for the most part, the professors are outstanding.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: There is a very strong networking community for Bowdoin students.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Some of the upperclassmen housing is a bit far from classes and the dining halls, but other than that, it's great.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Most people at Bowdoin are at least somewhat into sports, but there's only one varsity game during the year that gets a lot of fan support. The students tend to be more focused on academics.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics are obviously incredibly strong (see the 4 NESCAC titles this fall). I have been a member of the rowing team (club) and have had an amazing experience with that as well.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: All of my professors are incredibly dedicated and knowledgeable. Each and every one of them inspires me to learn more day after day. I have had an incredible time as a part of a sports team and as an active member of the outing club.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We love our security officers--couldn't imagine a nicer group of people! First and foremost, they are here to help students. There are clear lines that should not be crossed, but they are here to make sure we are safe and happy, which we really appreciate. I have never felt unsafe or uncomfortable on campus, which can be attributed to how safe Brunswick is and our fantastic security officers.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The housing at Bowdoin is spacious and comfortable--you really can't go wrong. Also, Reslife typically does a fantastic job pairing roommates; the amount of people who live with the first year roommates multiple years is certainly a testament to their exceptional work. I have lived with my three roommates for two years now and couldn't have asked for better.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I could not be more grateful to attend Bowdoin. The academics are exceptional, but it is the people that truly make it such an incredible place. Everyone, from professors to students to card swipers, is incredibly friendly and bright. Bowdoin works hard to make sure all of the little details are in order to ensure a very high quality of life: the food is excellent, housing is comfortable and spacious, and there are resources for everything imaginable.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: People drink a lot here.

1 College Freshman

Diversity: Bowdoin is way too liberally polarized.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The course load is tough but rewarding.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Stuff happens, but security does all that they can

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I really dislike how polarized Bowdoin is.

1 College Freshman

Greek Life: There is no Greek life here.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I compete nationally in Olympic-style weightlifting, so I'm use to certain types of gyms. I find that the Peter Buck Fitness Center has all that students need to get in shape. My opinion of a nice gym is different than most peoples. All I want are Olympic barbells, Olympic weights, platforms and squat racks. If people want to know what PBFC is like, it's pretty much a smaller Lifetime Fitness.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I am extremely fortunate to go here. Surprisingly, I was a very confident that I will major in engineering. 3 out of the 10 schools I applied to were liberal arts schools. Because the engineering dual-degree program at Bowdoin left the engineering option open, I decided to go there. Students should be amazed by how much the college cares about its students. I get a strong sense that professors, advisers, and the administration really prioritize student success. The academics are challenging but stellar. I'm very confident that I can do anything after graduation no matter what my major is, perks of going to a liberal arts college. On top of that, student life is great. There's great food, a relaxed atmosphere, and a tight community.

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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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