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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.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are not celebrities, but are very invested in their research, students, and teaching. The administration is supportive of a teaching college and students generally get a very high quality education that comes in the form of detailed evaluations of papers, well-written exams, and well thought out projects and activities.

Each department has its stars and very rare is it for a student to be wholly or even partially dissatisfied with their academic experience.

College Freshman

Academics: Students choose majors in their sophomore spring.

College Freshman

Scholarships: I did not apply for financial aid, but my friends who are on it are very content with what they received.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: Lots of participation in club hockey, rugby, and rowing. They are some of the most visible teams on campus because most students simply had no intention of being a varsity athlete. Intramural hockey, basketball, and others are also very much participated in.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Very well designed housing. Almost all dorms have separate common rooms and bedrooms. The smallest dorms here are very standard at a larger school. Social atmosphere in the first-year dorms is particularly engaging. Floors are generally tight-knit and there is lots of spontaneous socializing in the halls. Dorm residents get to know each other and no one is a stranger by the end of the year.

College Freshman

Greek Life: No greek life, but instead there is a college house system that is run by the Residential Life office. The houses are not particularly influential on campus, but serve as a place to have parties and host a lot of cultural and enrichment events.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus housing is available and some students prefer it, but living in college-owned housing is by and large the standard. The variety of housing options is plenty.

4 College Freshman

Majors: Wide variety of majors, but some departments are so small that there is lack of diversity in faculty thought. Esoteric majors tend to have just a few students per year.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The health center is a marvelous facility and appointments are generally given same day. There is definitely a climate of positive pressure to eat healthily and exercise.

4 College Freshman

Local Area: Charming little Brunswick has plenty of resources and interesting things to do. Residents are supportive of Bowdoin and take advantage of our campus offerings regularly. Not really a college town.

5 College Freshman

Administration: Administration acts in the best interest of the students. The only dissatisfaction students have with the administration is grounded in policy that doesn't suit their particular needs.

1 College Junior

Greek Life: Barely has a presence on campus. In fact I haven't been able to find it at all

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: Bowdoin is an amazing place to go to school. Everyone is friendly, outgoing, the school is fun, exciting, and engaging. I can't imagine going anywhere else.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Junior

Majors: The science department has great lab spaces, amazing professors and an interesting course variety.

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5 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Everyone is driven, smart, athletic and attractive. Very great quality of students overall.

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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I always feel safe on campus, security does a great job. Health services is a little bit shaky, somewhat hard to get appointment and the care is usually good but every once in a while, you hear a bad story about the health center. However, they are helpful overall and offer many great services.

5 College Junior

Campus Food: Amazing. Great variety, great quality, always a pleasant experience at the dining halls.

2 people found this useful Report
College Junior

Scholarships: I did not apply for financial aid at Bowdoin, though I hear that the school does a great job with financial aid.

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5 College Junior

Campus Housing: Very spacious, very comfortable, very close to campus. Really great housing options.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Very nice off campus housing, though most students choose to live on campus. Off campus housing is not far and is usually reasonably priced. Usually very spacious as well.

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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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