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4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The academics are incredible, but the social life on campus is slightly dull and doesn't keep an outgoing, fun-loving person entertained.

3 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are no clubs around. The parties are fun though.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Party Scene: Epicuria and the Cold War party are the two biggest parties on campus.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Academics are phenomenal. If you want to be challenged in a fun way, come to Bowdoin.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Diversity: People are of different races and cultures.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Honestly, compared to other colleges, hard drugs are nonexistent here. I always feel safe around my peers because they're smart and they know how to respond if anything ever happened.

8 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Security works very hard to make sure we're safe. I never feel like I'm in danger.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Professors are generally always willing to help you. They are passionate about their studies.

2 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Career Planning Center is always willing to help you.

6 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: When there's a mess, campus housekeeping immediately comes to clean up. Facilities are clean and spacious. Housing is really nice. My only complaint would be that they keep the dorms warmer in the winter time rather than trying to conserve heat due to environmental reasons.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

1 person found this useful Report
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.

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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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