Bowdoin College

639 reviews
  1. Brunswick, ME
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A+
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    B
  9. Dorms
    A+
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A+
  12. Safety
    A-
Bowdoin College is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
New England Small College Athletic Conference
Address
255 Maine Street
Brunswick, ME 04011

Bowdoin College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
15%
SAT Range
1360-1510
ACT Range
31-33
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Recommended
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$22,289/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $5,925/ year
  • $30-48k
    $6,713/ year
  • $49-75k
    $12,173/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,367/ year
  • $110k+
    $36,770/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
98%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.42 responses
73%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.44 responses
39%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.44 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,802Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
14%
Varsity Athletes
35%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 22 responses
Report
  • Smart and Energetic
    32%
  • Bright and intelligent, yet modest
    23%
  • Driven
    14%
  • Smart, strategic, casual
    14%
  • Drive, passionate
    9%
  • Ambitious
    5%
  • Lighthearted and casual
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
97%
of students say they don't have Greek life.30 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.50 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 23 responses
Report
  • Bowdoin is the people that make it.
    43%
  • Best college ever!
    30%
  • Exceptional
    22%
  • Bowdoin makes me optimistic about the future.
    4%

After Bowdoin College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$54,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
93%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
93%
National
83%
90%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.21 responses

Reviews

639 reviews
  • Excellent
    237
  • Very Good
    233
  • Average
    154
  • Poor
    10
  • Terrible
    5
Whether its the Outing Club, the Literary Magazine, the Film Society, or an a Capella group, there is always something for every kind of person to get involved in. Also, people here are incredibly friendly and willing to go out of their way to help you. Bowdoin's size, with 1700 students, really enables this sense of community. If I could change one thing about Bowdoin, I would offer class credit for laboratory time. Also , this is just my wish , but I think Bowdoin should advertise more to the outside world. I grew up overseas, so most of my other friends had not heard of Bowdoin, or Brunswick for that matter. I can understand that I was surprised that not many people in United States knew about this school either. The social scene is great on the weekends, but for the most part exists only on the weekends as people work very hard during the week. As for food, you can guess exactly how delicious it is from just taking a peek at the NYtimes article and the college rankings.
  • Freshman
  • 24 days ago
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.
  • College Sophomore
  • 11 months ago
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.
  • College Freshman
  • 11 months ago