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Reviews 632 total reviews with an average rating of 4.1

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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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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I feel like my school has even more to offer than I thought it did and while there are definitely issues, I can't imagine myself being anywhere else.

4 people found this useful Report
5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Everyone is so nice and respectful. I love it.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Bowdoin College is by far the friendliest and most nurturing environment I have encountered.

9 people found this useful Report
4 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Had a good time overall and met a lot of great faculty and friends and the food was great. I did get rather bored with the scene after my first couple of years as the school and the town of Brunswick are both quite small.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: The past three years at Bowdoin have been challenging, resulting in both academic and personal growth. Bowdoin is a unique place where the students and professors care about each other and enjoy creating memories together. Set in Maine, I've had the opportunity to explore and experience beautiful places.

3 people found this useful Report
5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Academics are top-notch in terms of the students who are serious about learning and the professors who care about allowing those students to achieve that goal. Beyond the classroom, the social scene is easy-going, while dining on campus is a no-brainer as either dining hall offers delicious and plentiful options. Brunswick isn't exactly superb, but there are some great restaurants and fine shopping. Portland and Freeport, meanwhile, are only a quick ride away to satisfy any needs not quelled by Brunswick or Bowdoin.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: The Bowdoin community is extremely welcoming. Between challenging classes and an active social scene, finding balance can be a challenge, but it is rewarding.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It wasn't what I expected. The faculties are great.

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Party Scene: I dont know, I don't party. It is just pretty loud usually, and the usualy party scene. Nothing too crazy.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Well the food is good, the price it bite expensive.

3 College Freshman

Administration: .I don't know much. Haven't heard to much good or bad.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: It went well, submitted the required paperworks and got the aid I mostly needed. Kinda of wish Bowdoin gave may one to two thousand more, since my family it not very well off.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: Dining hall, some nights its good some nights its bad. During bad nights, the food don't have seasoning just bland. I wouldn't rank it number in dining hall food wise.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Appleton dorms were quite spacious. Moores isn't very good except if you live in the ends of the building

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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There's a lot of good options, but nothing like you'd find in a big city. It can get expensive, but it's close to campus and can be fun.

3 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's a small, prestigious college, so it's never too crazy. Ivies, the yearly music festival, can get pretty intense, but for the most part it's relatively quiet.

2 people found this useful Report
4 College Freshman

Administration: Security is all about keeping it safe, not punishment. If you're caught with hard alcohol you could be put on social probation, especially if you need to get transported, but beer is easy to come by and you almost certainly won't get in trouble for it. If you're caught with drugs you will get in trouble, but if you're honest they'll probably give you an easy punishment.

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4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Bowdoin really tries to be affordable to everyone, and from what I've heard they're usually pretty successful. If you have problems, I would really talk to the financial aid office. We have one of the best endowments for colleges our size and only 48% of the population is on financial aid, so I would be exceptionally surprised if they couldn't shuffle money around if you have a good reason.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Food is fabulous at Bowdoin. There are always gluten-free and vegan options. In the interest of full disclosure, my vegan roommate does complain about the vegan food a fair amount (there's usually only one or two options, so if those aren't on point you're pretty stuck), but unless you go to a super-liberal school, I really doubt you'd find better anywhere else. As a vegetarian, I can always find wonderful food. If you don't like dining hall options, there is always the Pub, and the restaurants around are good (but expensive).

4 people found this useful Report
3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: First-year housing is actually pretty good-- all rooms, from doubles to quints have a common room, which is super useful when you're living with four other people. After first year, the good housing options get a bit harder to get into, and most sophomores end up far off campus. Non-chem free housing (where you and your floor/housemates agree not to have alcohol or drugs in the room) is pretty disgusting, but it makes it much easier to find a party.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: Everyone is social for the most part.

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5 College Student

Party Scene: There's a little bit of everything happening. The College also has lots of activites, and many people go on Outing Club adventures.

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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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