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3 College Freshman

Diversity: It's hard being a conservative on campus because most people do not agree with you.

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3 College Senior

Diversity: Bowdoin is less diverse than one would think.

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5 College Freshman

Diversity: People are of different races and cultures.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: People are very accepting of diversity among students.

1 College Freshman

Diversity: Bowdoin is way too liberally polarized.

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Diversity at Bowdoin is relative, and depending on a student's background, Bowdoin may seem diverse or not. Minority students make up about 30 percent of Bowdoin's student body; however, racial diversity isn't the only factor contributing to a student body of unique individuals. Although many Bowdoin students come from the wealthiest 5 percent of families in the United States, students describe the College as being an economically diverse place. Financial aid allows students from various financial backgrounds to attend Bowdoin. And, the international student population has been steadily growing in response to Bowdoin's initiative to increase diversity.

Bowdoin doesn't show much political diversity, and most students identify themselves as liberal. Interestingly, though, many view the rest of the student body as more liberal than themselves. There is also a small presence of conservative views. Religion does not play a large role on campus—although there is a broad range of religious views, differences in religion do not seem to build walls between students. The most diverse aspect of Bowdoin is probably sexual orientation. Students who are gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender are accepted. In general, most Bowdoin students are accepting of all minorities on campus.

Facts & Statistics

African American
5%
Asian
7%
Hispanic
13%
International
4%
Native American
0%
White
65%
Unknown
1%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
89%
Common States of Residence
  • California
  • Connecticut
  • Foreign countries
  • Massachusetts
  • New York
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 2%
18-19: 49%
20-21: 44%
22-24: 5%
25+: 0%
Female Faculty
50%
Male Faculty
50%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 5%
Asian American: 7%
Hispanic: 5%
International: 4%
Native American: 1%
White: 80%
Unknown: 0%
Gay Pride
Bowdoin Gay/Straight Alliance and the Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity are organizations that provide support for students who wish to discuss relationships of all types. These groups also help inform the Bowdoin community about gay, lesbian, and bisexual issues. Bowdoin also offers a Gay and Lesbian Studies Program.
Political Activity
There is the Bowdoin College Democrats and the Bowdoin College Republicans, but the Democrats have a larger presence.
Economic Status
There is generally not a noticeable divide between affluent and less-fortunate students, but some differences can be noted in dress and speech if closely watched.
Most Common Religions
At Bowdoin, there are students who identify as Protestant, Catholic, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist, atheist, and so on, but there are no huge rifts between people of differing religious views. The Bowdoin Christian Fellowship, the Catholic Students Union, and Hillel are all active religious student organizations.
Minority Clubs on Campus
Bowdoin has an associate dean of multicultural student programs, and there are many minority clubs on campus. They include Africa Alliance, African-American Society, Asian Student Association, Hillel, International Club, Korean American Students Association, Latin American Student Organization, Middle Eastern Student Alliance, and Native American Students Association.
Did You Know?
  • It's commonly said that if you ask a Bowdoin student where he or she is from, they'll answer, "Twenty minutes outside Boston." Not all students are from Massachusetts, but about a quarter of the student body is, while approximately 10 percent of the population hails from Maine.
  • An interesting aspect of the town of Brunswick is its diversity in options for religious practice. While 57 percent of the town population identifies with the Catholic Church, 9 percent with the United Church of Christ, and 5 percent with the United Methodist Church, the remaining 29 percent identify with other (or no) religious services. The result is a wide variety of options for students who might want to join the community for religious activities. Options include Unitarian Universalists and a Buddhist Shambhala center, as well as synagogues and mosques in the surrounding towns.

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 45 responses

  • 22% Progressive/very liberal
  • 38% Liberal
  • 13% Moderate
  • 16% Conservative
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 7% Libertarian
  • 2% Not sure

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 45 responses

  • 24% Progressive/very liberal
  • 58% Liberal
  • 16% Moderate
  • 0% Conservative
  • 0% Very conservative
  • 0% Libertarian
  • 2% Not sure

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 34 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

What political party do you associate yourself with?    Based on 13 responses

  • 15% Republican
  • 62% Democratic
  • 15% Independent
  • 0% Other party not mentioned
  • 8% I don't care about politics

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 6 responses

  • 100% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 0% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepted is the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community on campus?    Based on 14 responses

  • 86% Very accepted. LGBT students are treated no differently than non-LGBT students.
  • 14% Accepted. LGBT students are treated fairly, but there are still some people who aren't accepting of them.
  • 0% Somewhat accepted. LGBT students aren't necessarily out and proud on campus, for fear of intolerance.
  • 0% Not accepted. LGBT students generally stay quiet.

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 45 responses

  • 67% Very accepting.
  • 29% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 2% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.
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