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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus security is dedicated and effective. I would have no qualms about walking alone at night anywhere on or around campus.

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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.

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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 Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus and in the town of Brunswick.

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4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Always feel safe walking, drinking gets stupid


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Bowdoin is a campus of familiar faces, so it is likely that students and Security will notice someone who shouldn’t be on campus. Security keeps faculty, students, and administration alert of any suspicious behavior, and the blue-light stations and yellow call boxes all over campus offer access to help if it's needed. Much is heard on the news about rape, theft, and even murder on other college campuses across the country, but occurrences like these are rare at Bowdoin. These issues are still addressed, however, through student organizations that work to raise awareness about such problems. Security also offers the free Safe Ride service that provides rides to and from all parts of campus during the evening and night, which is helpful when students are studying late into the night and don’t want to walk home alone. Overall, the majority of Bowdoin students say they feel secure, and female students say they feel safe traversing the campus late at night simply because they have no reason to feel threatened. And, if students do voice any concern, the security directors are more than willing to listen and do what they can to make appropriate changes.

In regards to personal health, the College has a wonderful new health and wellness center, but the reviews from students are all over the place, ranging from high to low quality and from very convenient to very inconvenient. The health center staff will seek you out if they've received a message of concern from someone else, but going in to get an appointment can sometimes be frustrating. However, the health center is a reliable resource for birth control and medicine like ibuprofen and acetaminophen. There is also a nutritionist, but appointments with her are very difficult to get because she is only in the health center one or two days a week. Overall, the accessibility to Bowdoin's health center could improve, but once you get in, you are under the care of friendly, qualified professionals.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 8
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 1
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
Office of Safety and Security
Rhodes Hall
(207) 725-3314 (non-emergencies); (207) 725-3500 (emergency)
Safety Services
  • 24-hour communications center
  • 24-hour foot, vehicle, and bicycle campus patrol
  • 24-hour residence hall security
  • Bicycle and laptop registration system
  • Emergency alert program
  • Emergency call boxes
  • Escort and Safe Ride services
  • Films, pamphlets, and posters
  • Lighted pathways/walks
  • Loudspeaker system
  • Secure firearms storage
  • Self-defense classes
  • Shuttle buses
  • Whistle program
Health Center
Dudley Coe Health Center
Peter Buck Center for Health and Fitness, third floor
(207) 725-3770
Monday-Tuesday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Wednesday 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursday-Friday 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday-Sunday 12 p.m.-2 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical services
  • Counseling and psychological services
  • Lab services
  • On-site pharmaceuticals
  • Physicals for study-away programs and jobs
  • Self-care resources
  • STD screening
  • Travel medicine
  • Vaccines
  • Wellness classes
  • Women's health
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Did You Know?
  • There are two large hospitals in Brunswick.
  • The crime index for the United States is 320.9 (as of 2008), and the crime index in Brunswick is 137.3. This is also lower than surrounding areas, based on information from

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?     Based on 37 responses

  • 59% None
  • 15% Excessive drinking
  • 11% Non-students on campus
  • 4% Criminal activity near campus
  • 4% Theft/robberies
  • 2% Lack of safety escort services
  • 2% Unlit pathways
  • 2% Walking alone
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Drugs
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 0% Violence among students

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 10 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 35 responses

  • 46% High quality, very convenient.
  • 17% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 17% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 14% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 3% Poor quality, not very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 36 responses

  • 42% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 56% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 3% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 0% We have campus police?

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 36 responses

  • 92% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 8% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 0% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.


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