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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: There's a lot of emphasis on independence and responsibility when it comes to things such as alcohol. However, the security team on campus is absolutely the best.

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5 College Junior

Health & Safety: We try to take care of each other on campus and we all take these matters extremely seriously. There is an incredible effort by faculty and students to make sexual violence/other health issues visible on campus.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We have the best security ever. Campus police are concerned with students' safety and it never feels like they are out to get you. They really are friendly and look out for students. The health office is also staffed with extremely friendly and helpful doctors.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The school is very serious about health and safety and takes all steps to prevent and help deal with all problems of this matter. These issues are not swept under the rug.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Security just wants to help. In the heat of the moment they may be annoying, but they are just there for us at the end of the day. Usually not there to get you in trouble, either.

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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 44 responses

  • 52% None
  • 14% Excessive drinking
  • 14% Non-students on campus
  • 5% Walking alone
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Criminal activity near campus
  • 3% Theft/robberies
  • 2% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 0% Dorm safety
  • 0% Drugs
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones
  • 0% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 0% Violence among students
  • 0% Gang violence

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 19 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 visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 43 responses

  • 49% Extremely present and willing to assist students.
  • 49% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 2% 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 45 responses

  • 91% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
  • 9% 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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