Brunswick, ME
Bowdoin College

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What is your overall opinion of this school?

Want to see Bowdoin pride? Come to the Colby-Bowdoin hockey game.

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Want to see Bowdoin pride? Come to the Colby-Bowdoin hockey game.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

We all are over-achievers for the most part. Despite appearances, the interersts and passions of each student are really diverse. The intense athlete may also love to play scrabble, and the student body president may want to be a model.

What are the academics like at your school?

I was in the largest class Bowdoin offers my freshman fall (87). The professor knew all of our names by the second week. She still remembers them. The professors at Bowdoin are incredibly approcahable. It's great to just go and talk with them about course work or random topics, like the elections.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Everyone at Bowdoin does too many activities to count, and looks like they walked out of a j-crew cataloge. They're all the same.

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Bowdoin is an amazing school; it was my top choice and I am so lucky to be here. I think what I love most is that everyone wa...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Bowdoin is an amazing school; it was my top choice and I am so lucky to be here. I think what I love most is that everyone wants to be here and takes advantage of all the opportunities Bowdoin has to offer. There is a lot of school spirit and an intimate community feel. I also love that Bowdoin is not one kind of school; it excells equally in many different areas: academics, athletics, arts, community service, etc. There is so much to do!

Describe the students at your school.

Personally, I think Bowdoin is a very welcoming campus and that all students feel comfortable and included. I can't say I'm the best person to make that sort of judgment though, as I am a pretty typical student from New England. I think what is interesting about the diversity is not the statistics about race, religion, geography, etc., but rather the diversity of the student as a person. A hockey player can be a neuroscience major or sinc in an a capella group. The same girls who love the art history library will be cheering on the basketball team later in the weekend. Big huge burly football players will found groups based around raising awareness of sexual violence on campus. It is not only where a student is from, or what ethnicity he is, but the different niches that he fills that makes him interesting. Everyone at Bowdoin interacts with each other, and that was one of the most pleasantly surprising things I found freshman year.

What are the academics like at your school?

The academics are great; classes are small and professors definitely know your names. My classes have all been small and discussion based. Academics are obviously the center of the school, so intellectual conversations carry over from class into the dorms and dinner. My favorite classes so far have been Modern Art and 20th Century Hispanic Literature. I meet with my professors regularly outside class and they are always helpful and engaging. I think Bowdoin's academic requirements are good; we are at a liberal arts school and should be exposed to different disciplines. Without the art requirement, I never would have taken art history, fallen in love with it, and declared it my major. I can't say I was as thrilled about my math requirement, but it was very painless. Because professors know students so well, it is easy to talk with them about plans for a major: studying abroad and transferring credits, getting into a class without a prerequisite, etc. Professors want to help you.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

I don't know of any stereotypes really. I guess all I hear is that it's a very good school and the students are all very smart and engaged.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Athletics are probably the most popular form of extracurriculars at Bowdoin. Many students play intramural or club level sports, or if nothing else will watch the varsity teams. Guest speakers are also very popular; every Friday from 12:30-1:30 is Common Hour when we have a guest speaker and everyone can go after they have lunch. Greek life isn't as prevalent as it is on other campuses. Bowdoin abolished fraternities in 1997 and replaced them with "college houses." I am an RA in one of the college houses, and while it has been rowdy and challenging (we've been on probation twice), it has been a rewarding experience. Although students drink on the weekends, it's easy not to drink, but still have a good time.


  • Enrollment
  • 1,806
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $49,900
  • Acceptance rate
  • 15%

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