Brunswick, ME
Bowdoin College


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Christian
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Bowdoin is amazing. The food, dorms, and academics are among the top in the country. The community as a whole is very close k...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Bowdoin is amazing. The food, dorms, and academics are among the top in the country. The community as a whole is very close knit and friendly. Our school is small, but large enough that I see or meet someone new almost every day. Some people don't know how prestigious Bowdoin really is, while others rightfully acknowledge it as one of the best in the country. The college town is very close and convenient -- lots of good restaurants, a supermarket, pharmacy.. pretty much all of the essentials. Plus Freeport is very close by, which is a huge place for shopping. There is a lot of school pride. Everyone here knows how great our school is and takes pride in being associated with this institution. It's an overall great place to be.

Describe the students at your school.

Half of our student body plays a sport, whether it be varsity, club, or intramural, so our student body is very active. Diversity on campus is increasing... admissions is bringing in many more international and minority students, and they all integrate within our campus very well. Many Bowdoin students are from "just outside of Boston." Students don't talk about money very much. We're more concerned with getting a great education so that we can enter the occupational world with confidence and prestige.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

Not really. Everyone is really nice, laid back, and has balanced lifestyles. We work really hard, but we also know how to have fun.

What are the academics like at your school?

Academics here are phenomenal. Lots of classes to take with awesome professors. Class sizes are generally small, so lots of opportunity for student-professor interaction. Students aren't very competitive here. We all want to succeed, but we don't really worry about what grades other students are getting.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Lots of activities and opportunities for students to get involved on campus. Many people are involved with the Outing Club, which takes students on outdoor trips such as sea kayaking, hiking, skiing, snowshoeing, whitewater rafting, etc. Students leave their doors open all the time because everyone feels so safe.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Preppy, snobby, rich, high academic difficulty

Dawson
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best part about Bowdoin is that beer flows very freely. The dorms are huge and the food is great. A couple things t...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best part about Bowdoin is that beer flows very freely. The dorms are huge and the food is great. A couple things that suck are that no hard alcohol is allowed, and the school is small (which is good in some respects, bad in others). When I tell people from home I go to Bowdoin, they don't know what I'm talking about. When I tell people from New England, they are impressed. I spend most of my time on either in my dorm or in the student union. The school is the town. There is not a lot of school pride except when dealing with Colby or Bates College. One experience I will definitely always remember is Ivies. It's an absolute crunk fest.

Describe the students at your school.

Bowdoin is very liberal with special interest groups on campus. It almost favors gay pride which can sometimes be annoying. It seems like every week is a different "minority week." Everyone is definitely nice and friendly and won't treat you bad. Students are from all over the world - even though there's a large portion from New England/Massachusetts.

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

If you want a big school... don't come here

What are the academics like at your school?

Classes are really small so professors know you by face and name. Classes are generally very hard in comparison to other schools but if you get in you'll be able to handle them. Students talk intellectually outside of classrooms - sometimes too much (hence the stereotype). Bowdoin requires you to talk certain general education courses which are definitely broaden your horizons but are sometimes a pain.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Social Houses (what are left over from the fraternal days) are a large source of underclassmen fun. Students generally have an open door policy and will be friendly to you is you want to chill.

Molly
What is your overall opinion of this school?

One of the best things about Bowdoin is great variety in the courses offered here. You can chose basically any topic of inter...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

One of the best things about Bowdoin is great variety in the courses offered here. You can chose basically any topic of interest ranging from Gender and Women's studies to Chemistry. The professors are also really great. Every professor I have had is willing to help you out in any way they can, and are really approachable. Also, the food here is terrific, and certainly one of the aspects of Bowdoin which students love. One of the potentially negative aspects of Bowdoin is that as you get older, the campus seems a bit small, and it is easy to fall into a repetitive routine. Therefore, joining clubs, and getting off campus every now and then is highly recommended. The town of Brunswick is a small town, and is not exactly known for its nightlife. However, most of the people in town are really nice, and always greet you enthusiastically when you tell them you are a Bowdoin student.

Describe the students at your school.

There is a really large variety of students on this campus. There is a population of students from private schools, Maine, and Massachusetts, but also some from other backgrounds who are really interesting to meet (sometimes students are even from foriegn countries). In terms of racial diversity, there could be more, but Bowdoin is trying to improve this element and has been more sucessful than in the past. What is great here is that you can wear anything you want to class: dresses, sweatpants, and even a suit if you wanted to. Therefore, there is not really any fashion pressure.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

The stereotype that students at Bowdoin are intelligent is very true. Students here work hard and are very articulate. However, although there is a strong academic strive in the students, they are still down to earth and fun to hang out with. Also, although a fair amoung of people come from private schools, there is an extremely diverse group of students who come from all kinds of different backgrounds, and it's really nice to get to know all the different types of students.

What are the academics like at your school?

The academics at Bowdoin are great. You can chose from a wide variety of course topics and the classes are usually taught very well. The professors who I have had are very approachable and always willing to help you with any academic issue you may have. Classes range anywhere from 12 students to 35 students, but even in these larger classes the professors have made an effort to remember my name. The students are really engaged in class discussions, and it makes it really interesting to hear the opinions of your classmates. Although the classes are really interesting be prepared to do lots of reading, and writing, because most of the classes here are not easy.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Many people assume that students at Bowdoin are all rich, preppy, and of course, intelligent.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

The social life at Bowdoin can be lacking at times. If you are looking for a good party to go to, there is a good chance you might be out of luck on a given weekend. There are social house parties which are fun for freshman and sophmores (sometimes), but these get old once you are an upper classmen. However, aside from parties, Bowdoin offers great lectures, plays, and dance shows which are a lot of fun to go to. The dating scene here is also lacking since most peole either get into a relationship their freshman year and stay together all four years, or look for people to hookup with (whatever happened to dinner and a movie?). The biggest party weekend here is called "Ivies" when there is a big concert (this year we had naughty by nature) and everyone just drinks a lot and go crazy. This is a nice outlet for the academic pressure that increases as school comes to a close.

John
What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best about Bowdoin is the food (of course)! The college has a high school "feel" to it since the student body population ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

The best about Bowdoin is the food (of course)! The college has a high school "feel" to it since the student body population is around 1600. I mostly spend my time in studying during the week and party hard during the weekend to make up for the stressful week. Bowdoin is right in the middle of everything in town. Everything is in walking distance.

What are the academics like at your school?

The professor knows EVERYONE in the class! The downside of this is that they know when you are not there. My least favorite class I have had was psychology. In my opinion psychology is a "weed out" class to determine the people who really want to major in psychology or neuroscience. My roommate studies ALL the time! Studying is something you have to do and there is no such thing as an easy class. The amount of material and outside reading for each individual class varies. Finding a balance between studying and social life can be done while keeping a decent gpa.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

The most important group on campus are the sports groups, affiliate houses, and choral groups. The dating scene is limited because you are at a college and not a university. People at Bowdoin always leave there door open especially if you stay on the campus, but at apartments they tend to lock their doors. One thing to look for is IVIES weekend where there are parties pretty much all the time and its kind of a big drinking event (if you are into things like that).

nicole
Describe the students at your school.

I'm from California and on the west coast there's a bit of a stereotype that east coast schools and people are pretty stuck u...

Describe the students at your school.

I'm from California and on the west coast there's a bit of a stereotype that east coast schools and people are pretty stuck up. So, I was a little apprehensive when I came to Bowdoin. Luckily, I have found Bowdoin students to be so down to earth. Bowdoin students are a very diverse group and come from a variety of socio-economic backgrounds. I am constantly surprised by the challenges students have overcome in order to make it to Bowdoin.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

The smart part is definitely true, but the preppy part couldn't be more wrong. The vast majority of Bowdoin students did not go to elite prep schools and wear North Face fleeces, not Abercrombie and Fitch.

What are the academics like at your school?

I love my classes at Bowdoin! The professors are really nice and easy to talk to. Professors at Bowdoin are all leaders in their fields and since there are no graduate student, all the research positions in faculty labs go to undergrads. This is something that just doesn't happen at large universities. I chose Bowdoin over Princeton and Duke because I really thought Bowdoin offered a better undergraduate education. After a year at Bowdoin, I am more sure of this decision than ever.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

There is so much to do at Bowdoin! Initially, I was a little apprehensive about living in the small town of Brunswick, Maine, but there are way more interesting activities than I could ever participate in. I run cross country and track. Over half of the students at Bowdoin play a sport and the student body as a whole is really healthy and active. Attendance at sporting events is huge. Students are really supportive of each others sports teams and other endeavors. I really like the residential life in the dorms at Bowdoin. First of all, the dorms are palacial. But, I also really like the social life in the dorms. Everybody leaves their doors open and we all say high in the hall. I also love the casual intellectual discussions that take place all the time in the dorms. Whether it's discussing the upcoming election or talking about a reading assignment for a class, Bowdoin students all have interesting opinions and love a good discussion.

Alex
What is your overall opinion of this school?

If I could change one thing about Bowdoin College it would be its location. I love Maine and everything, but there are times ...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

If I could change one thing about Bowdoin College it would be its location. I love Maine and everything, but there are times when you feel secluded. I would like to pick up this college and drop it outside of Boston or NYC. It would make for a more interesting experience.

Describe the students at your school.

Bowdoin may be a small campus, but it is definitly not exclusive. There are students from all over there world of every nationality, religion and orientation. I cant think of anyone who would feel out of place. This community is very open and very accepting.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

For the most part I have found these stereotypes to be true. It is not uncommon for students to walk around in dress clothes and "preppy" attire. If I saw a guy walking around in a sports jacket I wouldnt ask any questions. As for the second stereotype, of course it is true, but Bowdoin students certainly know how to have fun on the weekends.

What are the academics like at your school?

You will know most of the people in your classes, and the professors will know you by you name. That is just the way it is at Bowdoin, I have never had a class over 50 students. The average class size is probably around 35 students.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

There are two major stereotypes that haunt Bowdoin students. The first is that the majority are extremely preppy, and the second is that the majority are extremely nerdy and goal oriented.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

The basic Bowdoin understanding is that sunday through wednesday = work, and thurs through saturday = party. There are no fraternities or sororities on campus, but there are social houses which are essentially the same thing. If partying isnt your scene, there are always performances in the VAC, guest speakers, and supersnacks (a late night opening of the cafeteria for midnight snacking).

Sally
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Bowdoin is awesome. The weather is horrible, and yea its small, but I love it. Size is a joke because no matter how many peo...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Bowdoin is awesome. The weather is horrible, and yea its small, but I love it. Size is a joke because no matter how many people you think you know, there are at least 100 people you don't for every one you do. Weather - it's maine, don't choose it if you want warm weather, but you definitely get used to it no matter how much you complain. Not many people know what Bowdoin is when you name drop, but those who matter (for jobs etc.) do, so that really isn't a big deal. Just because you can't impress your neighbors doesn't mean you wont get a good job - we are a top ten liberal arts school, some people don't even know what Williams is if you can imagine that. We have a town and it's awesome - SO MANY RESTAURANTS! The only thing lacking is sushi (which is available at the Bowdoin cafe two days/nights a week), but that is 15 minutes away in Freeport which is a lot of fun. Freeport has a LOT of shopping (it's an outlet strip) so if you ever need clothes you can go there (they have an awesome and HUGE llbean and north face too if it ever gets too cold). Portland is amazing as well, and boasts two ridiculously good (and well rated) restaurants, Fore Street and Street & Co. which might have the best food i've ever eaten. The night life is sometimes lacking, although 21 year olds can always go to portland for the bars, but you make your own fun. If you have friends, you will be fine. My favorite event of all is the lobster bake at the beginning of the year - it is so quintessential maine, and it's a lot of fun. They set up long tables outside and serve lobster, and other things for the less seafood inclined, and everyone has a great time chatting and seeing people after the summer.

Describe the students at your school.

Very diverse, i thought it was only going to be crunchy granola and i was very surprised at the amount of preppy people like myself. All ranges of people so everyone fits in.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

BOTH FALSE - mixture of everyone, we may be small but we are diverse

What are the academics like at your school?

Academics are really good here at bowdoin - a product of being a top ten liberal arts college I suppose. The teachers are good, but you have to throw yourself out there to get to know them. That is no surprise. The workload is hard, but that's what you get for coming to a very good school, again no surprise. People make academics a priority, so going out every night is not really a Bowdoin thing. Why are we here? To learn. If you want a party school go to ASU or something, cause Bowdoin is all about the education.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Night life - as good as you make it. Don't expect any ragers, but expect fun.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Some people think everyone here is "crunchy" because it's a maine school Or they think everyone here is too preppy

Ainsley
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Bowdoin is a nice size for me as I came from a small private school. The campus has a good sense of community, you don't get...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Bowdoin is a nice size for me as I came from a small private school. The campus has a good sense of community, you don't get lost, and you still meet new people. Because of the small size there is more one on one time with professors. A minus to Bowdoin is that name recognition with smaller companies is not very good. The larger cooperations and grad schools however, favor Bowdoin kids.

Describe the students at your school.

Bowdoin has little diversity, granted this is hard in Maine. There few lesbians and hardly any gay men to speak of.

What are the academics like at your school?

Classes are 50 kids at the largest. Most classes are around 25 people this is a good number. Bowdoin offers a wonderfully diverse liberal arts education. Bowdoin, however, does not prepare students enough for life after college. It does not encourage internships, or provide enough funding for people pursuing internships. I think this is a mistake, as students are not provided with enough experience to get good jobs out of college.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

they are outdoorsy, not diverse

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

Bowdoin social life is heavily centered around social houses. The social house system is fun and rewarding for freshmen and sophomores. Juniors and seniors do not participate in the social houses, thus leaving them a little socially aliented.

Meggie
What is your overall opinion of this school?

Everyone wants to be here. Everyone cares about Bowdoin.

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Everyone wants to be here. Everyone cares about Bowdoin.

Describe the students at your school.

For me, the people are what make Bowdoin what it is. Everyone really wants to be here. Everyone really cares about life on campus. Students, professors, the dining service staff, our housekeeper, the president Barry Mills (affectionately know as B Mills), the head of security (he broadcasts a show on our local radio station) etc. We’re all a little nerdy, outdoorsy, preppy, high achieving, motivated, very social, and ready for some excitement and adventure. The dating scene is decent. I think the male population is pretty attractive even if they do have some maturing to do. Relationships tend to fall into one extreme or another. They are either casual hook-ups or serious long term things. I think that’s pretty standard for college. Sometimes the selection can feel limited, but let’s be honest, it’s like that anywhere. For the most part students are friendly and laid back. When I was visiting schools I did what I called the “smile test” on the campus tours. This sounds so silly but I would smile at students walking by the tour group. If the students smiled back, they passed the test. Bowdoin definitely passed. There’s a tradition called the “Bowdoin Hello”. Anytime you’re walking along a path and it’s just you and another person, you smile and say hello. Again, sounds silly, but it makes all the difference in creating the feeling like you belong. It’s the type of place where I can be waiting in line for coffee at the café and start having a conversation about anything and everything with the people waiting beside me, whether t’s a student or a professor. You can wear sweatpants and a polo to class. You can wear your running spandex. You can look like you're going to a business interview. It all works at Bowdoin.

What are the academics like at your school?

Overall I’ve had great classes and great professors. The material is interesting an the professors engaging. I like having small classes that limit the amount of lecture time (discussion is the norm in most of my classes). My professors know my name (sounds trivial, but it’s really helpful) and it’s easy to cultivate relationships with them. The workload varies by class, professor and how much effort you intend to put into it. It’s certainly not easy. I do spend a significant amount of time studying, researching, writing, and doing labs etc but not to the exclusion of other activities. It's all about learning; it's all about discussion; it's all about enriching your mind with students and professors alike, inside and outside of class. It's a lot of work, but for the most part we enjoy it.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

So many things to do ALL THE TIME. I like the outing club, going to plays, the pub. I live in a social house (kind of like a fraternity/sorority except way more fun and without the hazing and excessive amounts of drinking).

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

Smart, hardworking, friendly, down to earth, outdoorsy, preppy, crazy for going to school in maine.

Kelly
What is your overall opinion of this school?

-Need more people with courage to speak their mind. Everyone is way too worried about being politically correct that people p...

What is your overall opinion of this school?

-Need more people with courage to speak their mind. Everyone is way too worried about being politically correct that people pretend to be open minded when in reality they just aren't willing to divolge their biases and stereotypes.

Describe the students at your school.

-Generally everyone is pleasant. -People are very driven and at times compare themselves with others too much and don't do what they as an individual want to do.

Is the stereotype of students at your school accurate?

-Rich yes; smart yes; stuck up a very few; snobs a very few

What are the academics like at your school?

-Academics are rigorous, but with efforts anyone can succeed. Students are very consciencious about their future and work hard to achieve a goal. Still got time for parties. During finals and exams, everyone is too damn worried so it's not as pleasant of an environment.

What are the most popular student activities/groups?

-Activities are too bunched up so you'd go weeks without anything and then all of the sudden 10 things at once. If things could be more spread out that'd be more enjoyable and less boring during some times.

What is the stereotype of students at your school?

-Stuck up/ full of themselves -Rich and snobs -Smart

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