Bowdoin College Top Questions

What is your overall opinion of this school?

Taylor

Academics are strong, students take the work seriously Kids are really ambitious and while there are some stereotypical jocks, most kids are really open-minded and friendly.

Sophie

Sometimes Bowdoin feels very small, but when it comes to classes this is the best part! all of my professors know my name and can discuss my work with ease. I can get as much one on one attention as I want and it's easy to participate in calss. The college town has lots of good restaurants although a lot of them are closed on Sunday. Freeport is fun for a day trip. It's a little hard to find a group at first if you're not on a sports team because most everyone is.

Emily

The great thing about Bowdoin is its size. Because its so small, every student is really involved in one or a few activitities on campus, and they work hard to take ownership of campus. Students challenge each other academically, and the intense environment pushes you to give your all to the school.

Brooke

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yoni

Pack animals are big here at Bowdoin. people tend to move in flocks from place to place here and individualism doesn't always work. It definitely gets better as people get older, but there are undeniable cliques.

Kelly

Bowdoin is a really great school. People here are incredibly friendly (you'll have to come visit to understand this) and incredibly smart, but people rarely compare themselves to others. We are very environmentally conscious, not necessarily in the tree-hugger way but more in the turn off your lights or take little steps to save the environment sort of way. Athletics can be a big deal and a big part of your social life if you want them to be but you don't have to be an athlete to be "cool." I think the coolest thing about Bowdoin is there isn't really a "cool." Everyone is pretty secure with themselves and people are generally accepted for who they are.

Susan

The best thing about Bowdoin are the open minded students and professors who willingly engage in a living-learning community.

Will

Best thing academically: Professors. Best thing overall: Ivies Weekend. Good student body size if you like close contact with professors and peers. The town is great. Go to the Little Dog Cafe! Administration recently started buying carbon credits from some wind energy company. I pay 40+ a year to get an education, to live in a nice dorm and to eat good food. I do not pay 40+ a year to subsidize an unreliable, insignificant source of alternative energy.

Bobby

I think by and large most people are really happy at Bowdoin. The school is small enough that it caters to the students and there are lots of resources available, yet I still meet new people all the time. Bowdoin is also in a great town, Brunswick.

Hannah

Bowdoin, like any school, can be what you make of it. It can seem like a small school dominated by New England prep school kids who like to get drunk, or you can seek out the many people who are not this way. Bowdoin has many material perks - the housing is much better than many comparable schools (especially for freshmen), the food is really great (even for vegetarians like me), and the location gives you both the advantages of cities within reasonable drives as well as being walking distance from cute shops and restaurants of a small town. And yes, the academics, for the most part, are very good, particularly once you get past entry-level classes. I would comment that school spirit and traditions don't seem to be very important here.

Alex

For me the best thing about Bowdoin is the lifestyle it provides. The academic life is tough, but not impossible, and extremely interesting. The athletics are fantastic, with great facilities, and competitive teams. The social life is all that i wanted.

Tim

Bowdoin is a perfect fit for me. The social scene is great on the weekends, but for the most part exists only on the weekends as people work very hard during the week. Those in the know are impressed that I go to Bowdoin, but many people outside of New England haven't heard of it. Brunswick is the perfect little town. It has almost everything you would need (coffee shops, sandwich shops, video stores, A TON of really good restaurants), the surrounding areas have big chain stores such as Target, and if you can't find it here you can get it in Portland. The most frequent complaints come from the College House system, which seems good on the surface but is fundamentally flawed. Some parties there are good, some are awful, but there are always fun things to de elsewhere.

Alex

When people hear Bowdoin they have one of two reactions; they either know it or they don't. People who know it say "Oh wow that's a great school!" I have occasionally heard it being described as "all the best parts of Harvard, but smaller." Then there are the people who don't know it, and they generally say "Bow-doin?" (pronouncing it wrong) "Oh where is that?" And when you reply that it's in Maine they say "Oh, it's cold there!" Bowdoin is very small. Everybody hears everything very quickly, and everyone knows everyone (for better or worse).

Julia

I wanted to go to a small school and Bowdoin seems to be the perfect size - at this point. I'm worried that by the end of Senior year I'll be itching to get out of here and meet new people, but as of now, its so nice to be on a welcoming campus and see my friends mulitple times everyday on the pathways or dining hall.

Jessie

I love the friendliness of the student body. It would be an overstatement to say that everyone is nice, but compared to the other campuses I've been on, almost everyone IS nice. It's really great. I like how people are healthy and eat well and are active without being too obsessed about it. I love the town; I love how there is such a diversity of restaurants in a small town in Maine. Also the stores are cute and practical. The faculty is impressive and warm. They are approachable, like the students. I think the biggest controversy was over C/D/F. In my opinion, I'm glad that I was able to use the "credit" option for my math class but I can also understand why it encourages students to slack off, and how in that sense it is a bad thing. There is an average amount of school pride, which I think is normal of most campuses. The campus itself is beautiful. I have had too many great experiences so far to remember just one.

Liza

I love that Bowdoin is small enough that it's not overwhelming and there are plenty of people I still don't know, but at the same time it seems much much bigger than the HS I graduated from. A lot of people I talk to have never heard of Bowdoin and/or don't know where it is, which I find strange. However, I have found that most of the people I know on campus are extremely smart and driven, and yet have a host of other interest such as sports, other outdoor activities, dance, you name it.

Kelly

Socially speaking Bowdoin is great on the weekend because the people are great on the weekend. That said, it is pretty much in the middle of nowhere, and I wouldn't recommend it for anyone who can't do without a clubbing/bar nightlife. Portland does get some good music from time to time, though, and there's an incredible variety of cultural opportunities that come with being at a college that's as distinguished in the realm of academia as Bowdoin is.

Emmerson

Bowdoin is full of really nice, friendly people. Admittedly, there are a few people that don't fulfill this generalization, but that's true everywhere and often with far more exceptions. As it is, almost anyone you talk to will help you out if they can and are generally open and fun. Most everyone is intelligent and multi-talented: able to take hard classes, play a couple sports, and then go sing a concert for an extreme example. Sometimes the classes can get a little intense, but people are still able to cool off and make it through. It's rather ironic to me that despite all the skills and rankings that place Bowdoin so high (especially for the food!!), most people I know from home/elsewhere have never heard of the school.

Harper

So many times people ask where I go to school, and I say "Bowdoin"; they reply, "Where?" But to everyone who goes here, Bowdoin is the center of the universe. We have a community that could not be fostered as well at any larger school. Bowdoin is in the middle of a small town, some people might say in the middle of nowhere - I say it's perfect. It's only 20 minutes from Freeport, 30 minutes from Portland, 2 hours from Boston and less than 10 minutes away from the ocean.

Bobby

Bowdoin is just the right size, but it's small enough so that when I tell people about it, they don't usually know where it is unless they are well educated individuals. There's a small town surrounding Bowdoin, but there is very little night life in it, a few bars. There were a few open forums recently to discuss sexuality at Bowdoin. There were a few homophobic comments made at the beginning of the year and these forums were held to discuss why and if the community is fostering negative stigmas concerning sexuality.

Theresa

It's challenging, but I've learned a lot. The best things about Bowdoin are the classes and the food. Housing is pretty awesome, too- no cramped little rooms, and most of the buildings are newly renovated. If I could change anything, I would change the location- it gets very cold in the winter and there's not much to do then, either. As for size, it's just right- big enough for variety, but small enough that you're almost guaranteed to see a friend on your way to class. Bowdoin students generally have a lot of school pride and are pretty friendly, though the dating scene is a little bit tough (maybe no one has much time for a steady relationship...).

Blake

I've loved my time here, couldn't have asked for a better college experience. People are generally impressed when I tell them where I'm in school, unless I'm back home in the South and they have no clue why I'd go so far north :). Not too big at all. Freshman and Sophomore year, Bowdoin is the perfect size. If you don't go abroad, I bet it feels pretty small by senior year, but most people study somewhere else in their junior year, so it ends up just fine. Brunswick's great. Really, it's hard to complain about this place. If you like having fun, taking interesting classes, and being involved in a community...it's a good school.

Rachel

My favorite part of Bowdoin is our student and faculty population. People here are incredibly friendly and willing to go out of their way to help you. On one of the first days of school someone I barely knew asked me to sit with him and his friends, but the table was already a bit crowded, so a group of guys moved two tables together, just to give me a little more room. Bowdoin's size really enables this sense of community. It's not too small that I feel claustrophobic, but it's small enough that I can walk across campus and see (and chat with) lots of people I know. Most people, when they hear that I go to Bowdoin, say something like, "hmm I've never heard of that" or, in response to the fact that it's in Maine, say, "you must love the cold!" I certainly don't love the cold, but my winter this year, while snowy, really wasn't that bad. I think the cold brings people together actually. People who are more "in the know" about colleges, like employers, know and highly respect Bowdoin. As for where I spend most of my time, that would definitely be on campus. Brunswick is an adorable college town, really the best, and everything is within walking distance. Still, the College has so much going on that I rarely feel the need to leave. But the occasional trip to the grocery store or to the gelato place in town are always refreshing.

Brett

At first I wanted a big school. But event though Bowdoin has a small campus, I am hardly ever off it. Students have a lot of work, and there is a great social life on campus (minus frats ands tuff). I spend most of my time all over campus: my room (which is a huge suite, that all first-years get, awesome stuff).

Nick

Bowdoin is a noticeably small school. Everybody seems to know everybody and news gets around campus pretty quickly. Brunswick is a great college town, though far from the city life that some college students seek. The food is excellent.

Isabelle

preppy preppy preppy!!! aaaaah very difficult after first few weeks or so to meet new people - i think that because the school is so small people feel compelled to hang on to their groups more intensely and are frightened to explore other social options, even if it means striking up an actual conversation with the student sitting next to you before class. also, no opportunities are really provided to mix with people from other years. even though there are parties, the big ones are mostly limited to awkward freshman and sketchy/very drunk sophomores

Rachel

The best thing about Bowdoin is the tight knit, friendly community. It would be better if Bowdoin were in a larger ciy, Brunswick is very small. The school is a little small. If something big happens, word spreads fast. In general, people are impressed when I tell them I go to Bowdoin. The entire administration is very friendly and eager to talk to students. School spirit is great, especially when it comes to hockey games and the rivalry with Colby.

Billy

The people. As a guy, I have met very few others who I dont like. Just right size. When I tell ppl. I go to Bowdoin, they're impressed. I spend most of my time on campus sailing (at the docks) or in the library, or drinking.College town. Bowdoin admin: indefference. Not a ton of school pride, but we all know that the kid sitting next to us is smarter than us. Unusual: not much.

Leah

I love the Student Center--its the perfect place to study for an Italian test or catch up on some Econ reading. I'm not a huge fan of the art center--it needs to be renovated. It is great space and great light, but it could use some refurbishment. Great town. Great hockey game ambiance.

Billy

Bets thing about Bowdoin would be its flexibility. You can live the life of a small small school yet its still alrge enough to run into new people at parties or across campus. Meanwhile its not so huge that you can't make a name for yourself. At the same time, there can be a lot of intermixing of genres of students. It may seem small, but there is a complete lack of accessible public computers on campus to check email throughout the day and even worse is the printer situation where there are only a select few available. And the process involved in getting them to print what you want is a major hassle. For the most part people react with indifference. They know that it is a very good and still up and coming school, but so are so many others. The majority of my time is spent among the dorms. When it is cold out (which it usually is) there are very few hang outs on campus that aren't either inconvienently located or overpopulated. Very much a college town, surrounded by the quaint town of brunswick which houses a variety of stellar restaurants and pubs as well as very many private little shops that service any and all needs. In addition there is a nearby Walmart. Administration is very much removed from campus, which is understandable, but i feel there are a lot of decisions we never hear about until they are implemented. School pride is a bit of an issue. Its there but attendance to games is either rediculous or non-existant.

Betsy

The best thing about Bowdoin is the academic setting. It is a small, intimate academic environment that allows students to pursue a number of different paths.

Morgan

people are much less judgemental here than they are in highschool, and they are very friendly and will hang out with anyone. cant think of anything to change. it feels a little small sometimes but it is really nice seeing people you know every time you walk to class. people acknowledge that it is a good school but wonder what maine is like, which by the way is great. spend most of my time in my friends' rooms, hanging out. Brunswick is small, but all the stores you need are close and there are some great restaurants. administration can be a little strict on certain things but are generally very understanding. friend got a DUI, administration was very cool about it. lots of school pride, games are really fun to go to. not really too many to list some people don't appreciate having a smaller school

Blake

the old buildings. It's too small. People either have no idea what it is or are impressed.

Jessica

Bowdoin is an amazing school. The people are kind and welcoming and truly make the Bowdoin experience. First year housing is unlike any other schools. All of the dorms were completely remodeled within the last two years. We have the top one or two dining services in the country, which becomes important when you're eating at the dining hall three times a day for months at a time. The size of the school is just right. At first I thought it would be too small, but now I love the fact that anywhere I go, I'm bound to see a familiar face. When I go into the dining halls, walk through Smith Union (the student center), or come out of the library I always see a friendly face and hear a nice hello. It really fosters a great sense of community among the students. People at Bowdoin tend to be really close with people from their freshmen dorms, which is great for most people, and not so great for others. The social house system also really fosters this because many parties at the beginning of the year center around affiliates of that particular house. Bowdoin's administration is extremely efficient, from the time you're a pre-frosh going through the admissions cycle, to course registration, to security on weekends. I have never run into any issues regarding the administration, which cannot be said of students at many other schools. One of my only complaints is the lack of school spirit exhibited by students at any time other than during a Bowdoin-Colby hockey game (which is one of the best nights of the whole year). The majority of even men's football, hockey, and basketball games are only sparsely attended, and when students do attend, they is lackluster spirit. All in all though, Bowdoin has been a great experience so far.

Blake

If you're from the south, like I am, most people give you a blank stare after answering where you go to school. Either that, or they ask if Bowdoin is a community college. Do not be put off by their ignorance! Bowdoin happens to be far better than a community college.

Hannah

Bowdoin is known for its food. For a few years we had the best food in the nation according to the Princeton Review. Right now we're number two. There are two different dining halls with very different atmospheres so that one is sure to suit you. The dining service makes a really great effort to provide vegetarian and vegan options at every meal and introduce the students to different "ethnic foods." I'll admit that for me, a somewhat non-adventurous eater, this can get annoying, but I always find something to eat that I'll enjoy. The student body is the perfect size at around 1700 students. You recognize people and are sure to see a friend while you're walking to class, but its still big enough that halfway through the year you realize that a girl in one of your classes actually lives on the floor beneath you. Classes are very small- as a first year mine have ranged from six to thirty students. Some intro level sciences have around seventy students I believe. Bowdoin is known as a "new-Ivy," which essentially just means that it's a very prestigious small liberal arts college on the top-tier. There's a rumor that resurfaces every now and then about how Bowdoin was invited to join the Ivies years ago but refused, but no one's really sure how true that is. The town of Brunswick is very small, maybe 20,000 people. Right off the edge of campus is "downtown," which consists of one street's worth of cute little shops and some pretty diverse eating options. There's also a Target, Walmart, and movie theatre only a short drive away from campus. Students joke about the "Bowdoin Bubble" because we hardly ever leave campus.

Kim

One fabulous thing about Bowdoin is how community oriented it is. As you walk around campus, you'll inevitably see at least 10 people you know well enough to greet as they walk by. You'll never feel lost at Bowdoin - people definitely come to know you, no matter what you do. Some people might consider Bowdoin "too small", but I believe it's just the right size - small enough to be able to stand out on campus, yet big enough that you are always able to meet new people. My sophomore year, I expanded my group of friends to be a lot wider than my original freshman clique, and as a result, I met so many new and fascinating people. In addition, the administration in general really looks out for students. They are always asking for comments and student opinions, looking to better the Bowdoin experience.

Anne

The best thing about Bowdoin is the small, encouraging environment. The professors are easy to get ahold of and easy to talk to. I think the size of Bowdoin is just right, it is a very small campus, but you don't feel like you are limited to meeting the people in your class, it's a very open environment. The only drawback is that most people still haven't heard of Bowdoin College, let alone know where it stands in the ranks. But the people who do know about Bowdoin are the ones you want to impress. Anyone who has looked at any of the NESCAC schools or the Ivy Leagues know that Bowdoin is one of the top liberal arts schools in the country. I spend most of my time on campus in the student union, the dorms, and the dining halls. Brunswick is a small, but very friendly college town... there's a great gelato place down Main St. and a bunch of restaurants within walking distance from Bowdoin. Our administration is great, very helpful and sympathetic. They are there to help you and if you come to them with a problem, they'll try to find a way to fix it. School pride centers around sports and a few sports generate more school pride than others. Hockey, Basketball and this year, field hockey stirred up the most school spirit. I'll always remember my first day of freshman year... when the social house members (Bowdoin doesn't have fraternities or sororities) carried all my stuff up to the dorm room. The most frequent complaint is that it gets pretty cold here sometimes.

Aaron

Bowdoin students are smart, well rounded, and have their priorities in order. They know when its time to shut the laptop and have a good time, but they make sure to get all their work down. The people are incredibly nice, and everyone has a good story to tell. Despite its small size, Bowdoin can seem huge.

Caroline

Bowdoin is a little bit too small. Everybody knows everbody else's business.

anastasia

best thing: the food one thing i'd change: the weather school size: way too small -> way too much gossip -> way too much drama telling people at bowdoin: in the northeast - wow, what a great school. anywhere else - is that a community college? spend most of my time - union or dorm college town = "what college town"??? THERE IS ONLY 1 MAIN BAR! WTF?!?! and no stores. good luck shopping girls. there is freeport but that gets old. administration - it sucks. they don't really care about the students and they are completely biased and favor ethnic students. also, completely unhelpful in terms of classes. biggest recent controversy - ??? nothing happens at this school. school pride - i guess. at hockey games against colby. other than that, i'd say 90% of students hate it here. unusual - one of the buildings on campus has floorboards made of cofin lids. also, bowdoin is pretty much the only school that does not offer credit for taking a lab. probably a good reason why so many students drop the pre-med. experience always remembered - supersnack with friends frequent student complaints - weather, nothing to do, no fun parties, pre-med students always complain about labs and not getting credit for them

Brittany

I spend most of my time in the student union. It's where I do most of my homework, meet friends for coffee, dance at the pub on Thursday nights, and I work at the information desk there. Basically, Smith Union is my home! I love the size of the school because I feel as though, even as a freshman, I could recognize many of my classmates at meals, in class, and at parties. I love the social house system, it's a great way to have a more inclusive party scene while still preserving the great old fraternity buildings! The mascot is so unique and the colors of black and white make it really easy to show your school pride. The food is good! One of the drawbacks of going to such a good school is that all of the other students were just as smart and involved in high school as you were which can make it hard to participate in certain activities here.

Kelly

The best thing about Bowdoin is the food. If I could change one thing I'd change the long winter, focus on drinking, and lack of attractive. The school could be larger because everyone you don't know knows something embarrassing about you. Nobody has heard of Bowdoin and they shouldn't. We haven't had any famous alumni for 50 years. Most of the time I spend on campus is in the library because I actually do my work. Its a college town in that the Brunswick economy is reliant on us. The only nice looking part of Brunswick is Bowdoin. Bowdoin's administration is great except for how their policies encourage binge drinking. The biggest recent controversy on campus is how security breaks up small gatherings of seniors yet allows hordes of freshmen to get trashed weekly at social houses. There is a lot of school pride due more to the reputation then any actual aspect of Bowdoin. The most unusual thing about Bowdoin is that people actually think its a good school. One experience I'll always remember is the week of orientation when I realized unless I wanted to stay in my room by myself I had drink when I went out. The most frequent student complaint at Bowdoin is that there's too much snow and cold. I agree.

Lauren

The best thing about Bowdoin is the food. I love the dining hall! I would change the way classes are chosen in phase 1 and phase 2. I believe that we should be sending in our choices through the internet. Bowdoin is too small. I already feel like I know too many people. People in New Jersey have never heard of Bowdoin. I spend most of my time on campus in my room with my friends. We hang out. Brunswick is the best college town. The shops are so cute and so easy to walk to. The only problem is that they close so early! The most recent controversy on campus was the decision to terminate Pass/Fail classes.

Taylor

i like how bowdoin is small, but it is getting slightly bigger and it is not too small- its enough to know some people but there are always more people and groups to meet. i would change the amount of printers at the school because we all want more. some people think bowdoin is so great and so hard to get into, others, who compare it to ivies, think it is okay. i love our campus, it is small enough to get around but with enough places to change up the scenery. the town is cute, good restaurants but people dont even go out that much. the bar is fun on tuesdays. there is a lot of school pride- we love our hockey team and our polar bears.

Quinn

The best thing about Bowdoin is the people. There are so many different kinds of people, all who are so excited and passionate about what they are doing. I'm a freshman, so that school hasn't gotten too small for me yet, but I hear from a lot of older students that the older you get, the smaller and smaller Bowdoin feels. That's what study abroad is for! If they've heard of it (which many haven't), people seem to be very impressed that I go to Bowdoin. There is lot of school pride, especially at the sporting events against Colby. You should hear the cheers... The most frequent complaint that I hear is the the dining hall and the library aren't open long enough. I completely agree. I'll always remember my first SuperSnacks experience. SuperSnacks is a night, Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night where the Thorne Dining Hall is open from 11pm-1am. They serve nachos, hot dogs, grilled cheese, carrots and dip...snack type foods. There's music and cool lighting...people love it, either to do homework or to socialize. It's a fun environment.

Alicia

Bowdoin is extremely friendly. With such a small campus, the communal feeling grows on you, fast. People are always smiling and willing to help. Signing up for classes a random upperclassmen will tell you who to take and who to avoid, regardless of the fact that you may have no idea who they are. Even studying in the library or Cafe, if another person from your class happens to be there, study groups form instantly. If coming from a big city, the small town life takes a little bit of adjusting, but in the end, it's worth it.

Jordan

I'm from the Pacific Northwest. People don't know about Bowdoin way out there. The usual response is "Bow-what?" or "Boating College, that must be fun." If Bowdoin is so great, why isn't it well known outside of New England? Here's why: Bowdoin, and all the other small liberal arts colleges, are mostly talk. I've been disappointed from day one with the caliber of students at Bowdoin, which makes Bowdoin's strong school pride hard to understand. The athletic teams are dismal, the academics would be challenging were it not for the weak work ethic, and student discipline is nonexistent. Maybe Bowdoin is far above other colleges, but that's not saying a lot, because college culture is universal and disgusting.

Alex

The best thing about Bowdoin is definitely the fact that you know everyone. Obviously, there are situations where that might be a pain, but in general, I love being able to walk around campus and know the names of half the people I pass. The size also helps the school really take care of its students -- the food and the housing wouldn't be so good if the facilities had to manage a population twice this size. The only reason that I would want Bowdoin to be bigger is so that we could get more prestigious speakers and music artists. Other than that, the size is perfect -- I really like that I wtill get to know most of my class by graduation. I spend most of my time on campus in my social house or in the Union. The rooms are so big that I really never want to leave, but I try to make use of a few really good study spots. Bowdoin has lots of random study rooms with amazing old furniture and huge windows that I never spend enough time in. Brunswick is by no means a college town, but it is really nice -- the town of Amherst might be the only NESCAC town that's bigger (but still worth visiting). There's a Hannaford's and a 7/11, a movie theater, a bunch of thrift stores, a ton of restaurants (the highlights are Shere Punjab, an Indian restaurant, and Frontier Cafe, which is overpriced but gives you an awesome view of the river). If you can get a car, there's also a bunch of bigger stores in another part of Brunswick called Cooks Corner, where there's a much bigger movie theater and a Starbucks, as well as even more shopping in Freeport ten minutes away, and more stuff in Portland twenty-five minutes away. There are a few bars in Brunswick that seniors do actually go to, but I've never been there because they're pretty strict about fakes. Town-gown relations are good, for the most part -- we've had some problems with high schoolers trying to get into our house parties, but I've never heard of any of them actually getting inside. The Bowdoin administration is pretty accessible; I've babysat for the Dean and they all meet with the student government every month to talk about whatever issues come up. I think one problem Bowdoin has is the tendency to let some problems remain unsolved in favor of one big sweeping solution -- for example, the Health Center and the gym both really should be renovated, but instead of doing it now, they're going to build a fancy schmancy "Wellness Center" for both in 2010. That's kind of a small complaint, though. There was a controversy on campus recently over some hazing, but it was unbelievably tame as far as hazing horror stories go. Some people on the sailing team posted their "initiation" photos on Webshots (not even Facebook) and there was an inquiry, but believe me, I am not shilling for Bowdoin when I say there are seriously no hazing problems here. It was one woman claiming to be a "hazing expert" trying to raise some publicity for herself and one team that gave their photo album the wrong name. There's definitely a lot of school pride at Bowdoin -- it can almost make you feel weird if you aren't 100% happy all the time because everyone else seems to be. There's also a big rivalry with the other two Maine colleges -- you can always hear us shouting "mules are sterile!" at the hockey game with Colby. One thing that's unusual at Bowdoin that I really would have liked to know is that there is technically a ban against hard liquor and drinking games on campus, even if you're 21. In practice, this doesn't really have any effect, and it basically sanctions beer drinking -- but if you have a party in your room with either of those things and Security happens to come, it can be a real pain to deal with. As long as you're responsible, though, you probably won't even attract their attention.

Owen

The best thing about Bowdoin is that its small. Not too small that I am pulling my hair out with boredom over seeing the same people every day, but small enough that I'm not LOST. Before I got here I thought that I could go to a school with thousands of people but I was sorely wrong. 1600 people is actually a lot I've found. It's great to see people often, to honestly get to know them, and to have small classes. My biggest class so far has been 50 people but it barely even feels like its that many. Most people that hear I'm at Bowdoin just ask "How is college?" and never say "Bowdoin" outloud. If you're wondering, the pronunciation is on our website. But we don't mind if you say it wrong because it adds to our long list of hilarious mispronunciations...my favorite of which is..."Bow Down?"

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