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Bowdoin College Reviews

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  • 01/23/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    18 out of 18 people found this review useful. 1 of 12

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Want to be involved in everything ---want top small college

    Tips for prospective students

    Have a great interview!!

    Bang for the buck

    high $$, high quality, prestigious--especially in New England ...ranks at the very top in every survey published...solid endowment to sustain competitive advantage vs other colleges....great science departments

    Will enjoy being here

    Really nice town with good amenities right at edge of campus visited 27 campuses and none could compare to the friendliness and general quality of student---well spoken, polite people in a relaxed place with an intellectually intense atmosphere

    Will learn a lot

    Attended classes and all were excellent---Chinese 2nd yr, Biomath, Chem, Physics Profs all accessible and nice, varied classroom environments

  • 07/23/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    9 out of 9 people found this review useful. 2 of 12

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safest campus I know of. I saw old couples strolling around at 1am. It's safe.

    Greek Life

    There isn't one, but there's plenty of partying.

    Great for these types of students

    Laid-back but hardworking, curious, friendly, down-to-earth, and respectful.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The ocean is 30 minutes away!

    Bang for the buck

    I was surprised to see how much I could buy for a midnight snack for just a few dollars.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club, hang out with friends, go downtown, shop, get a ride to Boston!

    Food and Dining

    The food is absolutely amazing, fresh, and varied. Most foods in Maine are this way, and Bowdoin is no exception.

    Dorm Life

    The rooms are spacious, clean, simple, and comfortable. Since it's only a college, the school can afford to look after and pay attention to each student much more than most universities.

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't taken classes here yet, but the Bowdoin B is relatively well-known.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to apply for the Bowdoin Explore program that pays for you to stay and visit the college for a weekend. It will let you know whether the school is right for you. Don't let senior year slip up either. Three years of work can be ruined by one lazy year.

    In three sentences

    I chose this school over the University of Pennsylvania, University of Chicago, and the honors college at the University of Michigan because it has the rare combination of academic rigor, high quality of life, and a selective campus full of people who are kind and intelligent. The school was also very generous in the amount of financial aid I received. If you have a love of learning and enjoying nature's wonders, consider Bowdoin very seriously in your college search.

  • 04/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 3 of 12

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have a relatively small campus located in a very safe part of Maine (not that too many parts of Maine aren't safe). The Bowdoin Security personnel are for the most part quite nice and keep an eye on the campus (but not too close).

    Greek Life

    Instead of fraternities we have social houses which replaced the frats a couple decades ago. They frequently host parties and events.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have everything: a film club, an outing club, sexual support groups, and much more.

    Great for these types of students

    Progressive minded liberal students who like to get involved in their school and community. Athletes are also very happy here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Ivies week during the spring is one crazy week. To find out more you will have to come... Also pepper flipping during meals... Have to enroll to learn more about that too...

    Bang for the buck

    Bowdoin is expensive, but offers killer financial aid. Plus, so many opportunities and connections open up for you. You can even do research with a professor as an undergrad.

    What to do for fun

    Watch the sports teams compete (NESCAC games are sick). Social house parties on most weekends plus plenty of outdoors opportunities with the outing club.

    Food and Dining

    Best in the country. Actually.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the housing options are pretty good and the cleaning employees do a great job.

    Academic Rigor

    No matter what your major you will find the classes very challenging. Both the students and professors are deep into academia and all the professors do their own research.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check out all the different clubs on campus. There are so many for such a small school!

    In three sentences

    A small school with a liberal student body that is very focused on academics. Most students are on varsity sports teams or clubs. The food is so good.

  • 07/25/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 4 of 12

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Bowdoin is in a tiny town in Maine and the small campus provides a safe atmosphere. They also have the blue light system on campus.

    Greek Life

    No Greek life.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are up to a challenge, open-minded, and ready for the cold.

    Bang for the buck

    Bowdoin gives great financial aid using the same no-loans strategy as the Ivy's which makes it a great choice.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of fun things to do occur on campus since the college is very dedicated to holding shows and concerts. The town of Brunswick is just a block away and has lots of things to do.

    Food and Dining

    Bowdoin literally has the nation's best college campus food. They're rated for it. It's amazing.

    Dorm Life

    At Bowdoin you have the option of living in a double or quad in a house you are assigned before freshman year. Dorn life is very fun and active!

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're interested in Bowdoin it only makes sense to visit the campus and check out everything from classrooms to dorm rooms to the famous and amazing dining halls.

    In three sentences

    Bowdoin is hands down the best school I applied to! The financial aid is Ivy caliber, the college is extremely competitive to get into, and the general atmosphere is excellent. At Bowdoin you feel welcomed from the moment you set foot on campus even if you aren't sure you're going to be attending.

  • 01/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 5 of 12

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe, security is extremely accessible and incredibly helpful.

    Greek Life

    None, it'e been abolished to make the community more inclusive.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs, and if you don't like any of them, you can create one. There are hills for hiking, a beach close by, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who enjoy nature, and students who wouldn't normally go to school in a place like Maine. Comfortable, beautiful and serene.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Pepper Flip: If you land the pepper shaker right-side up, and the person agrees to the challenge you've given them, they must do. Frosty's: Stay up until 4 A.M. and walk over to Frosty's donuts when they open up.

    Bang for the buck

    The restaurants and stores within Brunswick by are very good and offer great deals to students.

    What to do for fun

    Their is a lot to get involved with on campus, and the city of Portland is about 40 minutes off campus if you need to get away.

    Food and Dining

    The food is unbelievable, and not to mention incredibly healthy for the most part.

    Dorm Life

    The rooms are incredible, and it's very rare that you'll find yourself unable to live with your roommate.

    Academic Rigor

    The work is difficult, but it's a challenge you need.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come in and be open to everything you never thought you would do. You will love yourself for doing it.

    In three sentences

    It has been an incredible experience so far. I love the campus and community, and the teachers compel me to work hard. I am in my second year, and I am loving every minute of it.

  • 06/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 6 of 12

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Security is amazing. They are kind to the students, yet dedicated to keeping safe by whatever means necessary.

    Greek Life

    There are no fraternities or sororities on campus, but there are social houses that resemble sororities and fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs, sports, and activities on campus. There is something for everyone. You can even start your own club.

    Great for these types of students

    Bowdoin is great for students who are committed to improving the world because Bowdoin provides the resources to make it possible.

    What to do for fun

    Bowdoin is located in a small town but there are always many activities on campus, such as concerts, movie screening, musicals, and social house parties.

    Food and Dining

    The food is absolutely amazing! There is something for everybody.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms, especially the first year dorms, are very spacious.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses at Bowdoin are challenging, but eye-opening. The professors are always willing and available to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is very important that you are committed to extra-curricular activities and have participated in community service events. Bowdoin is also test-optional.

    In three sentences

    Bowdoin is unique as its name. Though the campus is small, the hearts of the people here are big. Bowdoin is truly a place of the common good.

  • 08/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 7 of 12

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Besides the unusual security guard who will seem to have an attitude problem, campus security officers are friendly, helpful, kind and useful.

    Greek Life

    College Houses fill the role, in a more inclusive sense.

    Clubs and Activities

    A great selection that branch out of almost all the academic departments and beyond. Why not learn to curl in Belfast or watch Jaws in the pool? The question is why not.

    Great for these types of students

    Self driven Explorers Innovators Dreamers who work hard

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The annual Polar Bear run has a large following.

    Bang for the buck

    The perks that come with the tuition are numerous, so seek them out.

    What to do for fun

    Go on Outing Club trips. Walk in the Bowdoin Pines Go Bowling for free on Thursdays Study in the Visual Arts Center Walk off the main streets of Maine St.

    Food and Dining

    Constantly, top ranked for dining. I believe that the food is good but the dining staff are great.

    Dorm Life

    The Residential Life staff does a wonderful job and creating community and allowing community to spring naturally. Building dynamics are wonderful with floor dynamics typically forging strong inter room bonds. The College House System allows for dorm life to be positively integrated with campus life.

    Academic Rigor

    You get what you put into all classes. Studying becomes your personal incentive. A lot of learning happens outside of the classroom.

    Tips for prospective students

    You'll be happy where ever you go, but being a polar bear gives you international pride.

    In three sentences

    A small but large enough campus. Students who get excited about what they study. Beautiful community of people and lovely surrounding area.

  • 05/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 8 of 12

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Bowdoin and the town it's in are very safe. Security is friendly and always around. Blue lights can found throughout campus.

    Greek Life

    There is no Greek life. Instead, there are co-ed social houses that host events and parties.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs; one for everyone. There is also a commitment to the Common Good which just means community involvement and service.

    Great for these types of students

    Students at Bowdoin are academically motivated and intelligent, as well as friendly and interesting. It is great for anyone with these characteristics.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Pre orientation trips for freshmen, lobster bakes, pepper flipping, Ivies concerts, 4AM donut runs, and the glowing rock room are just a few.

    Bang for the buck

    It is expensive, but it's worth it. There is a great financial aid program, so don't worry about the cost too much. Bowdoin likes to make sure its students are happy, and is nationally ranked for doing so (in the top 5). You are treated well and academically challenged.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something happening on campus. You can also go in town (which is literally about a five minute walk) to try a variety of restaurants, shopping, and places to hang out. The beach is about a half hour away. In the winter, there are snowball fights, and an ice rink on the Quad, as well as trips to ski mountains.

    Food and Dining

    #1 in the country! And for a reason, too. The meals are wonderful and there are always healthy options. Dining service tries to accommodate everyone and tries incorporating local food into the menu. Gluten free and vegan meals are always available.

    Dorm Life

    Huge rooms! Freshmen tend to get quads, doubles, or quints. After freshman year you can choose to stay on campus or not and what kind of room you would like. There is also chem-free housing which only means that no alcohol is permitted in the building.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are very difficult, but manageable. The classes are generally small, which means that you have the option to be more involved. There is plenty of tutoring help if you need it. The professors are also always willing to help and are really understanding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and get involved! You've probably heard this a million times, but you'll be glad if you do. Talk with people from the college whether they be students, professors, or coaches so that you can ask specific questions.

    In three sentences

    Bowdoin is a fantastic school that challenges you academically and opens your mind to new ideas. The people and the town are wonderful. As a student, you will feel spoiled; but in a good way.

  • 10/05/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 9 of 12

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    None.

    Great for these types of students

    Diverse and involved people!

    What to do for fun

    24/7 L.L.Bean

    Food and Dining

    Rated #1 for healthiest campus!

    Dorm Life

    Stunning dorms!

    Academic Rigor

    Top notch academics, focus on personalized attention from professors and small classes. Research and publishing opportunities as soon as freshman year.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful campus with a strong focus on community involvement (Bowdoin Hello). Great for sciences - special arctic studies and research at Kent Island! Great college town.

  • 12/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 10 of 12

    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Pretty much any club you can think of! (If we don't have it YOU should start it, they will provide you with WHATEVER you need!)

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Annual lobster bake!!! GREAT!

    What to do for fun

    Brunswick is a small town. Definitely not a place for people who are looking for a big city. There are some awesome food places to try, grocery stores, a few shopping places, and other places in greater Brunswick, Also partying is a big thing to do on weekends, but there are many more options.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared academically. Professors expect your best!

    In three sentences

    Bowdoin is absolutely amazing. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else for the next four years. A place with a friendly atmosphere, supportive professors, a rigorous curriculum, and great food.

  • 07/22/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    11 of 12

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The security here has been very good, and there haven't been many 'creepers' around.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Well, rumor has it that some of the dorms are haunted by past students, especially Ladd House. There is also an extremely big taxidermy polar bear inside of the Union. And squirrels. There are lots and lots of squirrels.

    Food and Dining

    The food is very good and good for you.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are cozy and comfortable, but be warned: In Summer, it gets quite hot here.

    Academic Rigor

    They're very focused on the arts here, but do leave plenty of room for the maths and sciences.

  • 10/20/2014

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    12 of 12

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Everybody at Bowdoin loves their security staff and feels very comfortable talking to them.

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of athletes, and clubs for all kinds of people.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for adventurous and curious students who love to explore their environment and surroundings.

    Bang for the buck

    it is expensive, but has quality financial aid.

    What to do for fun

    Students at Bowdoin seemed very active and were outstanding members of their communities.

    Food and Dining

    Amazing food! Great dining hall with so many options for any student!

    Dorm Life

    Very nice, neat looking dorms, with spacious rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    There are a lot of class and major options, especially with it being liberal arts. Most students are double majoring, and the envirnonmental studies program sets it apart from a lot of the other similar liberal arts schools.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit! Seeing the campus really confirmed my feelings. Also, for students from the South like me, it is cold, but managable.

    In three sentences

    A welcoming place for even a visitor with a great campus vibe and environment. Unique from all of the other schools I visited. Smart and committed staff as well as students as it seems like everyone at Bowdoin loves being at Bowdoin.