College Sophomore 2012-12-15T20:15:23Z
Bowdoin is host to faculty members who are brilliant scholars as well as pedagogical enthusiasts. Professors, more often than not, are devoted to their students' learning. This school is a great place to learn and, in turn, exercise your intellectual curiosity in whatever way you see fit.
College Sophomore 2012-12-15T19:58:37Z
All the hype is true. Bowdoin is ranked #1 for a reason. The two main dining halls, both with different menus every day and night, always have such a great variety in food for all eating preferences and tastes. Looking forward to the next meal is a norm.
College Sophomore 2012-12-15T19:53:21Z
There is a palpable athletic presence on campus. At times, it seems that the majority of students are athletes just because most people are so fit and in shape. Some athletic events are more attended than others, but that's no different from any other school really.
College Junior 2012-07-24T23:00:35Z
All majors at Bowdoin are easily accessible to all students. If you want to major in something, you can as long as you put in the work.
College Senior 2012-07-10T22:54:22Z
Guys & Girls:
Girls Good, Guys Ok. I think the girls are very pretty and attractive. There are only some guys who would meet the same level as many of the girls. Although it might just be my taste in guys.
College Senior 2012-07-10T22:47:53Z
Many White People – The school is trying to be more diverse but the number of white people s still very high.
College Senior 2012-07-10T22:44:10Z
Tough but Fair – There isn't much strictness on underage drinking unless it gets out of hand and people are needing transports. The school is very strict when it comes to cheating and plagiarism though so don't mess with that.
College Senior 2012-07-10T22:35:17Z
Tough but Fun – Bowdoin could be the best four years of your life or it can be the worst. The key is to balance your social life and your academic life. If you work hard and party hard then you will have a great time. Don't let either one be greater than the other.
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-10T16:25:55Z
Available and Good, but Not Necessary – Most students choose campus housing because it is so nice and rather convenient. However, there are several houses in town that 3-6 students will rent together, which can mean much cheaper housing than on-campus room fees. However, if you're going to live off-campus, you have to get on finding a house early on. Don't wait until the last minute or your options will be limited!
Recent Alumnus 2012-07-10T16:18:59Z
Overall, a Pleasant Place – It can be hot and humid in the beginning and the end of the school year and can be cold and snowy anywhere between November and March. But those aren't constants--and the snow, at least, can be fun. The rest of the time, Brunswick enjoys moderate temperatures. It rains often, but puddle hopping is fun, too!
College Junior 2012-06-15T02:46:19Z
Not What I Expected – A lot of first-years go hard drinking the first few weeks and party a lot on weekends, they get sloppy and there are plenty of creepy guys just looking for hook-ups. Sometimes the social house parties are good, but often they are way too hot because the entire campus is virtually packed into the basement of one of the social house's basements dancing. There are some bars in town that upperclassmen go to on the weeknights, but the options for underage students is limited.
College Junior 2012-06-15T02:30:22Z
Looking for Balanced Students! Bowdoin is unique in that it looks for applicants who are more than just numbers on a paper, they want REAL people who are interesting and will add something to the community. SAT scores are not mandatory and the applicants with the highest GPAs don't necessarily get in. Legacy status definitely will help with admissions, while financial need will not affect your chances of being accepted since Bowdoin is "need-blind".
College Junior 2012-06-15T02:25:48Z
Great Faculty and Opportunities – I'm a prospective environmental studies and economics co-ordinate major. The economics department is quite strong, as is the ES department. The staff who run the ES department are particularly helpful; they're very approachable and run lots of cool lectures and symposiums. It's great if you are interested in fisheries, rivers, or geology due to the ideal location which allows classes to go out on the coast and explore. So far the workload has been challenging but manageable.
College Junior 2012-06-15T02:21:37Z
Good Options to Choose from – Although there are less majors offered at Bowdoin than at other schools, I feel that those available are focused and applicable to the real world and will therefore help students in secureing a job.
College Junior 2012-06-03T01:28:14Z
There Are Some Great Places Off Campus, but Many Are a Bit Expensive – There are a handful of really great places to eat in town, they are just a bit pricey. My favorites are Wild Oats (a great sandwich/soup place that is more affordable than the other options and has some of the best key lime pie ever!), Little Tokyo (not the best sushi ever, but for a small town in Maine, pretty awesome), Frosty's (seriously some of the best donuts I've ever had), Cody's (their cookie dough ice cream is to die for), Gelato Fiasco (BEST GELATO EVER!!!!!) and Frontier Cafe (a bit on the expensive side, but nice). For a town the size of Brunswick, this isn't that bad...
College Junior 2012-06-03T01:24:25Z
Dorms Are AWESOME!!! This past spring semester, I went to visit a friend at Brown, and until then I did not realize how lucky I am to be living in Bowdoin dorms. They are huge! For the first year quads, there are two bed rooms with two people each, and then a large common room with desks and a couch. The doubles (West and Osher) have one bedroom and a common room. The dorms themselves are very nice. The bathrooms/showers are in the hall, and are cleaned every weekday by someone from Housecleaning (who most people becomes friends with very quickly. Have definitely gotten some great advice from the person that cleans my dorm). Overall the dorms are just unbelievable, a great place to live. And the first year dorms are on the main quad, so they are really convenient.
College Junior 2012-06-03T01:10:31Z
Very Lenient – My proctor (an upperclassman who lives on each first year dorm floor) was incredibly lenient with us. She was very cool if we came back drunk. I started drinking when I went to college, and she was a huge influence in helping me learn how to drink so that I am safe. Bowdoin security is also incredible. From the beginning they drill in our heads that you won't get in trouble for calling them if a friend is very drunk. They would much rather have you safe than in danger. The college knows that students will drink, and they therefore try to create an environment where we can drink but remain safe.
College Junior 2012-06-03T00:53:47Z
Health & Safety:
Safety Is Never an Issue – Not once have I ever felt unsafe at Bowdoin. Brunswick is a small town that is incredibly safe (my friends and I have made donut runs at 4 am and felt completely fine). Bowdoin security are some of the friendliest people ever, and make you feel unbelievably safe. If you don't feel comfortable going somewhere when it gets dark, we have Safe Ride, which will take you anywhere on campus, or pick you up within a mile off campus until 1 AM. The Health Center is ineffective, but very nice. You have to schedule an appointment, no matter what. However, the greatest part of the Health Center is that they offer free and anonymous STI testing. You can go as much as you want, no charge at any time. And again, everyone is very nice.
College Junior 2012-06-03T00:48:09Z
Not Noticeable at All – The most popular drug is marijuana, but only a very, very small part of the college participates, and it is never a determiner of a social group. If you don't want to, no one will ever make you feel bad about it and will often not do it to make sure you don't feel left out.
College Junior 2012-05-10T03:01:31Z
Our food may be frequently touted as the best college/university food in the country, but as a vegan I am EXTREMELY disappointed with my options. At least 5 nights a week my only option is some sort of pasta, and when that isn't available I end up eating rice or struggling to find vegan bread. One night they will have multiple delicious vegan options, and then the next night my only options will be a disgusting dish that no one eats, or even worse, nothing--except salad and cereal. Dining services needs to learn to look at their day-to-day menues from a vegan's perspective. When they do so, they will see that despite their efforts to create vegan dishes (which they do succeed at doing on occasion), their vegan offerings need to be more consistent at the very least. Is it really too much to ask to have vegan bread available every night? How hard would it be to spread out the vegan dishes so that I have (non-pasta) options EVERY night, not just a few nights a week? Come on Bowdoin, you can do better.
College Junior 2012-04-19T16:15:54Z
Bowdoin is located in the extremely small town of Brunswick, Maine. The town just adopted a public transportation system with two buses. The buses go all over the city of Brunswick. There are also three Zipcars on campus. For larger groups, campus vehicles can be rented out.
College Junior 2012-04-19T16:02:42Z
Environmental Studies Major – I love being an ES major. The program is unique and allows you to pick from three concentrations. The programs directors are always looking to help the students with anything! The students in the program are very passionate!
College Junior 2012-04-19T16:00:45Z
The computers at Bowdoin are excellent. There are MAC's and PC's. Students can use whichever they prefer in the labs,as they can pick from which software they prefer befor logging in. Most people do own their laptops.
College Senior 2012-04-13T03:46:58Z
i gotz a spot but i stil get soooo manny prkin tix, lay off it gaiz--sheesh!
College Senior 2012-04-13T03:39:03Z
its liek so effin good omg, dey have all mah favesies cerials n stuf---all da TIME!!!!! not a+ cuz ders no mor capn krunch
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