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- Party SceneB
- Campus FoodA+
- Student LifeA
Bowdoin (bo-d'n) may surprise you. Situated in a coastal Maine town, we produce leading scholars, innovators, and humanitarians. Alumni include Reed Hastings (CEO/founder of Netflix) and DeRay Mckesson (Black Lives Matter). Students balance rigorous academics with the fun of more than 100 student clubs. Unfamiliar with Maine? We have beaches, mountains, food trucks, and upscale restaurants. We sport L.L.Bean boots while engaging in social justice and community service. Bowdoin students, diverse in backgrounds and interests, are funded by an annual financial aid budget of $45 million.
Bowdoin College Rankings
Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.42 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.62 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.62 responses
Political Science and Government101 Graduates
Computer Science32 Graduates
Neuroscience and Neurobiology31 Graduates
Environmental Science29 Graduates
Research and Experimental Psychology29 Graduates
European and Russian Studies28 Graduates
The Department of Computer Science at Bowdoin encourages students to think critically and creatively to solve problems using algorithms. Our curricular offerings prepare graduates well for further study or professional careers in teaching, industry, and financial services.
- Bright and intelligent, yet modest30%
- Smart and Energetic27%
- Wealthy, white11%
- Smart, strategic, casual8%
- Drive, passionate5%
- of students say they don't have Greek life.48 responses
- of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.68 responses
- Bowdoin is the people that make it.43%
- Best college ever!27%
- Bowdoin makes me optimistic about the future.5%
- Home away from home3%
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.21 responses
Bowdoin College Reviews
Socially it's like a Prep School on steroids, if you are looking for a party school this likely isn't the place for you, also the local Police are known to come down hard on the students and the school does more to ensure their reputation is intact than support their students.
As a high end academic school athletics is secondary. Historically they were well integrated into the culture, but as the school has evolved and eliminated things like sororities and fraternities, athletics, especially for the men, has become less valued.
Two examples come to mind. The men's football program has only won 3 games since 2015, and the hockey program, which has a very distinguished history, has struggled for the past 4-5 years since the long term coach retired, as his replacement has struggled.