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- Academicsgrade A+
- Valuegrade A+
- Diversitygrade A
- Campusgrade A
- Athleticsgrade B
- Party Scenegrade B
- Professorsgrade A+
- Locationgrade B+
- Dormsgrade A+
- Campus Foodgrade A+
- Student Lifegrade A
- Safetygrade B+
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.
Will You Get In?
- 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
Most Popular Majors
- Political Science and Government108 Graduates
- Economics69 Graduates
- Mathematics54 Graduates
- History34 Graduates
- Computer Science30 Graduates
- Environmental Science30 Graduates
- Biology27 Graduates
- European and Russian Studies27 Graduates
- Neuroscience and Neurobiology27 Graduates
- Research and Experimental Psychology26 Graduates
Digital and Computational Studies
Digital and computational methods and analysis are creating the ability and opportunity to address new questions and data sets, and adding new perspectives to the core questions that have always concerned the humanities, social sciences, and natural & physical sciences.
- 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.