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Bowdoin students seem to pressure themselves to be certain things. It can be a very superficial and unhealthy environment. Tuition is so expensive so chose your major wisely. The academic advising here is not very proactive.
I am a parent of a first year student. We are from South Florida so the first question to answer I hear is “Why Maine, isn’t it cold?” The answer is yes the weather is cold but Bowdoin is also “So warm” you forget about the cold. All the students I’ve met are warm, welcoming, intelligent, and supportive; not cut-throat competitive. It’s truly an amazing place to be with a top moth education.
Brunswick is a nice coastal town. The campus is also very picturesque. I could see a lot of student diversity which is important to me. But I didn't get a strong sense of community or welcoming. It's very good school just maybe not for me.
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I am a first year at Bowdoin and it's a great school. The people and professors make it amazing. It's a smaller school, so class sizes are small (which I like) and you get to know everybody very quickly.
I thought I was prepared for NE weather but who can prepare for 5 degree mornings? And winter is not just three months. I’ve enjoyed most of my classes but overall I question the return on my investment here.
I like Bowdoin because it’s in a wonderful location if you have any interest in the outdoors. The professors I’ve had so far has been great and the school provides an abundance of support for its students both academically and in their transition to college. I feel that, while the school is doing okay on its diversity, it could go a long way to really build a more inclusive community. Overall I’m very happy at Bowdoin.
After just finishing my first semester at Bowdoin, I can say that there are a lot of ups and downs. I love the campus, and I LOVE the surrounding area. Bowdoin is not that typical LAC in the middle of nowhere--Brunswick is the cutest town with tons of coffee shops and amazing restaurants; Freeport is a great place to do some shopping and spend the day with friends; Portland is an amazing, safe city. It is very easy to get to these places through a $3 bus. The health services are pretty terrible though; the counseling services are subpar at best, and if you are sick and don't have immediately diagnosable strep, the health center won't do anything for you.

For me, it was hard to make close friends at first. Everyone puts forward a version of themselves that they think others will like, and I found myself growing close to people with whom, as I got to know them, I did not necessarily want to stay close. It's rough the first few months, but it gets better.
I love the fact that Bowdoin is a small, liberal arts college. I am someone who thrives in close teacher-student relationships, and Bowdoin provides me with such an opportunity. Further, the College's emphasizes on career development is really important. For instance, Bowdoin displays fashion shows among students and faculty to learn "what to wear and what not to wear for an interview." Further, even though Bowdoin does not have a Journalism program, they do have an English major, and also the opportunity to create one's own program/major.
Having a lot of difficulty justifying the tuition here. Too many students signing up based on loan approvals without weighing the debt against a liberal arts education. I believe he tide is turning on this practice.
Not enough diversity. Takes the motto "work hard/play hard" way too seriously. Students are super stressed out and then rely on binge drinking all weekend.
The culture of the campus is what makes it great. Most school experiences, as far as I know, are what you make of them, but Bowdoin is exceptional at helping you make the most of your time here. I love my classes, professors, and friends I have made.
The atmosphere there was very welcoming and they were very willing to help in any way they could to make your college experience the best one possible.
Bowdoin could not have made my first year at college any better. I felt challenged, my brain literally expanded, the people I met were interesting, I loved the present but not all-consuming social scene...even when I was stressed out from work I was still so happy to be at Bowdoin. Unlike other colleges, Bowdoin does not have a stress culture and encourages you to try new activities even if you might fail.
I grew up hearing about how great Bowdoin College was, but nothing compares to how amazing it is to go to college here. The food is great, the people are amazing, and it's easy to instantly feel at home. They make the transformation from high school to college easy. The education I've received is fulfilling and passionate.
BEST COLLEGE FOR THOSE LOOKING TO FORM LONG-LASTING FRIENDSHIPS AND RELATIONSHIPS!!! I have met friends at Bowdoin who I now consider my family! Bowdoin's size, genius orientation program, and extracurricular activities are perfect for meeting new people and feeling connected!
Whether its the Outing Club, the Literary Magazine, the Film Society, or an a Capella group, there is always something for every kind of person to get involved in. Also, people here are incredibly friendly and willing to go out of their way to help you. Bowdoin's size, with 1700 students, really enables this sense of community. If I could change one thing about Bowdoin, I would offer class credit for laboratory time. Also , this is just my wish , but I think Bowdoin should advertise more to the outside world. I grew up overseas, so most of my other friends had not heard of Bowdoin, or Brunswick for that matter. I can understand that I was surprised that not many people in United States knew about this school either. 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. As for food, you can guess exactly how delicious it is from just taking a peek at the NYtimes article and the college rankings.
Amazing faculty that love to teach, and a great campus community. Recommend to any one who wants a challenging but inclusive academic environment.
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I love pretty much everything about Bowdoin. The people, the classes, the campus, the professors all make this campus what it is. But although I love Bowdoin, I love the person Bowdoin made me even more. Here's to the happiest years of your life.
Scholarly atmosphere overall. Students are incredibly smart and give off an intellectual vibe, but at the same time are down to earth. Work tends to be very challenging, but the environment is supportive. At Bowdoin, you can feel yourself learning and growing in many ways.
Love Bowdoin.... best choice I've ever made was to apply ED1 here. Everyone is incredibly smart, but incredibly humble. The environment here is 100% collaborative instead of competitive and that is what makes Bowdoin different.