See what students say:


Bowdoin College is a small college in Brunswick, Maine, with faculty who are “passionate about their research and distributing their knowledge to hardworking students.” Professors here “are absolutely fantastic” and “teach every class—[no teaching assistants].” They are “brilliant at leading discussions and pushing students to think deeper and, delightfully, stranger [in order] to consider new possibilities off of well-worn paths.” Bowdoin’s undergraduates also love the “small class sizes and the level of intimacy” they have access to with faculty members. This isn’t a school for slackers. Says one student: “I soon learned that in order to do well here, you must give all your time and effort. There is no grade inflation at this institution.” Students sum up their academics as “highly demanding but also highly rewarding.” Bowdoin provides lots of hands-on opportunities, especially in environmental science, with instructors taking advantage of the college’s coastal location. Other immersive courses that some describe as “engaging and challenging in the best possible way” include United Nations and Supreme Court simulations. Although students at Bowdoin “like to stay busy,” they are never bored.

Student Body

Bowdoin attracts “students who are excited to learn, challenge themselves and others, and engage beyond what is expected.” The college “carries thirty-one varsity sports teams,” which “leads to a large proportion of the student body being comprised of athletes” and “an increased sense of camaraderie between athletes and a large number of students that attend sporting events.” The stereotypical divide between so-called nerds and jocks isn’t present here: “Those same athletes might later converse about quantum physics and Russian literature in the dining hall.” Bowdoin students “do it all when it comes to academics, athletics, and socializing.” One student says, “the student body is thoughtful, outgoing, and dedicated, finding a … balance between life and work.” Students describe their peers as being “often genuinely humble and friendly,” “preppy,” and “brilliant.” Many are “drawn to Bowdoin because of the natural beauty of Maine, … and nature definitely influences campus culture and what students do in their free time.”

Campus Life

You’d be forgiven for mistaking Bowdoin’s cafeterias for Parisian cafés. “Every meal … is a [planned] social event,” and it’s “not abnormal for a meal to last two hours because you’re deep in conversation with someone.” And then there’s the food: “Meals in the dining hall tend to be the centerpiece of social life during the week—it’s fun to camp out [there].” Another student emphasizes that “every meal is significant because students socialize, expand their community, and engage with others.” However, mealtimes buffer the demands of coursework, with students “spend[ing] the majority of their time doing schoolwork.” On weekends, you’ll find “a lot of outdoorsy people … kayaking, hiking,” or camping in nearby Acadia National Park. In the winter, “a portion of the quad [is even transformed into] a makeshift ice rink.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Admissions Office
Reception Desk

Office of Admissions
5000 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011-8441

(207) 725-3100


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Peter Buck Center for Health and Fitness
David Saul Smith Union
Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center
The Edwards Center for Art and Dance
Schiller Coastal Studies Center; Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum; Studzinski Recital Hall; Hawthorne-Longfellow Library; Druckenmiller Hall; Thorne Dining Hall; Wish and Pickard Theaters; top of Coles Tower (for birds-eye view); Watson Arena, Farley Field House, Greason Pool; playing fields/trails; the Bowdoin Pines; the Bowdoin Quad.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown Brunswick
City of Portland
L.L. Bean and Freeport
Sugarloaf and Sunday River ski resorts
Androscoggin River Bike Trail; Bailey Island and Orr's Island; Dog Bar Jim (coffee shop), Bohemian Coffee House; City of Bath; Big Top Deli; Bull Moose Music/Movies/Video Games; Cook's Lobster House Restaurant; Eveningstar Cinema; Frontier Cafe; Gelato Fiasco; Little Dog Coffee Shop; Mere Point; Merrymeeting Bay; Morse Mountain Conservation Area; Popham Beach State Park; Portland (Pizza) Pie Co.; Reid State Park; Thomas Point Beach; Town of Freeport; Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park. Please refer to: https://www.bowdoin.edu/campus-life/living-in-maine/index.html.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Mon 10:30am, Tues-Fri 2:30pm

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Submit Prospective Interest Form at http://athletics.bowdoin.edu/information/prospect/index and contact coach directly

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact the faculty member via e-mail to request a class visit

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays


Seniors only; one-night stay; not available on Fri or Sat night or during exam periods


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Portland International Jetport is less than 30 miles from campus. Mid-Coast Limo (800-937-2424) provides service between the airport and campus. Hertz (800-654-3131), Budget (800-527-0700) and other major rental car companies serve the airport. Enterprise (207-725-1344) serves the Brunswick area. Arrange for limousine or taxi service as early as possible. Mermaid Transportation and Concord Trailways provide bus service (with pick ups in Brunswick and on campus) to and from Portland and points beyond. Amtrak provides train service between Brunswick and Boston. Bowdoin also provides a shuttle service to local areas of interest and Portland. The Metro Breez bus service connects the communities of Brunswick, Freeport, Yarmouth and Portland with 14 daily round trips. Please refer to: http://www.bowdoin.edu/about/visiting/

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the south, take I-95 N. toward N.H./Maine, then merge onto I-295 N. via Exit 44 toward South Portland/Downtown Portland, take the US-1 exit at Exit 28 (Bath-Brunswick/Coastal Rte. 1) and follow Rte. 1/Pleasant St., following signs for Maine St. At the intersection with Maine St., turn right, then proceed straight (Bowdoin will be on the left), proceed straight past the Joshua L. Chamberlain statue then turn left onto College St., which takes you into the campus. From the north, take I-95 S. and then the US-1 exit at Exit 28 (Bath-Brunswick/Coastal Rte. 1) and proceed as above. Please refer to: http://www.bowdoin.edu/about/visiting/directions.shtml

Local Accommodations
Accessible by car, bus, train and air, the Maine coast is a popular destination for visitors from across the U.S. and around the world. It offers a wide variety of guest accommodations, including inexpensive chain hotels, bed and breakfasts, upscale inns and major hotel chains. Local accommodations include The Brunswick Inn (B&B); the Brunswick Hotel and Tavern; The Daniel; the Comfort Inn; the Econo Lodge; and the Fairfield Inn & Suites, among others. Nearby in Freeport (home of L.L. Bean) are the Harraseeket Inn and the Hilton Garden Inn. A comprehensive list can be found at: http://www.midcoastmaine.com/


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