Bowdoin College


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Bowdoin College


  • 60% have a job after 6 months
  • 71% have a job after 1 year
  • 80% have a job after 2 years


$34,640 / year

Room and Board


Application deadline

January 1

Application fee


Educational Resources


Hawthorne-Longfellow Library, Beckwith Music Library, Hatch Science Library, Pierce Art Library, George J. Mitchell Department of Special Collections and Archives, Government Documents, Language Media Center, Russwurm African-American Center Library, Women’s Resource Center Library, Career Planning Center Resource Library, Susan Dwight Bliss Room

  • Member of library consortia.
  • 995,507 books, serial backfiles, and other material including government documents.
  • 6,300 current serial subscriptions.
  • 112,408 microforms.
  • 23,153 Audio/Visual items.
  • 81,664 e-books.

Museums & Art

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Arctic Studies Center, Educational Research and Development Program, Baldwin Center for Learning and Teaching, Coastal Studies Center, Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island, Wish Theater, Pickard Theater, Visual Arts Center, Gibson Hall of Music, Environmental Studies Center, Russwurm African-American Center, Women’s Resource Center, Community Service Resource Center, Electronic Classroom



  • Students are not required to take a computer course.
  • Students are not required to own or lease a computer.
  • Recommended computer operating system: Other

Campus Resources

  • 450 computers for student use in locations such as computer center/labs, residence halls, library, student center
  • 250 Internet connections in libraries.
  • 500 Internet connections in classrooms.
  • 150 Internet connections in Laboratories.
  • 4,500 Internet connections elsewhere on campus.

Student accommodations

  • Email accounts are available to all students.
  • Internet access is available to all students.
  • Student web-pages are permitted.
  • Online class registration is not available.
  • 100% of college-owned hosting units are available for internet access.

Wireless Internet Hotspots

  • Wifi is available in all school buildings and on all school property
  • Campus wireless internet hotspots are not available.
  • Approximately 2,500 students can be on the network at once.



nonremedial tutoring, women’s center, placement service, day care, health service, health insurance


minority student, career, personal, academic, psychological, birth control, religious


on-campus job interviews, internships, resume assistance, career/job search classes, alumni network, interest inventory, interview training, other

Campus Safety

24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc)

Campus Life



  • The school offers housing for students.
  • 95% of students live in school housing.
  • The school will provide assistance for off-campus housing

Types of housing available

  • 27% of housing units are Singles.
  • 18% of housing units are Doubles.
  • 34% of housing units are Triples.
  • 21% of housing units are Apartments.
  • In total, there are 32 housing buildings.

Room Accessories

  • 97% of rooms are equipped with sprinkler systems.
  • 100% of rooms are equipped with fire alarms.
  • 100% are equipped with high-speed internet connections.


  • 90% of students remain on campus over the weekends, on average.
  • Alcohol is permitted on campus.
  • Popular events on campus: Asian Week (culminating with the Asian Student Association Fashion Show, highlighting traditional attire of Asian nations); Battle of the Bands; Bear AIDS (a daylong benefit concert with 5 or 6 bands, including the winner of the Battle of the Bands); Black History Month (lectures, films & performances); Bowdoin Film Series; Bowdoin vs. Colby Ice Hockey games; Coffee House Nights with student performances; Common Good Day (a campus-wide day of community service); Common Hour (regular noon-time lectures & performances for the campus community); Ebony Ball; Foreign Language Tables (French, Italian, Spanish, German, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, Korean); House System houses hosted weekly activities (Loose Leaves, trips to Portland Museum of Art, Portland Symphony, Popham Beach, etc. , movie nights, Monday night football, Oktoberfest, bands, coffee houses, Haunted House, volunteering, theme parties, faculty lectures, etc. ); International Week; Ivies Weekend; Junior/Senior Ball; Life 101 (classes in self-defense, cooking, auto repair, etc. ); Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration; Midnight Madness (opening of basketball season at Bowdoin); One Acts Festival (staged readings of student-written plays); Performing Arts Series; Senior Art Show; Spring Dance Performance; Spring Gala (formal dance with a swing orchestra); Teatime Concert Series; Winter’s Weekend (with a Broom Ball contest to benefit charity)
  • Student activities: choral groups, concert band, dance, drama/theater, jazz band, literary magazine, music ensembles, musical theater, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student film society, symphony orchestra, television station, yearbook
  • In total, there are about 109 organizations on campus.
  • Honor societies: Phi Beta Kappa
  • Religious organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Catholic Students Union, Christian Fellowship, Hillel, Meditation and Buddhist Studies Group
  • International organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) African American Society, Amnesty International, Anokha (South Asian Students Coalition), Asian Student Association, Caribbean Student Alliance, Circolo Italiano, Global Help, Hawaii Ohana, International Club, Korean-American Students Association, Latin American Student Organization, Russian Club
  • Other organizations: (Appears as submitted by school) Alpine Ski/Ski Race Club; Americans for Informed Democracy; Animation Society; Arabesque (ballet club); Architects & Designers; Art Club; Atheists; Baxter House Tutoring and Mentoring Programs; Bear Blades (skating club); Bear Buddies; Bears and Cubs; Book Buddies; Bowdoin Mentoring; Bridging the Generations/Adopt a Grandparent; Business Club; Cable Network; Campus Activities Board; Chaos Theory (women’s Ultimate Frisbee); Cheerleading Squad; Chess Club; Community Service Council; Craft Center; Crew Club (coed); Culinary Club; Cycling Club (coed); Debate Team; Democrats; Democratic Socialism; Digital Underground; Emergency Medical Services Club; Equestrians (coed); Evergreens (environmental awareness); Executive Committee of Student Government; Fencing Club (coed); Film and Video Society; Finance Society; Forward! (support of persons with disabilities); Fuzion; HIV/AIDS Peer Educators; Hockey Club (men); House System; Huntington Club (bird watching); Improvabilities (improvisational comedy); Inter-House Council; Jujitsu Club (coed); Kamerling Society (American Chemical Society); Karate Club (coed); Literary Society; Longfellows (a cappella group); Masque and Gown (drama club); Math Club (Emmy Noether Society); Meddiebempsters (all-male a cappella); Miscellania (all-female a cappella); Neuroscience Journal Club; Obvious (hip-hop & breakdancing group); Organic Garden Club; Outing Club; Peucinian Society (Classics-oriented club); Poeting Club; Polar Bear Nation (athletics cheering club); Polar Consulting Club; Polar Jazz Big Band; Queer/Straight Alliance; Republicans; Rock Climbing Club; Rugby Club (men); Safe Space (sexual assault awareness/support); SAVO (Student Admissions Volunteer Program); Student Government Association; Student Organization Oversight Committee; Student Peer Counseling & Advising; Student-led Service Organizations (20 local groups); Syncopated State (coed a cappella); Table Tennis Club (coed); Taiko (Japanese drumming club); Ultimate Frisbee (men, see Chaos Theory above for women); Unity Step Team; Ursus Verses (a cappella group); VAGUE (dance group); V-DAY (awareness of violence against women & children); Volleyball Club (men); W. A. R. R. I. O. R. S. (eating disorders awareness); Waterpolo Team (coed); WBOR 91. 1 FM (Bowdoin on Radio); Women’s Association; Yoga Club; Young & Sober
  • Student papers: (Appears as submitted by school) The Bowdoin Orient (weekly college newspaper); The Disorient (bi-weekly alternative newspaper); The Bowdoin Forum (annual academic journal of international affairs); Wavelength (annual photography journal); No Reply (magazine with intent to raise awareness of social differences); The Bowdoin Patriot (political newspaper); The Quill (annual literary publication); Bugle (annual yearbook)


  • Nearest airport(s) (distance in miles): Portland (30), Boston (130)
  • Nearest train(s) (distance in miles): Portland (25)
  • Nearest bus-station(s) (distance in miles): Brunswick (0)
  • Public transportation does not serve the campus.
  • All students are permitted to have cars on campus.
  • 40% of students have a car on campus


  • School employment is available.
  • 46% of undergrads are employed with average earnings of 1,835
  • Freshman are not discouraged from working.
  • There are 0 fraternities
  • 0 fraternity houses
  • 0% of students are fraternity members
  • There are 0 sororities
  • 0 sorority houses
  • 0% of students are sorority members.


  • Army ROTC: Not offered
  • Navy ROTC: Not offered
  • Airforce ROTC: Not offered
  • Additional Policies

    class attendance policies set by individual instructors, honor code, hazing prohibited, smoking prohibited, other

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