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Bowdoin College Student Life

Bowdoin College is on a 207-acre campus in a small town setting in Brunswick, Maine, not far from Portland. Bowdoin College has many clubs, organizations, and activities for students to participate in – chorus, theater groups, a campus newspaper, a radio station and more.

Bowdoin College does not have fraternities or sororities.

Bowdoin College has a thriving Outing Club. In fact, more students participate in Outing Club than any other on-campus activity.

Other popular student organizations at Bowdoin College include Intramural sports, Community Service Volunteer Programs, WBOR 91.1 FM Radio and Bowdoin Orient Student Newspaper.

Bowdoin College students' favorite campus traditions are Common Good Day, Ivies Weekend and Museum Receptions.

Bowdoin College Housing

Bowdoin College offers housing. Students are required to live on campus through sophomore year. First year students are guaranteed on-campus housing.

Most Bowdoin College students live off campus. In 2021, 36% of undergrads at Bowdoin College lived in some kind of on-campus housing and 64% of students lived off-campus or commuted to Bowdoin College. There are 1,749 spots available in on-campus housing for all 1,777 undergraduates. In the 2020-21 school year, 638 students chose to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 36% students stay on-campus. First year students are not allowed to park a car on campus.

Bowdoin College offers coed housing and housing for students with disabilities.

Safety at Bowdoin College

College is like a home away from home. Whether you're walking to class or coming back from late-night studying (or partying!), it's important to feel safe on campus.

Bowdoin College is patroled 24 hours a day by trained security. The Bowdoin College campus has emergency telephones or alarms for students to use anytime of day or night.

Bowdoin College offers late-night transportation or safety escorts for students. Campus housing is secure and dorms can only be accessed with secure key cards.

Additionally, Bowdoin College has self-defense education, safe ride service, emergency notification system.

Plan a Visit to Bowdoin College

Visiting colleges is one of the best ways to get a sense of the campus and student body. If you'd like to visit to Bowdoin College, take Interstate 295 to Brunswick, ME. If you need to fly, book your flight to Portland International airport.

While you're planning, check out other schools in Maine you may want to visit too. Click the heart at the top of each school's page to save it to your college list.

Want to visit but can't make the trip? Explore Bowdoin College's campus without leaving home by taking a virtual campus tour

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