Student Affairs – Student Activities

More than one hundred student-run clubs and organizations present an array of programs, services, and activities for the College community and important extra- and co-curricular leadership opportunities for students. Membership in organizations is open to all students. Among the oldest groups are the Outing Club, the Orient (Bowdoin’s newspaper), and Masque and Gown (a dramatic organization). Between five and ten new student organizations or clubs are formed each year. Groups are chartered by the Student Organization Oversight Committee (SOOC) of the Bowdoin Student Government and are supported by staff in the Student Activities Office, as well as faculty and staff advisors. For a complete list and description of student organizations, please consult the Student Organization website.

The David Saul Smith Union, which houses the Student Activities Office, exemplifies a small neighborhood block by providing services, conveniences, amenities, programs, and activities for the Bowdoin College community. It is not just a campus center; it is a venue for lectures, concerts, dances, information, and a place that responds to the needs of all members of the College community.

The Smith Union contains the Campus Information Desk, the Student Activities Office, a game room, Jack Magee’s Pub and Grill, student mailboxes, the campus mail center, art galleries, and several study spaces. Also located in the union are the campus bookstore, the Café, and the convenience store.