A learning community has a distinctive set of values and qualities which support individual growth and development. These values emerge from and reinforce the finest traditions and heritage of the College. By creating and maintaining rich relationships with the world beyond, the College prepares students for engagement in the local, national, and international communities and connects them with the larger Bowdoin family. What are the values of a learning community?
College House leaders, house presidents and affiliates collaborate with staff and faculty to host campus-wide events and intellectual and co-curricular programs in the College Houses. All students are affiliated with one of eight College Houses and have the opportunity to get involved with a wide range of campus initiatives through the Houses. College House leaders spend additional time with their first year brick affiliates and encourage them to be involved in planning House events. read more »
As one of a handful of colleges founded before 1800, Bowdoin's campus is steeped in history and tradition. If you look beyond the ivy covered walls, you'll find a campus that has been intentionally designed to foster community, collegiality, and discovery. read more »
Proctors, Resident Assistants and Academic Advisors come together to guide, mentor, and encourage students throughout their time at Bowdoin. This dynamic creates strong community and allows students to maximize their time at Bowdoin by creating early connections with upperclass students and faculty. read more »
Learning occurs everywhere at Bowdoin. However, some of the most important lessons aren't taught in the classroom. Instead, they are drawn from a diverse community with shared values. read more »
"The dinners are not about meeting six other people with whom you are going to become good friends. They're about offering the chance to make one connection. At this past dinner, I met Jim Ward of the math department. I'm not a math buff, so I would never have gotten the opportunity to speak with him except this one night. We ended up talking for 45 minutes after everyone else had left."
The "From the Fishouse" reading series brings emerging poets into the houses at Bowdoin. From the Fishouse takes its name, and the spelling of "Fishouse," from the writing cabin of the late Lawrence Sargent Hall. Hall renovated the former codfish-drying shack and wrote in the space for 50 years. Within the Fishouse, he wrote his Faulkner Award-winning novel, Stowaway, and his O'Henry Award-winning short story, The Ledge, named in 1999 as one of The Best American Short Stories of the Century.
Multicultural life at Bowdoin College is defined by the efforts of our student organizations. The groups not only provide support and understanding for their members, but also bring new cultural and religious perspectives to the entire Bowdoin campus. The college supports these organizations by providing resources, facilities, and administrative adivising.