Campus Life

The Values of a Learning Community

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?

  • Engagement in active learning and inquiry
  • Challenge and growth
  • Freedom of inquiry and expression
  • Mutual respect and civility of discourse
  • Concern for others
  • Shared responsibility for the community
  • Friendship and fun
  • Connection to the larger community
  • Commitment to serving the common good outside as well as within the College
  • Affirmation of Bowdoin's history and its finest traditions

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Elements of Community

The College House System

Bowdoin HousesCollege 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 »

Our Campus Geography

Campus GeographyAs 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 »

Guides to the Bowdoin Experience

Proctors & RAsProctors, 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 Through Others

Learning Through OthersLearning 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 »