Campus Life

Maine as a Living Classroom

The connections between Maine and Bowdoin run deep.  Bowdoin alumni have shaped the state - and the state has shaped  the College -  since Bowdoin's founding in 1794.  Civil war hero and four term governor Joshua Chamberlain graduated from Bowdoin, served on the faculty and became president of the College after the war.

Maine is a truly unique setting for a liberal arts college.  Marine, urban and rural environments are all within a short distance of campus, giving students unparalleled opportunities for real-world research, a breadth of recreational opportunities, and the city of Portland.



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Exploring Maine

Downtown Brunswick


Bowdoin is located in Brunswick, ME, a town of 21,000 near the coast.  Bowdoin and Brunswick are thoroughly interwoven. A cinema, music store, farmers’ market, and dozens of restaurants and boutiques are a five-minute walk from the campus.

Portland Head Light

The Maine Coast

Coastal Maine is striking not just for its beauty, but also for the rich array of academic & recreational opportunities along the rocky coast.  Maine has almost 3500 miles of coastline containing lighthouses, beaches, fishing villages, and thousands of offshore islands. 

Portland Maine

The City of Portland

25 minutes to the south of Bowdoin is Maine's largest city, Portland.  Portland is a thriving medium-size city filled with galleries, boutiques and shops, and nationally recognized restaurants.

Sugarloaf USA

The Maine Mountains

Bowdoin is tucked away between the mountains and the coast.  Maine's mountains offer thousands of acres of wilderness along with world-class skiing at Sugarloaf and Sunday River, the second largest ski resort in the Northeast.