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Overview – General Information

Bowdoin is an independent, nonsectarian, coeducational, residential, undergraduate, liberal arts college located in Brunswick, Maine, a town of approximately 22,000 situated close to the Maine coast, 25 miles from Portland and about 120 miles from Boston.

Terms and Vacations: The College holds two sessions each year. The dates of the semesters and the vacation periods are indicated in the College Calendar.

Accreditation: Bowdoin College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Enrollment: The student body numbers 1,792 students (50 percent male, 50 percent female; last two classes 50/50 and 51/49 percent); about 245 students study away one or both semesters annually; 93 percent complete the degree within five years.

Faculty: Student/faculty ratio 9:1; the equivalent of 199 full-time faculty in residence, 98 percent with Ph.D. or equivalent; 23 head athletic coaches.

Geographic Distribution of Students: New England, 37.7 percent; Middle Atlantic states, 23.5 percent; Midwest, 8.6 percent; West, 12.8 percent; Southwest, 3.1 percent; South, 7.9 percent; international, 6.4 percent. Forty-seven states, the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, and thirty-four countries are represented. Minority and international enrollment is 35 percent.

Statistics: As of June 2014, 38,416 students have matriculated at Bowdoin College, and 30,199 degrees in academic programs have been awarded. In addition, earned master’s degrees have been awarded to 274 postgraduate students. Living alumni/ae include 19,580 graduates, 2,179 non-graduates, 125 honorary degree holders (34 alumni/ae, 91 non-alumni/ae), twenty-one recipients of the Certificate of Honor, and 224 graduates in the specific postgraduate program.

Offices and Office Hours: The Admissions Office is located in Burton-Little House. The offices of the President and Dean for Academic Affairs are located in Hawthorne-Longfellow Hall, the west end of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library. The Treasurer’s Office is located in Ham House on Bath Road. The Controller’s Office and the Human Resources Office are temporarily located on the second floor of the Brunswick Station visitor center at 16 Station Avenue and will be relocated to 216 Maine Street in December 2014. The Development and Alumni Relations offices are located at 83 and 85 Federal Street and in Copeland House. The offices of the Registrar, the Dean of Student Affairs, and Bowdoin Career Planning are in the Moulton Union. The Counseling Service is at 32 College Street. The Department of Facilities Management and the Office of Safety and Security are in Rhodes Hall.

In general, the administrative offices of the College are open from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Telephone Switchboard: Bowdoin College uses an automated call processing system on its main number, 207-725-3000. A live operator can be reached twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week, by pressing “0.” Further information about telephone numbers can be found at bowdoin.edu/directory/.

Bowdoin College Website: bowdoin.edu. The online Bowdoin College Catalogue can be found at bowdoin.edu/catalogue/.


Online Catalogue content is current as of August 1, 2014. For most current course information, use the online course finder. Also see Addenda.