Welcome Parents

Dean Tim Foster
Dean Tim Foster

Dear parents and guardians,

Welcome to the Bowdoin community. This website is designed to answer questions you may have about the College, and to provide useful information on the greater Brunswick community. You will find overviews of the academic program and campus life, programs of special interest to parents, as well as a list of relevant services in the area. The College calendar will keep you abreast of other major events and vacation schedules throughout the year. I hope you will find it a useful resource.

We are very happy to have your son or daughter (or maybe both!) at the College, and we also look forward to getting to know you. Stay in touch with what’s happening on campus by subscribing to The Bowdoin Orient, the weekly student newspaper, and check your email inbox beginning in late September for Bowdoin News, a monthly digest of compelling stories, photography, and videos. The best way to stay up to date with day-to-day campus news is to follow Bowdoin’s Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram pages.

I do hope you will also be able to visit campus. If you live nearby, you have the opportunity to watch your daughter or son perform on the stage or on the field. I know that many parents enjoy following the Polar Bears on the road, and a good number of games are now broadcast on the web. And of course Family Weekend is a wonderful tradition that occurs every fall.

Your daughter's or son's Bowdoin experience will move quickly. These can be exciting and anxious times for parents. Please be assured that my colleagues and I stand ready to support and challenge your sons and daughters as they learn and explore new areas of interest. We would like these to be among “the best four years" of their lives!

I wish you and your Bowdoin student a successful and gratifying year ahead.

Best regards,
Tim Foster
Dean of Student Affairs