Economic Impact

BrunswickFor over 200 years, Bowdoin College's cultural, educational, and economic contributions to Brunswick, Greater Midcoast Region, and the State of Maine have been important drivers of stable employment and investment in local businesses. The College has also made—and continues to make—significant financial contributions to local non-profits and municipalities.

This year, Bowdoin is the 25th largest private employer in Maine. The College has contributed over $48 million in salaries to Brunswick area residents, more than $25 million in purchases from Maine vendors (of which $3.5 million were spent in Brunswick), and attracted thousands of visitors to the Midcoast area.

The collection of data below may be used as a reference to document Bowdoin's ongoing economic impact and contributions.  Download a PDF of this information.

Unless otherwise noted, the source of all data is Bowdoin College.

Employment

Bowdoin College Total Employment

  • 208 Faculty (Full Time Equivalent)
  • 358 Administrators (Full Time Equivalent)
  • 365 Support Staff (Full Time Equivalent)
  • 931 Employees (Full Time Equivalent)

(As of September 2016)

Employment Rank of Bowdoin College in Maine

25th Largest Private Employer in Maine

(As of 4th Quarter 2016. Source: Maine Dept. of Labor, Center for Workforce Research)

Ten Largest Private Employers In Cumberland County

  1. MaineHealth
  2. L.L. Bean, Inc.
  3. Unum Provident
  4. Hannaford Bros. Co.
  5. Mercy Hospital
  6. Mid Coast Hospital
  7. Walmart/Sam's Club
  8. TD Bank NA
  9. Bowdoin College
  10. IDEXX Laboratories, Inc.

(As of 1st Quarter 2016. Source: Maine Dept. of Labor, Center for Workforce Research)

Bowdoin College Total Payroll

$73.5 Million

(Year Ending June 30, 2016)

Bowdoin College Salaries Paid to Area Residents*

$51.4 Million

(Year Ending June 30, 2016)

* includes Bath, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Brunswick, Freeport, Georgetown, Harpswell, Phippsburg, Topsham, and West Bath.

Bowdoin College Salaries Paid to Brunswick Residents

$35.4 Million

(Year Ending June 30, 2016)

Taxes, Fees, and Municipal Contributions

Largest Tax Payers in Brunswick

  1. Affordable Midcoast Housing, LLC
  2. Bath Iron Works Corp.
  3. Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority
  4. BIF II US Renewable, LLC
  5. Developers Diversified Cooks Corner, LP
  6. Central Maine Power Company
  7. Wal-Mart Stores
  8. Thornton Oaks Homeowners Assn. Corp.
  9. W/S Brunswick Properties, LP
  10. Maine Natural Gas
  11. Bowdoin College

(Year Ending June 30, 2016. Source: Town of Brunswick Tax Assessor)

Property Taxes Paid by Bowdoin College

$226,899

(Year Ending June 30, 2016)

Fees Paid by Bowdoin College to the Town of Brunswick

  • $5,209 Tipping Fees (Refuse, dump fees)
  • $4,783 License Fees, Vehicle License Fees and Permit Fees
  • $4,191 Fire/Police/Rescue Details, Alarms & Related Fees

$14,183 Total Fees Paid

(Year Ending June 30, 2016)

State Income Taxes Collected by Bowdoin College

$3.23 Million

(Year Ending June 30, 2016)

Charitable and Other Contributions

Community Investment

Goods and Services* Purchased by Bowdoin College from Brunswick Vendors

$4.9 Million

(Year Ending June 30, 2016)
*includes payments to contractors

Goods and Services* Purchased by Bowdoin College from Area** Vendors

$7.97 Million

(Year Ending June 30, 2016)
*includes payments to contractors
**Includes vendors located in Bath, Bowdoin, Bowdoinham, Brunswick, Freeport, Georgetown, Harpswell, Phippsburg, Topsham and West Bath.

Goods and Services* Purchased by Bowdoin College from Maine Vendors

$24.8 Million

(Year Ending June 30, 2016)
*includes payments to contractors

Number of Prospective Students Who Visited Campus

7,540 Prospective Students

(Year Ending June 30, 2016)

Estimated Annual Number of Visitors to Midcoast Maine for Select Bowdoin Ceremonies and Events

  • Baccalaureate 2,300
  • Commencement 3,400
  • Homecoming and Reunion Weekends 3,326
  • Family Weekend 1,465

Number of Annual Visitors to the Bowdoin College Museum of Art

36,996 Visitors

(Year Ending June 30, 2016)

Community Service and Volunteerism

Estimated Number of Volunteer Positions Filled by Bowdoin College Students

2,158 Service Positions

(Several positions may be filled by a single student, Academic Year 2015-2016)

Estimated Total Number of Volunteer Hours Contributed by Bowdoin College Students

56,000 Total Hours of Service

(Academic Year 2015-2016)

Maine Students at Bowdoin College