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, twenty-five 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 1,814 students (50 percent men, 50 percent women; last two classes 50/50 percent); about 287 students study away one or both semesters annually; 94 percent complete the degree within five years.

Faculty: Student/faculty ratio 9:1; the equivalent of 205 full-time faculty in residence, 99 percent with PhD or equivalent; twenty-two head athletic coaches.

Geographic Distribution of Students: New England, 37.9 percent; Middle Atlantic states,
22.9 percent; Midwest, 7.7 percent; West, 13.7 percent; Southwest, 3.4 percent; South, 8.3 percent; international, 6.0 percent. Forty-six states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands, and thirty-five foreign countries are represented. Minority and international enrollment is 37 percent.

Statistics: As of June 2018, 40,430 students have matriculated at Bowdoin College, and 32,094 degrees in academic programs have been awarded. In addition, earned master’s degrees have been awarded to 274 postgraduate students. Living alumni include 20,359 graduates, 2,200 non-graduates, and 126 honorary degree holders (32 alumni, 94 non-alumni).

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 the west side of Hawthorne-Longfellow Library. The Treasurer’s Office is located at 82 Federal Street. The Controller’s Office and the Human Resources Office are located at 216 Maine Street. The Development and Alumni Relations offices are located at 83 and 85 Federal Street and in Copeland House. The Office of the Registrar is located in Jewett Hall. The Dean of Student Affairs and Bowdoin Career Planning are in the Moulton Union. The Counseling Service is located 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 electronic version of Bowdoin College’s Academic Handbook can be found at bowdoin.edu/academic-handbook.