Bowdoin at a Glance
So, you're making a list. Let's cover the basics of what you need to know about Bowdoin College.
Bowdoin (rhymes with explodin') is a private, selective, liberal arts college, founded and endowed to benefit the common good. Our historic residential campus, located in Brunswick, Maine, is home to just over 1,800 students from all over the world.
Academic life at Bowdoin spans thirty-three departments, and is cooperative, not competitive: so we tend to attract students who like brainstorming with faculty, working in teams, and welcoming big, new, difficult questions.
We value kindness, diversity, creativity, and hard work. Your admission to Bowdoin places you in a global network of people who live their lives with intellectual fearlessness: people who seek out new perspectives, appreciate beauty, demand truth, and root for each other, forever.
Most Popular Majors
- Earth and Oceanographic Science
- Environmental Studies
- Government and Legal Studies
Graduate schools enrolling the largest number of Bowdoin alumni:
- Harvard University
- Columbia University
- Boston University
- University of Pennsylvania
- Dartmouth College
- Founded: 1794
- Location: Brunswick, Maine
- Degree Awarded: Bachelor of Arts
- Student population: 1,805
- Faculty (full-time equivalent): 189
- Student-to-faculty ratio: 9:1
- Number of majors: 40+
- SAT: Optional
- Student Aid: No loans (all grants)
- President: Clayton S. Rose
- Tax Status: Not-for-profit
- Mascot: Polar Bear
Frequent employers of Bowdoin graduates:
- Dana Farber Cancer Institute
- Deloitte Consulting
- Massachusetts General Hospital
- Teach for America
- US Government, including the State Department and the Department of Energy