Student Life

Athletic fields

The Division of Student Affairs has been working all summer to create exciting and engaging experiences for students beyond their academic coursework. These will include activities and events and help students build virtual communities through residential life, student activities, the Office of Career Exploration and Development (CXD), athletics, and the Office of Inclusion and Diversity. In addition, residential life staff will continue to build strong virtual communities throughout the fall. When the campus status is yellow, in-person programming and activities will be available, planned by professional staff and/or students. This in-person programming will take place outside in tents or inside in designated spaces. There will also be many opportunities for virtual programming, including lectures and other interactive programming.

Standard Health and Counseling Services

All offices that support student health and wellness will be providing services to students on and off campus. Students with specific questions should reach out directly to the appropriate office to discuss their needs and to develop a plan for how they can best access the appropriate services. Students who are new to Bowdoin will be introduced to these services in their first semester on campus.

Intercollegiate Athletics

Bowdoin will not be participating in fall and winter varsity sports during the fall semester, and the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) has canceled conference competition during the fall sports season. A decision regarding conference competition for winter and spring seasons will be made at a later date. The College anticipates providing opportunities for Bowdoin coaches to work with their student-athletes from each sport season during the fall semester, as NESCAC guidelines have been adjusted to provide greater flexibility with playing and practice seasons. Unfortunately, students not returning to campus for the fall semester will not be permitted to participate in individual or small group in-person workouts with our coaches. While there are many details to be finalized, the College is working on ways to provide a competitive athletic experience for fall, winter, and spring teams during the spring semester in accordance with federal, state, local, and institutional safety guidelines.

Club Sports and Intramurals

Club sports will follow similar guidelines as intercollegiate athletics. The Department of Athletics is working on a safe and robust intramural sports program. Their approach is governed by the following:

  • Support activity that allows for distancing and limited use of shared equipment

  • Support activity that does not require significant exertion

  • Support activity that requires limited ongoing oversight (self-completion and reporting)

  • When self-completion and reporting is not feasible, host single-day events centered around a singular activity (supervised)

  • Prioritize activity that can be completed outside, especially in the early part of the semester