Welcome to Bowdoin. We are so excited to welcome you Class of 2025 and incoming transfer students! Check this page regularly as we will update it throughout the summer.
Arrival Day for the Class of 2025 is Tuesday, August 24th, 2021. You will be invited to sign-up for an Arrival Day timeslot later in the summer.
Important information for Class of 2025 Orientation
- Orientation programs start in the afternoon of August 24th.
Students will leave for their pre-orientation trip early the next morning.
- Orientation ends in the evening of August 31st.
Students will have some down time in between programs and late at night on each day.
- International Students Orientation will take place from August 22nd to August 23rd.
International students are allowed to arrive as early as August 21st 5:00p.m.
Before You Arrive
1. Find your Bowdoin username and password.
In May, you were sent your Bowdoin username and a temporary password to the account you provided during the application process. Use this to log in to many of Bowdoin's online tools including email and Blackboard.
2. We will communicate with you via your Bowdoin email and class instagram account.
Check your Bowdoin email regularly. Your interaction with the school will take place through your Bowdoin email from now on. Follow us on Instagram at Bowdoin2025. Orientation interns will be updating the page frequently throughout the summer.
3. Important documents and orientation information.
Important Due Dates
- June 2nd:
- Pre-major Academic Advising Survey
- June 4th:
- Academic Interest Form
- Mathematical Background Questionnaire and Mathematics Department Placement Questionnaire
- Office of Communications Student Release Form
- ID Photo Preference Form
- Upload Your ID Photo
- Parent/Guardian Information Form
- Faith Tradition Survey (optional)
- Request for Accommodations for Students with Disabilities (optional)
- June 14th:
- First Year Housing Form
- Orientation Trip Preference Form
- June 16th:
- Health History, Medical Evaluation & Immunization Record
- MyStudentBody online courses
- June 25th:
- Placement Exams
Frequently Asked Questions
A quick reference for some of the most common questions incoming students have.
Arrival day for the Class of 2025 is Tuesday, August 24th.
More information about the arrival day schedule is to come.
For directions and general information, you'll find help Traveling to Campus here. We are monitoring each of the resources on the list to make sure we are knowledgeable about what is no longer an option due to the virus.
Students are not allowed in the dorms before Arrival Day. If you arrive in Brunswick before arrival day you can stay in one of the several accommodation options listed below.
There are multiple hotels, motels, and bed & breakfasts in Brunswick and the mid-coast region. View some of the local accommodations.
Yes! International students will have an opportunity to gather with each other and form close relationships that will continue throughout their experience at Bowdoin. This year, international students from both Class of 2025 and Class of 2024 will be invited to the International Students Orientation.
The International Student Orientation program will take place on August 22st and August 23rd. International Students' earliest arrival time is 5:00p.m. on August 21st.
Further details and invitations will be sent out later. For any questions, please email email@example.com
Bowdoin Class of 2025 Orientation programs start in the afternoon of August 24th.
We are planning a great program for you! Orientation schedules will be provided to you once more details are solidified.
Three services—United Parcel Service, Federal Express, and the United States Postal Service—are available for shipping belongings to campus. The address you must use is:Student NameBowdoin College###Smith UnionBrunswick, ME 04011
Your exact Smith Union address can be found in the "Contact" section on Polaris. Know that the earliest your package should arrive is August 21st. If it arrives earlier, the mail center will not accept it. All packages arriving after August 21st will be held until students pick them up.
Students and staff rave about the food at Bowdoin College! Princeton Review has ranked Bowdoin #1 in the country. In the Princeton Review "Best 361 Colleges" Bowdoin's Dining Service has consistently been ranked #1 or #2 in past years, garnering the top spot in 2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012, 2014, and 2015! Bowdoin's chefs use local ingredients whenever possible and the college tends its own organic garden near campus. Bowdoin also scored an 'A' on our sustainability practices based on environmental choices.
Students may eat in the Moulton Union and Thorne Dining Halls. First-Year students are required to have a full Meal Plan, providing 19 meals per week in addition to "Polar Points." Students also may use "Polar Points" at Jack Magee's grill, which provides short-order food. Bowdoin's Cafe and on-campus Convenience Store are two other venues where food, beverages, and necessities can be purchased. In downtown Brunswick there are a variety of reasonably-priced, quality dining establishments, including Chinese, Indian, Italian, Mexican, Thai, seafood, pizza, and fast food. Some of the tastiest food establishments downtown Brunswick accept Bowdoin OneCard as well!
For other groceries, Hannafords, our local super-market, is a 5-minute walk from campus, and Morning Glory, a natural food market, is a 10 minute walk down Maine Street.
Within Brunswick, students may shop at Walmart, T.J. Maxx, and Staples. Within a 10 minute walk of campus, there are a variety of boutiques, consignment shops, gear shops, and thrift shops.
Target, Bed Bath and Beyond, Reny's, among other stores, are in the neighboring town of Topsham, which is a short drive from campus. Topsham is a great place for all of your dorm needs.
For more extensive shopping, Freeport is a 15 minute drive from Bowdoin. Freeport is home to the L.L. Bean Flagship Store and Outlet along with many other outlets such as J. Crew, North Face, Patagonia, and Banana Republic.
The Maine Mall is a 30 minute drive from Bowdoin, located in South Portland.
Also, online shopping is always a great option. Remember, Amazon.com Prime and other online stores offer student memberships.
What you may bring:
- Twin XL size bedding
- Sheets, pillows, pillow cases, blankets, etc.
- Chargers for all electric products
- Academic materials
- Pencils and pens
- Masks, gloves, and other protective/sanitary needs
- Semi-formal clothing
- Anticipate cold weather in November (think layers)
- Personal medicine
- Toothbrush, toothpaste, hair products, shower products, towel, shower shoes, etc.
- Bathroom tote to bring your toiletries back and forth to the bathroom
- Laundry materials
- Basket/bag and detergent
- Do not bring quarters for laundry, you will use your OneCard to pay for laundry
- Athletic gear
- Room Décor
What you might bring, but won’t need:
- Gaming systems
- Extension Cords
- No larger than 4 cubic feet
- You can rent from universitylogistics.com
- Drying rack
- All buildings have a broom in the laundry room or trash room that students can use for their personal room
- Napkins or Paper towels
What you should not bring:
- Trash cans or trash bags
- Each room has a trash can
- Trash bags are found in the trash room of each building
- Including fish
First-Year students are not permitted to have cars on campus.
Bowdoin has partnered with Zipcar, North America's largest car-sharing service, to offer a cost-effective and environmentally friendly alternative to the challenges of having a car on campus. A special website allows members of the Bowdoin community and residents of the Town of Brunswick to join the Zipcar program.
Bowdoin also has a student-run program called the Yellow Bike Club (YBC) which, for a small fee, provides a key to all "Yellow Bikes" on campus.
Bowdoin has a mailing center where students can send or receive mail and packages. In the future you will receive a letter from the Mail Center on campus with information about your mailing address.
Yes, the college provides a high speed network that is accessible in dorms, public areas and libraries. Wireless access points are available across almost all locations on campus. Each student is assigned an email account. This email account will be provided in your May informational packet. First-Year students should already have accessed their email accounts early in the summer prior to their arrival and check them everyday for valuable and timely information. This is the main way we communicate with students who we then expect to relay that information to parents and guardians as necessary.
If you have information technology questions before Orientation, you can consult Bowdoin's IT website.
Questions about student Health insurance can be directed to Cathy Hayes, the Student Health Insurance Coordinator, at (207) 798-4284. Bowdoin requires all students to be enrolled in a health insurance plan while attending the College. You may either choose to purchase Bowdoin's Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan or rely on your own coverage, if comparable. All students will be automatically enrolled in Bowdoin's plan and charged the plan's premium unless you go online to waive coverage. Details of the plan and instructions for waiving will be mailed to students. The deadline for waiving coverage in Bowdoin's Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan is TBD.
An optional 'Accident Only' Insurance Policy is also available to varsity athletes who have family health insurance. Please refer to the mailings you receive this summer for this option.
The College is not responsible for the loss of, theft of, or damage to personal property by fire or other causes. Students and families who wish to insure student belongings should consider insurance offered by Gallagher Koster.
There are several hair salons in Brunswick, including Pura Vida, Starz and The Looking Glass as well as the barber shop Kings and Queens on Maine Street. Mainely Hair is in Freeport, just south of Brunswick.
For products, there are local shops on Maine Street in Brunswick, Sally's Beauty Supply in the Topsham Fair Mall, not too far from the school, and several outlet stores in Freeport. Some students purchase beauty supplies online. Some good websites include www.hairsisters.com , a site for ordering hair supplies and hair extensions; and www.carolsdaughter.com has hair and body products.