Dear Bowdoin Students,
The 2019-2020 Bowdoin College Student Handbook is web-based. I hope you’ll find the information within accessible and useful. I encourage you to take some time at the beginning of the year to familiarize yourself with the information this Handbook contains. This is important for all students as some policies have changed since last year.
The Handbook is your key reference to the policies, procedures, and governance structure of the College. It is your responsibility to be familiar with College policies published within this Student Handbook and the Bowdoin College Catalogue and Academic Handbook and for abiding by the rules and regulations described. As a web-based Student Handbook, this is a dynamic document with links to various College departments, resources, programs, and services. Some information may change over the course of the year as departments and programs update their sites. The Handbook is a resource that exists to assist you in planning, navigating, and—importantly—contributing to the life of the College. As is described in the section on College Governance, students are full members of virtually all faculty, College, and trustee committees, and those committees develop the policies of the College. Bowdoin has an unusually high level of student representation at all levels of governance, and the opportunity to serve and participate can be powerfully educational and meaningful.
Whether you are new to Bowdoin or a returning upperclass student, please reflect on what you wish to accomplish this year, both within and beyond the classroom. You may never again find yourself at a time or place in your life that offers such a wonderful opportunity for growth. I hope that you use your time here to establish a personal standard of intellectual engagement, community involvement and leadership, rich and diverse friendships, and the enjoyment of “generous enthusiasms” that you will sustain and build upon throughout your life.
My colleagues and I wish you every success at Bowdoin and stand by to support and to challenge you as you take full advantage of this extraordinary place.
Best wishes for a successful year!
Janet K. Lohmann
Senior Vice President and Dean for Student Affairs