At the McKeen Center, Bowdoin students discover ways in which their talents, passions and academic pursuits can be used for the benefit of society through public engagement.

What does it mean to work in service of the common good? How can individuals improve the well-being of society?

The McKeen Center, named for Bowdoin president Joseph McKeen, provides students with opportunities to contribute to the world around us through creative and artistic work, discussion and dialogue, public service, volunteering, and reflective engagement in coursework and fellowships.

Watch: Reflecting on Ten Years of the McKeen Center



Hours of service to the local, state, national, and international communities each year.
Dollars distributed via the Common Good Grant program, to 150+ non-profit organizations in the community since 2001.
Student-led service organizations, addressing community needs that range from fighting hunger to mentoring in local schools.