Bowdoin Community Host Program


We invite you to have a Community Host at Bowdoin

The Community Host Program at Bowdoin aims to create a home away from home for students of all class years and from as far as Nepal to as near as New Hampshire. The program can help ease the transition to college life for new students, meangingfully connect students and community members, and offer international students and teaching fellows a view of American life and culture. Although international students have priority, the program is open to any Bowdoin student when host families are available.

During the 2014-15 academic year, over 250 students were paired with more than 179 hosts in the greater Brunswick area. The individual relationships between hosts and students involve social get-togethers, outings, meals, phone calls, and companionship. Many students and their community hosts have become life-long friends. Students remain on campus and do not live with host families.

Read what Community Host program participants have to say about the program.

The Community Host Program sponsors six formal programs each year, organized by the Community Host Steering Committee:

  • Welcome Dessert Reception
  • Fall Picnic at the Brunswick coastline
  • Family Weekend reception
  • Massive pot-luck supper
  • Catered, buffet dinner in February
  • "Invite-Your-Host-To-Dine Week" in the dining halls

The Steering Committee consists of several participating community hosts and Bowdoin staff and is chaired by Margo and David Knight. The committee arranges the matches between the families and students/teaching fellows from the applications and participates in the events mentioned above. Students who get in touch with us early can be matched with their hosts so that they are able to correspond with them before they arrive at Bowdoin.

Program Name Change

In the spring of 2015, with the approval of the The Office of the Dean of Student Affairs, The Association of Bowdoin Friends, and the Steering Committee, the name of the program was officially changed from "The Bowdoin College Host Family Program" to the "Bowdoin Community Host Program".  We are excited to have a program name that more accurately reflects the inclusive and welcoming nature of this group.  We hope this program continues to attract a variety of individuals, couples, and families of all backgrounds throughout Mid-Coast Maine.

Watch Sarah Wood '14 interview with NBC affiliate WCSH about the Community Host Program.

If you would like to participate in the Community Host Program or have questions about it, please contact Administrative Assistant Kathleen King by email,, by phone (207) 725-3879 or Assistant Dean of First-Year Students Khoa Khuong by email, , by phone (207) 798-7026 or write him at:

Bowdoin Community Host Program
Office of the Dean of Student Affairs
Bowdoin College
4600 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011-8437

A warm welcome to Bowdoin, to Brunswick and to the State of Maine!