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Bowdoin College Campus Life

Campus Size

Small Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 7 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

51% Women
49% Men


NCAA Division III (with football)

New England Small College Ath Conf

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $63,703)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $56,102)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 68 53 - -
Baseball 34 - - -
Basketball 12 12 - Yes
Field Hockey - 20 - -
Football 71 - - -
Golf 17 8 - -
Ice Hockey 41 23 - Yes
Lacrosse 43 26 - -
Other Sports - 39 - -
Skiing 10 7 - -
Soccer 28 27 - Yes
Softball - 15 - Yes
Squash 13 13 - Yes
Swimming and Diving 23 29 - -
Tennis 14 7 - Yes
Volleyball - 15 Yes -
Court Sports - - - Yes
Rowing - - Yes -
Rugby - - Yes -
Water Polo - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 11.5%
Black/non-Hispanic 6.3%
Hispanic 10.1%
Non-resident alien 3.3%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 1.5%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 66.8%
Percent of students with disability 6%

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, maximum 19 meals per week.

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
  • International Student Organization
  • Student Government

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 0
Liquor Law Violation 12
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 7
Property Crime 6

Notable Alumni

  • Franklin Pierce [Class of 1824], 14th president of the United States of America.
  • Henry Wadsworth Longfellow [Class of 1825], literary figure in 19th-century America.
  • Joan Benoit Samuelson [Class of 1979], Won gold medal in the first women's Olympic marathon, held in Los Angeles in 1984.
  • John Brown Russwurm [Class of 1826], The third black man to graduate from an American college. Co-founder of the country's first black newspaper.
  • Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain [Class of 1852], Colonel who defended Little Round Top at the Battle of Gettysburg, later receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor. Served four terms as governor of Maine.
  • Nathaniel Hawthorne [Class of 1825], Author of "Fanshawe," "The Scarlet Letter," and "The House of Seven Gables."
  • Oliver Otis Howard [Class of 1850], Civil War hero and founder of Howard University.
  • Reed Hastings [Class of 1983], Founder of Netflix.
  • Robert E. Peary [Class of 1877], Reached the North Pole in 1909. Peary returned to the United States a national hero and was promoted to the rank of rear admiral.
  • William S. Cohen [Class of 1962], Served as U.S. senator from Maine before becoming secretary of defense for President Bill Clinton.
Reviews Dorm Life


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Taylor from Baltimore, MD
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Food is absolutely to die for. Never worry about having the same thing twice because the menu is always different and always amazing. A lot of the food is organic and they have food dishes for all needs. Vegetarian, gluten free, no eggs, or seafood and dishes for all the people that want all that stuff. The food in the town is almost better. Little Tokyo has the best sushi every. Gelato Fiasco has nationally and internationally recognized gelato that is said to be the best and you would be surprised to find a celebrity or two there at night when few people are there having a taste.

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  • 5
  • Anonymous
  • I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    Rated #1 for healthiest campus!

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  • 5
  • AM New York, NY
  • I am a current student here

    Constantly, top ranked for dining. I believe that the food is good but the dining staff are great.

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  • 5
  • KT
  • I am a current student here

    #1 in the country! And for a reason, too. The meals are wonderful and there are always healthy options. Dining service tries to accommodate everyone and tries incorporating local food into the menu. Gluten free and vegan meals are always available.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • KT
  • I am a current student here

    There is no Greek life. Instead, there are co-ed social houses that host events and parties.

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  • 0
  • Samuel from South China, ME
  • I am a current student here

    Instead of fraternities we have social houses which replaced the frats a couple decades ago. They frequently host parties and events.

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