Bowdoin College Visit Report by Emily0729

Visit to Bowdoin College in October 2009 by Emily0729
(Student, HS Class of 2010)
(Member since October 30 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Admissions Interview: Yes - I had an interview with an alumni, which went very well. He was welcoming and informative while also being easy to talk to.

Information Session: Yes - I didn't love the way it was set up--first there was time for questions, then we listened to the director talk about the admissions process. A little choppy but still informative.

Campus Tour: Yes - Our tour guide was excellent. He knew his material well and I got a great sense of tight-knight community that is Bowdoin. He seemed to know lots of people and everyone we passed was very friendly.

Classroom Visit: Yes - I sat in on a French class (I highly recommend sitting in on a class in a subject you want to pursue) and it was pretty nice. Rooms were equipped with macbooks, projectors, and chalkboards.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Everyone was extremely nice! Students were more than willing to answer questions when asked and always volunteered information.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Overall, very good. Best of any college I've seen (20+ different schools)



Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
GORGEOUS! You can even see the ocean from the top of Coles Tower!



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Everything seemed modern and nothing was broken.



Dormitories:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Interesting set-up of rooms--typically quads (two bedrooms with two people in each, plus a common room). Other campus housing was nice. Bathrooms were clean



Security/Safety:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
The students raved about campus security--they're really there to keep everyone safe.



Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
I loved it! I got to campus and knew that I wanted to apply Early Decision, even though I hadn't considered it before.


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
The Perfect College Town! A few nice consignment shops, a gelato store, healthfood store, Indian and other ethnic food, seafood, hair salons, and a very cute little coffee shop!



City/Town/Community:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
I can't even express how wonderful the campus is and what a great visit I had!

Campus Visit Notes for Bowdoin College


Visit Description:

After I sat in on a French class, I met with the professor. She was more than happy to sit down and talk with me about the French and Romance Languages programs, the study abroad options, and the specific classes that she taught. It made me feel like the professors really care about the students and want to make everyone feel welcome. All of the students I talked to (at least 15) were thrilled with Bowdoin and are very happy they chose to come.

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

Stay somewhere close to campus--it's sort of hard to navigate around Brunswick late at night if you don't know where you're going.

Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:

Anywhere on the main strip right off of the campus.

Other Comments (Transportation, local attractions, parking, etc.):

Make sure you see the ocean--it's only 2.5 miles from campus and it's beautiful!