Bowdoin College Visit Report by jackson17

Visit to Bowdoin College in July 2006 by jackson17
(Student, HS Class of 2007)
(Member since October 25 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Admissions Interview: Yes - I had a very nice and enthusiastic student interview who kept describing Bowdoin as "awesome."

Information Session: No - Didn't have time...

Campus Tour: No - We didn't have an official one, but we walked around a bit and saw a beautiful, well-maintained campus.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
I saw two students, but they were both warm and enthusiastic.



Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
The receptionists in the admissions office and the librarian were nice and welcoming.



Appearance of Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
There was some construction going on, but the campus overall is a beautiful, typical NE campus.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Everything was spotless and well-maintained.



Dormitories:
3 - Good
3 - Good
Didn't see many, but from the outside they looked like typical college dorms.



Security/Safety:
3 - Good
3 - Good
I'm not sure if Bowdoin uses the blue light system, but it seemed to be a safe, comfortable campus.



Overall Campus Impression:
3 - Good
3 - Good
Most of the prospective students were preppy and upper class, so I wonder if most admitted students are that way.


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Brunswick seems like a nice little town. The campus is just a block or two away from the main area, but feels personal anyway.



City/Town/Community:
3 - Good
3 - Good
The town has the usual restaurants and Portland is only an hour away. My interviewer raved about it.

Campus Visit Notes for Bowdoin College


Visit Description:

I was only there for a short time with my grandmother, so walking was somewhat limited. Overall, I liked Bowdoin and the surrounding area. It's close to the water and has a lot of outdoor programs, which I found intriguing. I also liked the idea of Portland being so close, which apparently has great restaurants, shopping, and entertainment. My interviewer was a double major in government (top-ranked LAC government program in the nation) and visual arts and could not stop raving about Bowdoin. She was nice to set me up with the e-mail address of a friend she thought I might like to talk to, which reflected the general friendliness everyone seemed to show. The campus is very New England and apparently gets COVERED in snow every winter, but I guess that would be true for most colleges in the area. The only thing I might worry about is the lack of diversity, because most prospective students seemed to be white and upper class. I only got to see two actual students, so I could be wrong about that. My interviewer was from Ohio, which makes it seem like Bowdoin is up with regional diversity at least.

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

We just drove through and didn't stop, sorry.

Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:

Same as above

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

The ocean is near and parking near the admissions office was fine early. It got crowded later.