Bowdoin College Visit Report by bclintonk

Visit to Bowdoin College in July 2008 by bclintonk
(Parent of Student, HS Class of 2010)
(Member since September 29 2020 with ? posts)

Visit Activities:


Information Session: Yes - Very laid back info session, not the usual fast-taking, statistics-laden hard sell. An offbeat approach but it effectively projects the school as hip, laid-back, quality but not hypercompetitive.

Campus Tour: Yes - The usual bricks-and-mortar basics with a few personal anecdotes thrown in. Nice facilities, pleasant setting, charming tour guide. It helped that we were there on a gorgeous day.


Campus:



Friendliness/Courtesy of Students:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent




Friendliness/Courtesy of Staff:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent




Appearance of Campus:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Gorgeous despite summer construction. Classic New England red brick buildings lining a charming tree-lined central quad.



Building/Facilities Maintenance/Cleanliness:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Clearly a lot of emphasis on new construction, rehab and maintenance. Residence halls all newly updated.



Dormitories:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Outstanding. Frosh get quads with central common room or doubles with separate common room, so there's always a separate place to stay up late while your roommate sleeps.



Security/Safety:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent




Overall Campus Impression:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Outstanding campus, and the Maine coast is just minutes away.


Off-Campus:



Area Immediately Around Campus:
4 - Very Good
4 - Very Good
Residential areas near campus are nice, and Bowdoin owns an impressive tract of old white pines immediately adjacent campus. Downtown is walking distance.



City/Town/Community:
5 - Excellent
5 - Excellent
Brunswick is not so very interesting but an adequate college town. Spectacular feature is the Maine coast, easily accessible from Brunswick.

Campus Visit Notes for Bowdoin College


Visit Description:

Bowdoin emphasizes quality academics in a collaborative, non-competitive setting. All first-rate, and who can argue when Longfellow and Nathanael Hawthorne were classmates in 1825, and Harriet Beecher Stowe penned portions of "Uncle Tom's Cabin" here while hubby was teaching at Bowdoin? A long and distinguished academic tradition, updated to a 21st century LAC. And it's not as far off the beaten path as you may think.

Hotel/Lodging Recommendations or Comments:

We stayed at the Parkwood Inn, about a 10-minute drive from campus. Clean, comfortable 3-star motor inn, breakfast included, would recommend.

Dining/Restaurant Recommendations or Comments:

Don't miss Cook's Lobster House on Bailey's Island; Bowdoin admissions can give you pre-printed directions. Fresh Maine lobster in gorgeous coastal setting. Vegan D loved Bombay Masa

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

Don't miss the coast: rocky inlets, piner-studded shores. To die for.