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Bowdoin College, Brunswick

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Educational Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Bowdoin College ( (listen) BOH-din) is a private liberal arts college in Brunswick, Maine. At the time Bowdoin was chartered, in 1794, Maine was still a part of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The college offers 34 majors and 36 minors, as well as several joint engineering programs with Columbia, Caltech, Dartmouth College, and the University of Maine.
The college was a founding member of its athletic conference, the New England Small College Athletic Conference, and the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin Consortium, an athletic conference and inter-library exchange with Bates and Colby College. Bowdoin has over 30 varsity teams and the school mascot was selected as a polar bear in 1913 to honor Robert Peary, a Bowdoin alumnus who led the first successful expedition to the North Pole. Between the years 1821 and 1921, Bowdoin operated a medical school called the Medical School of Maine.
The main Bowdoin campus is located near Casco Bay and the Androscoggin River. In addition to its Brunswick campus, Bowdoin also owns a 118-acre coastal studies center on Orr's Island and a 200-acre scientific field station on Kent Island in the Bay of Fundy.
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  • Stopped by on a Sunday Morning and wandered across the old, Ivy league feeling campus. Almost every student smiled and said hi - so we felt welcomed and at home - even though we don't "go" here. We...  more »
  • We visited the art museum here on Maine Street, but afterwards treated ourselves to a walking tour of this beautiful campus. There are magnificent buildings from many different eras of the...  more »
  • Great place! I recommend seeing both museums- free admission. If you want you can go study at the library - I recommend the 6th floor of the old library. Accessible and friendly campus.
  • Nice campus. Walked around the campus on a Sunday afternoon. Buildings appear to be be locked as I saw students using a badge/fob to open the doors.

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