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.Using our custom trip planner, Brunswick attractions like Bowdoin College can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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 (47.75 ha) coastal studies center on Orr's Island and a 200-acre (81 ha) scientific field station on Kent Island in the Bay of Fundy.
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We spent an afternoon at Bowdoin College. The art museum had several interesting exhibits and older paintings in its permanent collection, although some of the famous artists in the collection were...
We spent an afternoon at Bowdoin College. The art museum had several interesting exhibits and older paintings in its permanent collection, although some of the famous artists in the collection were... more »
Jim-great rehash of an article proven mostly false. As an alum, I can attest to both American History and American Literature featuring prominently at Bowdoin. Bowdoin is a fantastic school that provides fantastic opportunities to its students. Clubs, activities, and programs are numerous and complement well the rigorous academics.
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.
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