Bowdoin is a small liberal arts college located within 2 ½ hours driving distance from Boston. With 33 academic departments, a flexible curriculum and plenty of opportunities for research, fieldwork, and internships, a Bowdoin education is highly tailored to your interests. Students’ academic and social experiences at Bowdoin are tied very closely to the common good, a guiding principle of service at the college. The McKeen Center for the Common Good provides opportunities for students to discover ways in which their talents and interests can be used for the benefit of society through public engagement.
Beyond the classroom, you will find students immersed in in sports, residential life, and leadership in more than 100 student-run organizations. With its coastal location, students also find themselves spending time outdoors. The Outing Club encourages you to enjoy the beauty of Maine through activities ranging from biking to canoeing to whitewater paddling.
Did you know that Bowdoin is focused on reducing its impact on the environment with a commitment to become carbon-neutral by 2020? Did you also know that there is a Craft Center on campus that has pottery, glass, and fabric studios accessible 24/7? Famous alumni include Reed Hastings ’83, Founder and CEO of Netflix; Nathaniel Hawthorne, Class of 1825, American novelist and short story writer; and Franklin Pierce, Class of 1824, the 14th President of the U.S.