Students at Bowdoin College in Maine say their school's cafeteria food is truly exceptional.
We tallied this list based on the responses of 122,000 students at 377 colleges to our survey question, “How do you rate the food on campus?”
To find out what students at Bowdoin have to say about their school’s academics, social life, and student body, read below!
Bowdoin students lavish praise on their prestigious small school, celebrating the “range and rigor” of the academic programs, the beautiful Maine setting, and the “vibrant group of faculty and students.” They even love the cafeteria food! A classic liberal arts school, the academic curriculum at Bowdoin is “very challenging, discussion-oriented, and [it] demands creativity from the students.” Despite the school’s small size, you’ll find a “varied and interesting course selection” within its more than thirty-five major and minor programs. In addition, students “have the ability to self-design classes and majors” and to participate in “some of the best undergraduate research opportunities liberal arts schools have to offer.” According to their adoring students, Bowdoin professors are “extremely intelligent, well-spoken, and effective teachers,” who are also “very enthusiastic about their work and welcome students to chat or ask questions one-on-one.” At Bowdoin, “Professors put their students first and always make time to meet, whether to talk about a paper, or for coffee, or both.” “Academics are highly rigorous,” and major programs are typified by “challenging courses with professors who expect a high level of work.” Fortunately, the “environment is very laid- back,” and students are usually “competitive with themselves but not competitive with others.” A current senior adds, “Academically, Bowdoin is very challenging, but I’ve loved having to put in my best effort to do well. It’s good to be challenged!” Throughout the faculty and administration, “student opinions are highly valued and sought out.” The school’s popular president “invests a significant amount of time in us, the students,” and “The first-year deans...make it a point to meet with each first-year student one-on-one, preferably in the first semester.”
College life is incredibly comfortable for Bowdoin undergraduates. On this pretty Maine campus, “freshmen dorms are very luxurious,” and “facilities are great, including new athletic fields and [a] new fitness center.” Cafeteria food gets rave reviews, and the dining services department is “excellent about listening to student opinions and promoting sustainability.” A senior admits, “I will probably never eat this well again in my life.” While there aren’t any fraternities and sororities at Bowdoin, “There are social houses, where many sophomores, juniors, and (some) seniors live. These former Greek houses put on multiple events each week, from themed parties with several kegs, to coffee houses, movies, and discussions with professors.” “Work hard, play hard” is a popular mantra on campus, and “There are always multiple parties going on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights.” Alternately, “Getting outside and exploring Maine is very popular with our outdoorsy student body.” In surrounding Brunswick, students enjoy “amazing restaurants and coffee shops on and around Maine Street.” In addition, “Portland is thirty minutes away and is a great city with lots of resources.” Echoing the sentiments of many happy Bowdoin students, a satisfied sophomore tells us, “I wish I could stay in college forever.”
Student BodyYou’ll meet a lot of “wealthy, athletic, New Englanders” at Bowdoin College. In fact, students joke, “Everyone seems to be from a small town right outside Boston.” Those outside the dominant demographic admit that there seems to be “a divide between the typical New England kid and the ‘diverse’ kids, who come from other states are less well-off, or are racially diverse.” However, “Students here work really hard to create a community that is open and accepting,” and the majority of students have “no trouble fitting in.” On that note, “Bowdoin students truly are nice. We often marvel at how there do not seem to be mean or unfriendly people here.” Student athletes are common, and “around seventy percent of the campus is involved in some kind of sport,” from intramurals to the outing club. Nonetheless, academics are top priority: “No matter if they are a theater kid or hockey player, everyone can be found in the library during the week.” In addition to schoolwork, Bowdoin students are “always passionate about something, be it music, rock-climbing, or volunteer work.”