Bowdoin College: Narrative Description

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5000 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011
Tel: (207)725-3000
Admissions: (207)725-3224
Fax: (207)725-3003
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1794. Setting: 200-acre small town campus with easy access to Portland. Endowment: $514.2 million. Research spending 2003-04: $2 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $19,442 per student. Total enrollment: 1,677. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 10:1. 4,853 applied, 24% were admitted. 82% from top 10% of their high school class, 96% from top quarter, 100% from top half. 23 National Merit Scholars, 44 valedictorians. Full-time: 1,668 students, 49% women, 51% men. Part-time: 9 students, 67% women, 33% men. Students come from 49 states and territories, 29 other countries, 86% from out-of-state, 1% Native American, 6% Hispanic, 5% black, 11% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 3% international, 1% 25 or older, 93% live on campus, 0.5% transferred in. Retention: 93% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; biological/life sciences; foreign language/literature. Core. Calendar: semesters. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, independent study, double major. Off campus study at Twelve College Exchange Program. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 3 recommendations. Recommended: interview. Entrance: most difficult. Application deadlines: 1/1, 11/15 for early decision plan 1, 1/1 for early decision plan 2. Notification: 4/5, 12/31 for early decision plan 1, 2/15 for early decision plan 2.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $60. Comprehensive fee: $39,680 includes full-time tuition ($30,944), mandatory fees ($682), and college room and board ($8054). College room only: $3623. Room and board charges vary according to board plan.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 109 open to all. Most popular organizations: Outing Club, men's and women's rugby, volunteer programs, Ballroom Dance Club, Campus Activities Board. Major annual events: Common Good Day, Spring Gala, Winter's Weekend. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access, self-defense education, whistle program. 1,597 college housing spaces available; 1,564 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required through sophomore year. Option: coed housing available. Hawthorne-Longfellow Library plus 6 others with 981,074 books, 110,537 microform titles, 5,665 serials, 21,992 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $4.5 million. 400 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Brunswick, a community of 20,500, is located within brief driving distance of several fine beaches and summer resort areas; skiing is available in winter. There are excellent highways and airline service to Portland, only 26 miles away. The area has several excellent motels. The town has a public library, Maine State Music Theatre, which features Broadway musicals each summer, and churches of many denominations, shopping centers and movie theaters; good restaurants. Recreational facilities include golf, hunting, boating, fishing, skiing, biking, backpacking, and other sports.

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