Choosing a College: Bowdoin College

There are over 4,000 colleges and universities in the U.S. And while the media tends to focus on just a handful of schools, we at College Coach encourage students to think outside the box during their college selection process and explore a wide range of colleges. As such, we are highlighting a new college each week in our School Spotlight series. Check out the college below, along with the other posts in our series, and you may just stumble upon your dream school!

School Spotlight: Bowdoin College
Brunswick, ME

Have you ever wondered why the polar bear is Bowdoin’s mascot? An 1877 alumnus was the first explorer to reach North Pole; the polar bear was chosen to honor his achievement. As a highly selective (and SAT/ACT-optional) liberal arts college, Bowdoin is dedicated to the undergraduate experience. The 1,800 students enrolled here enjoy an active campus life as well as access to passionate faculty members and scholars. All freshmen are assigned to a College House, each of which serves as a “living room” for residential life, sponsoring events, study breaks, and special meals for its community members. There are eight general education requirements at Bowdoin, and they can be easily satisfied through a diverse range of courses. “Physics of Musical Sound,” for example, fulfills the Inquiry in the Natural Sciences requirement, while “Gender, Body, and Religion” meets the Humanities requirement. Students looking to pursue more than one academic field will have plenty of options for discovery. In addition to strong interdisciplinary programs, such as “art history & archaeology” and “mathematics & education,” Bowdoin offers double majors (which almost a third of graduates take advantage of) and student-designed majors.

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Written by Elyse Krantz
Elyse Krantz is a member of College Coach’s team of college admissions consultants. Elyse received her BA in linguistics from Dartmouth College and her MA from Teachers College, Columbia University. Prior to joining College Coach, Elyse worked as an admissions officer at Barnard College and Bennington College. Visit our website to learn more about Elyse Krantz.