Bowdoin College

Bowdoin is a highly selective liberal arts college located in Brunswick, Maine. The campus is adjacent to Brunswick, a charming coastal town with a New England feel. Along Maine Street are many restaurants, B and B’s and shops. In warmer weather students are out biking, hiking and in the winter, skiing at Sunday River, Sugarloaf and Saddleback.


Stay: Brunswick Hotel and Tavern |  Breakfast: Brunswick Diner

Lunch: Libby's Market  | Dinner:  Tao Yuan

Visitor Information: Tour Bowdoin

Stay: The Brunswick Hotel & Tavern is a charming little inn that is literally steps away from Bowdoin's campus. If it’s booked try the Brunswick Inn, a short three-minute walk to campus. Both are simple, comfortable and super convenient.

Coffee: The Little Dog Café is right in the middle of town serving delicious coffee and other morning drinks. Right on campus, The Cafe is known for its lattés and freshly baked chocolate chip cookies.

Breakfast: Little Dog is good for quick breakfast options—bagels, breakfast sandwiches, pastries, and smoothies. The Brunswick Tavern serves a fantastic brunch on the weekends and their weekday breakfast is delicious and quick. The iconic Brunswick Diner, open 24 hours, is housed in a vintage rail road dining car dating back to 1946.

Lunch: Located on Maine Street students head to Big Top Deli for great sandwiches and Wild Oats Cafe for their hot soups, fresh salads, smoothies and baked goods. For a real taste of Maine, Libby's Market is famous for their lobster rolls and is just a short drive from campus. Family run, Scarlet Begonias has something on their large menu for everyone featuring salads, sandwiches, pastas, burgers and personalized pizzas.



Casual: Thanks to Brunswick's proximity to the water, student hot-spot Little Tokyo serves some of the freshest sushi and sashimi Maine has to offer. Popular with students and locals alike, Frontier Café has some of the best organic meals in town overlooking the Androscoggin River. More than a café, Frontier is also a cinema that hosts live music, readings, theatre, and lectures. Check their schedule to see up-to-date information for your visit. The Great Impasta is Brunswick’s Italian option, with delicious pasta dishes and a "just like home" feel. All are located right on Maine Street, a short walk from the campus.


A Step Up: Tao Yuan is considered by many to be one of the best restaurants in Maine, garnering killer press for its inventive Asian fusion menu. Named Best New Chef in 2014 by Food and Wine Magazine, Chef Cara Stadler works alongside her mother Cecile, creating dishes based on her experiences in French and Asian kitchens. The meal is casual, with many small plates to choose and share. We hear the pork buns are to die for. Reservations are recommended and often necessary. For upmarket Greek and Italian specialties in a cozy, bright space make a reservation at Trattoria Athena.

Late Night Snack: Gelato Fiasco is a must-have when visiting Brunswick, and possibly the town's most-prized possession! It’s always packed on weekends, but don’t worry the line moves quickly and is well worth the wait. It’s on every Bowdoin student's bucket list to be at Frosty's at 4 am when it opens to enjoy the fresh-out-of-the-oven donuts. 

Local Attractions:  Bowdoin has two noteworthy museums right on campus that are worth a visit: The Bowdoin College Museum of Art, a small treasure chest of art related to Bowdoin's rich history, and the Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, a unique space filled with artifacts from Arctic expeditions in the early 1900’s.  Stroll Brunswick’s Maine Street, peeking into the local shops.  Antique lovers could easily spend hours wandering the stalls at Cabot Mill Antiques, a multi-dealer emporium located in Fort Andross, a restored textile mill on the scenic Androscoggin River. Outside of Brunswick, Freeport is about 15 minutes away, home to the famous L. L. Bean store and many outlets and boutique shops. One student said: "If you have time I would recommend exploring the area, taking a hike or walk, going to Thomas Point Beach—just experiencing the beauty of Maine!"

— Quotes From Campus —

I love the community and the sense of “home” I feel on campus. Even in the first few months, I felt at home here at Bowdoin.
— Sara
The small size of the school means you really get to know your professors!
— Amanda
The town has some great restaurants, but eating on campus is good too—Bowdoin’s dining halls consistently rank #1 or #2 in the country!
— Franklin





Polar Bear

School Colors

Black & White

Acceptance Rate

14.3% (2016)

Common Application


Supplement Essays


Early Action/Decision

Early Decision 1 and 2







New England

Admissions Office

5000 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011-8441

(p) (207) 725-3100

Whitney Soule, Dean of Admissions and Student Aid

Sports Divisions

NCAA Division III

Greek Life


Noteworthy Alumni

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Alfred Kinsey
Nathaniel Hawthorne

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