Founded in 1794, Bowdoin College is a leading private undergraduate liberal arts institution in Maine.

Students can choose one of six basic patterns to satisfy the major requirement at Bowdoin: a departmental major, two departmental majors (double major), a coordinate major, an interdisciplinary major, a student-designed major, or any of the preceding with a departmental minor. Areas of study include Africana Studies, Art History, Anthropology, Asian Studies, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Classical Studies, Classics, Classical Archaeology, Computer Science, Dance, Education, Economics, English, French, Film Studies, Government & Legal Studies, Geology, and more.

Bowdoin College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges.

Ranking Profile:

- Bowdoin College is ranked 6th among Tier 1 National Liberal Arts Colleges by US News & World Report 2011.

- 16th among the 100 most expensive colleges in the US by Total Cost for the 2009-2010 school year (Campus Grotto).

- As of April 2008, it was the first college to be named "School of the Year" by College Prowler.

- It claimed the No. 1 spot on the Princeton Review's list of "Best Campus Food" (2006 & 2007 edition).

- Newsweek described Bowdoin as a "New Ivy", one of a number of elite colleges and universities outside of the Ivy League (2006).

- It was named a "Top Producer of Fulbright Awards for American Students" by the Institute of International Education (2006).

- The Government & Legal Studies Department was ranked the top small college political science program in the world by researchers at the London School of Economics in 2003.

- In 2003, the Wall Street Journal ranked Bowdoin among the top 20 colleges and universities in the United States based on the percentage of alums who attend a "top five" graduate program in business, law or medicine.

World University Ranking Tables

America - US News & World Report, The Princeton Review, BusinessWeek
Canada - Maclean's, Gourman Report Ranking of Canadian Universities
UK - Sunday Times, Guardian, Times Good University Guide, Daily Telegraph
World - Shanghai Jiao Tong ARWU Rankings, Webometrics, Newsweek
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