College boasts new record with 7,052 applications, accepts 14.5 percent
This past Friday, the Office of Admissions offered admission to 792 students, or 12.3 percent of regular decision applicants. In total, 1,021 students were accepted to the College, resulting in an overall acceptance rate of 14.5 percent. Both figures are records, down from last year when 13.8 percent of regular decision and 16.1 percent of total applicants were accepted.
The College received an all-time high of 7,052 applicants this year, an increase from last year’s 6,716, which was the previous record.
Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Scott Meiklejohn attributes the increase to the fact that Bowdoin is becoming more well-known.
257 students plan to study off-campus for 2013-2014 academic year
Next year, 275 Bowdoin students—over 50 percent of the Class of 2015—plan to leave Brunswick to study off campus next year, according to Christine Wintersteen, director of off-campus study.
This is a slight increase over past years, when slightly under 50 percent have gone to study away from campus. In the 2012-2013 academic year, the figure was 48 percent of juniors—or 237 students.
The 275 figure represents the number of final applications submitted. The number of students who actually end up going abroad is often slightly less since unexpected issues occur.
Brunswick honors the College with Member of the Year award
At its annual meeting last week, the Brunswick Downtown Association honored Bowdoin College as its Member of the Year. The award is granted anually to an outstanding member of the Brunswick community and President Barry Mills attended to accept the award on behalf of the College. Mills spoke at the event about Bowdoin’s extensive contributions to Brunswick and the surrounding areas. Bowdoin employs nearly a thousand individuals and pays over $40 million each year in salaries to local residents. There are “more than a half million dollars every year in payments by the College to the Town of Brunswick in a variety of forms, and millions more for special projects,” said Mills in his remarks.
Approval ratings: In survey, students give College high marks
Ninety-nine percent of students approve of Bowdoin Dining Services, according to the Orient’s approval ratings survey. The faculty and the College also tracked well, earning the approval of 95 and 96 percent of respondents, respectively. There were 310 respondent to the poll, which is conducted each semester, and polls students on their opinions of notable departments, organizations and individuals in the Bowdoin community, ranging from Student Affairs to Information Technology to the College House System. President Mills, who has polled well historically, received the approval of 88 percent of respondents.
Reed House fire detector fixed after over ten alarms set off
This past Saturday night and Sunday morning, Reed House residents were raised from their beds by two fire alarms in quick succession. Facilities Management and the Brunswick Fire Department investigated the cause of these false alarms, and fixed the problem on Wednesday. The fire alarm has gone off in Reed House over ten times during the course of the semester. A single detector in the basement of Reed House was responsible for last weekend’s false alarms.
Pro-Democrat ‘cash mob’ supports local store owner
Political activists swarmed local bookstore Gulf of Maine Books last Saturday. in a “cash mob” to support the shop’s owners, Gary Lawless and Beth Leonard, who were confronted and “bullied” by Green Independent Party supporters, according to the Bangor Daily News. The Bangor Daily news reported that Green Independent Party members allegedly harassed owners and threatened to boycott the bookstore after the owners displayed signs endorsing Democrat Mattie Daughtry, who was recently elected as state representative in Maine’s 66th District.
BSG renews Brunswick Taxi’s late-night service contract
Bowdoin Student Government (BSG) reached an agreement to renew the late-night free taxi service with Brunswick Taxi this week, preserving its operating hours but modifying pick up and drop off times for Freeport and Portland trips. BSG will subsidize free Brunswick Taxi rides within a mile radius of campus on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights from 10 p.m. to 2:00 a.m.
Tennis teams start strong opening tournaments
Following deep runs into the NCAA tournament last year, both the men’s and women’s tennis teams hit the courts this past weekend for their first tournaments of the season.
In two weeks, the men’s tennis team will play in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association’s Invitational at Williams College. The women's team’s next tournament is at the University of Pennsylvania September 21.