College hosts Mainers
Over 100 perspective students from Maine visited Bowdoin
College with their families for Bowdoin's annual Maine Day on September
28. During the day visiting students had the opportunity to hear about
admissions, financial aid, and student and academic life as well as attend
classes and take campus tours.
The Admissions Office reported a ten percent increase in
students attending Maine Day this year. The program remained the same
as in years past, except that this year Admissions coordinated with the
Career Planning Center to hold "Beyond Bowdoin: Your Liberal Arts
in Action" on the same day as Maine Day.
"Beyond Bowdoin" was a series of informational
panels featuring Bowdoin alumni, which focused on several career options.
This year, the panelists chosen had all worked in Maine and many were
from Maine originally.
Several prospective students found the panels enlightening.
Lindsay Hammes, a senior from Augusta, was originally only looking at
Bowdoin because her mother wanted her to stay close to home. She was reluctant
to come to Bowdoin because she wanted to go to a school with a journalism
program. After attending a Beyond Bowdoin panel, "Utilizing Communication
Skills in the Media Professions," Lindsay said, "I realized
I could still do journalism if I went to Bowdoin. Now Bowdoin is one of
my first choices."
Maine Day is a part of an ongoing effort to attract students
from Maine to Bowdoin. Admissions holds two Maine Days every year, one
in the fall and one in the spring (primarily by high school juniors).
In addition, representatives from Bowdoin attend two college fairs for
Wendy Thompson, Assistant Dean of Admissions and Coordinator
of Special Events, said that the purpose of these efforts is to "increase
exposure, particularly to the strongest students in Maine. We want them
to realize that one of the most competitive colleges in America is in
Maine students constitute 15.7 percent of the first year
class and 14.3 percent of the entire student body. Admissions would like
to maintain this percentage and possibly increase it.
Thompson explained the school's interest in students from
Maine: "We are committed to diversity in all forms-geographically,
socio-economically, racially. This includes Maine students, particularly
from rural Maine. These students may be living very different lifestyles.
For instance, a student from a small Main logging town brings a unique
experience to the school."
Thompson would like to thank the Bowdoin community for giving the visiting students a warm welcome.