Slideshow: President’s Welcome to the Class of 2016


Members of the Class of 2016 assembled before the Museum of Art early Saturday evening for an annual rite of passage for first-years — a Bowdoin welcome from President Barry Mills and a rendition of their newly learned alma mater, “Raise Songs to Bowdoin.”


An Orientation to Science and the Sea: Kent Island 2012

Students on the Kent Island orientation trip spent four days at the Bowdoin Scientific Station on Kent Island, which lies in the middle of the Bay of Fundy. To get to the small island off the coast of New Brunswick, students had to take a ferry and then a lobster boat. Once on the island, trip members observed and participated in research on sea birds, hiked around the island and swam along the rocky coast.

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Photos by Kacy Hintze, associate director of annual giving

Slideshow: Orientation Trips, Day 2


Students continued to scale mountain peaks, kayak or raft down rapids, sail, surf, canoe, etc. on day two of their orientation trips. Meanwhile, other students were volunteering at farms and nonprofits.

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Slideshow: First-year Students Take Off


After spending their first night in Farley Field House, most first-year students departed early Wednesday morning for destinations across the state. They were embarking on many different four-day outdoor expeditions, ranging from backpacking on the Appalachian Trail to sea kayaking along Maine’s coast. Meanwhile, community service groups this week are working on local farms, soup kitchens or local nonprofits. BSE students, short for the Bowdoin Science Experience, stayed on campus to continue their introduction to Bowdoin’s science community.

This is the first year Bowdoin has asked all incoming students to participate on an orientation trip or BSE.

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