#73, overall score 53.33/100

Fun Fact:

Bowdoin has topped the Princeton Review’s “Best Campus Food” list seven times since 2004.

Why should Jewish students attend Bowdoin? Jewish students at Bowdoin find a home at Hillel no matter what their religious background. New students are warmly welcomed and mentored by older students. Because we are a smaller Hillel, students find an immediate home and an opportunity for leadership. We have a variety of activities — curling, kiddush cup decorating, speakers, a latke/hamentaschen debate and more. We also meet all students’ religious needs through holiday services and celebrations. Our endowment allows us to bring in speakers and experts throughout the year to add to the services of our rabbi and Hillel advisor. — Rabbi Erica Asch, Temple Beth El, Augusta, Maine

ACADEMICS Score: 30/30

  • Score: 30/30
  • Acceptance rate: 15%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 9:1
  • Jewish studies major: No
  • Israel studies major: No


  • Tuition: $49,900
  • Room & board costs: $13,600
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $43,896


  • Location: Brunswick, Maine
  • Region: New England
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Liberal Arts: Yes
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 1,799
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 165
  • Jewish population share: 9%
  • Student origin: 10% in-state / 90% out-of-state
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Polar Bears
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Chaos Theory, Clown

ISRAEL Score: 9.83/20

  • Score: 9.83/20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 5
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel-related clubs: J Street U
  • BDS resolution: Introduced, failed

JEWISH LIFE Score: 10.17/40

  • Score: 10.17/40
  • Hillel: Bowdoin College Hillel
  • Chabad: None
  • Jewish fraternities: None
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Jewish dorm: None
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: None
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan?: No
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 15
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: 1 (1 Reform)
  • Most famous Jewish alumnus: William Cohen
  • Where do Jewish students come from?: Jewish students at Bowdoin come from all over the country. We have a number from the Northeast, but also have representation from the South, the Midwest and the West.
  • Kosher food details: Students have the opportunity to eat “kosher style” at campus dining halls. There are a myriad of vegetarian options. There is a kosher kitchen on campus which students may use if they request.
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