Bowdoin College /ˈboʊdɨn/, founded in 1794, is a private liberal arts college located in the coastal New England town of Brunswick, Maine. As of 2010, U.S. News and World Report ranks Bowdoin sixth among liberal arts colleges in the United States. The college enrolls approximately 1,700 students and has been coeducational since 1971. It offers 33 majors and 4 additional minors; the academic year consists of two four-course semesters, and the student-faculty ratio is 9:1.
Brunswick is located on the shores of Casco Bay and the Androscoggin River, 12 miles north of Freeport, Maine, and 28 miles north of Portland, Maine. In addition to its Brunswick campus, Bowdoin also operates a 118 acre (478,000 m²) coastal studies center on Orrs Island in Harpswell, Maine and a 200 acre (809,000 m²) scientific field station on Kent Island, in the Bay of Fundy.