Bowdoin College was established in 1794 and named in honor of James Bowdoin, the former governor of Massachusetts. His son, James Bowdoin III, was a benefactor of the college. This private, non-profit liberal arts college has a 215-acre campus in Brunswick, Maine. It also operates a 200-acre scientific field station on Kent Island, and a 118-acre coastal studies center on Orrs Island.
Bowdoin College offers a number of majors and minors in subjects which include African studies, art history, computer science, music, sciences, neuroscience, psychology, religion, gay and lesbian studies, gender and women's studies, teaching, and film studies. The college was given the 6th position in the U.S. News and World Report's 2009 edition of the top liberal arts colleges in the United States.
The sports teams of Bowdoin College, nicknamed the Polar Bears, participate in cross country, field hockey, golf, rugby, sailing, soccer, tennis, volleyball, football, basketball, ice hockey, squash, Nordic skiing, swimming and diving, baseball, track, lacrosse, and softball. The Bowdoin Polar Bears are members of the New England Small College Athletic Conference in the NCAA's Division III.
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