Hi guys. I am currently choosing between these two schools, and I would majorly appreciate some outside perspectives. For context, I am planning to study somewhere in STEM (maybe physics), but I’d also be interested in engineering if I went to Rice.
Bowdoin was my top choice for a long chunk of time. I love the homey campus, small class size, proximity to nature, great food, and super friendly + down to earth students. I’m slightly weary about the cold, long winters and the lack of activity in Brunswick (coming from a city).
I only discovered Rice semi recently, but it seems like an amazing school. The campus is super beautiful, there are fantastic STEM programs, and Rice probably is more prestigious than Bowdoin. I also really like the residential college system and the idea of warmer weather. The main con is Houston (I’m not a huge fan of the South and I don’t want to live there in the future) and the larger class sizes.
I also feel like I haven’t immediately clicked with the Rice students I have met thus far (whereas, with most Bowdoin students, I felt like I did). Admittedly, it is probably hard to gauge people online.