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Welcome Class of 2020! We are happy to have you at Bowdoin. We know you're getting a lot of information, so we'll make this as easy as possible. This article is your gateway to useful information, including how to purchase a laptop at academic pricing, getting free software for your computer, using shared file space, phone service, and more! Click on any of the links to get started!




Access your email from a web browser at or from a mobile device at any time while connected to the Internet. Bowdoin College provides students storage for email that can be accessed from anywhere. Along with email, Bowdoin provides calendaring, contact lists and the ability to chat with fellow students and staff using Microsoft Lync.


Computer Purchasing

Bowdoin College has partnered with Apple, Inc. and Dell, Inc. to provide our students with a good price on computers, tablets and computer peripherals.

For more information, visit our academic purchasing page.



Bowdoin works with several software suppliers to be able to offer select software titles to Bowdoin students at no cost. Some of these titles include Microsoft Office, Symantec Antivirus and Anti-Malware and EndNote. Other software titles may be purchased at educational pricing.

For more information visit our software information page.

IceBox File Services

Upload and download files, share and collaborate with friends and peers using nearly every web browser (Firefox, Safari, Chrome, Internet Explorer). Access those same files from your iOS or Android device. Keep it all in sync with the desktop sync client!

It's safe, secure and available to all students! For more information visit our IceBox pages.

To access IceBox and begin storing data click here.




Connect your laptop, iPhone, iPad or other smartphone or tablet device to Bowdoin's wireless network. Access PolarPrint, IceBox, surf the web and more. Chose BOWDOIN from your wireless configuration screen and enter your Bowdoin username and password. Some devices are not able to access BOWDOIN due to software limitations. For those devices, they need to be registered and can then join BOWDOIN-LEGACY. Information for game consoles can be found here. For even more information look at our wireless how-to pages.

Bowdoin provides a campus-wide wireless network so that you won't have to. Consumer wireless routers will not function correctly on the Bowdoin campus as they interfere with the Bowdoin wireless network and other student's access to wireless. We ask that you leave any wireless router or access point you have at home. You wouldn't want to take your parent's Internet access away from them, would you?


PolarPrint printing services are available in most labs and public spaces on campus. You can install specific printer software onto your computer and print to a a number of lab printers. You can also print from your mobile device and pickup at any PolarPrint release station.

Most personal wireless printers won't work on the Bowdoin network. If you would like to bring your own printer, be sure to bring a USB cable to plug it in to your computer. If you forget one, they can be purchased at the Bowdoin Bookstore, online or at a nearby retailer.



Cable television services are available. Bowdoin College provides 91 channels, 25 of which are high-definition channels. No cable box required. If you didn't bring a coax cable to hook up your television, Student Technical Services will provide one for you. Stop by Student Technical Services in Coles Tower to pick up a coax cable.



Telephone service is provided in each dorm room with one phone per room/suite. Every student is supplied a telephone number that they will keep for the duration of their time at Bowdoin. This number includes free local calls and voicemail which is delivered to the student's email address. Long distance is provided by STC Services and your long-distance pin will be sent to your Smith Union mailbox.


Traditional telephones and telephone services (fax machine, answering machine, etc.) won't work from your dorm room so there's one less thing to pack!



Apps at Bowdoin

Download Bowdoin apps designed by Bowdoin staff and students from the Apple App Store or Google Play Store.

Bowdoin Guidebook Arctic Museum Bowdoin RideShare

Campus Quad for iOS & Android is a student-driven service, populated for students, by students. Discover what's happening on campus up-to-the second, day or night – and get involved.



Information Technology is committed to providing all students the technology resources & support that they need for all academic and other pursuits while at Bowdoin.

Want to know more? Check out our Student Technical Services page.


Still have questions? You can log in and ask! Questions can be asked and answered by any Bowdoin student, faculty or staff.  If your questions are specific or you'd like even more assistance, we can be reached via email at or via telephone at (207) 721-5050