Among Bowdoin’s many distinctions is the fact that College faculty have been leading expeditions to the Arctic since 1860. Even Bowdoin’s mascot (on view at the entrance to the Morrell Gym) is a polar bear, in honor of these Arctic connections. The school’s notable alumni include Robert E. Peary (class of 1877), leader of the first successful North Pole expedition, and Donald B. MacMillan (class of 1898) who joined Peary’s expedition in 1908-1909 and went on to lead 26 Arctic expeditions. Faculty, staff, and students continue to work in the Polar regions, investigating environmental, cultural, and historical problems. Visitors can take an Arctic-themed walking tour of campus – maps are available in the Arctic Museum. Bowdoin College is a private liberal arts college; campus visitors are welcome.
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