Bowdoin College was chartered in 1794 by Governor Samuel Adams of Massachusetts, of which Maine was then a district. Bowdoin College is a private liberal arts college located in the coastal Maine town of Brunswick. It was founded in 1794, it currently enrolls 1,839 students and offers over 30 major choices and four additional minors. Bowdoin College boasts a student-faculty ratio of 9:1, making classes very tight knit. The college is located on the shores of Casco Bay and the Androscoggin River just north of Freeport Maine.