Wow, too timely, brooke4! ...said because I've been pondering posting about my own DD's fervent desire to go to....Bowdoin (which I support)...she's got another year of HS to go, though.
So, Bowdoin's an excellent school. Didn't go there myself, but I'm a Mainer originally and I can say Brunswick's a decent place. Close to Portland & Freeport. About 2 (? 2.5?) hours from Boston. Small enough to feel safe, close enough to bigger places to offer that diversion. That said, I'm more of a county mouse vs. a city mouse...
Quintessential New England campus.
Don't know where you call home, but yeah, winter's are long in Maine; however, Spring comes a little sooner to Brunswick than some other places...like where I grew up. AND, there's skiing! Cross-country and downhill!
I will be delighted if my DD is accepted; I will know she is getting a top notch education and I won't lose sleep at night worrying about her. FWIW, I used to work in higher ed, and when it comes to campus safety,....not all campuses are created equal.
Good luck to your DD with her decision, and a big-time congratulations to her!!