Bowdoin College campus


Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
690 - 765
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
685 - 770
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
690 - 770
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
31 - 34

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 1

January 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Application Essay

Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African Studies
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Central/Middle and Eastern European Studies
  • French Studies
  • Italian Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Spanish and Iberian Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Neuroscience

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Science

  • Education

  • Mathematics Teacher Education

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Ancient Studies/Civilization
  • Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music, General
  • Theatre Literature, History and Criticism

Students Say

From the “academic rigor” to the “laid-back attitude of the people” and “the beautiful Maine scenery,” Bowdoin is a small liberal arts college that packs a considerable punch. Tucked away in the quaint town of Brunswick, Bowdoin provides students with an “extremely high quality of education” and “amazing resources.” Moreover, there’s a “tangible sense of community” and the campus resonates with a “friendly vibe.” The college also does “a great job of maintaining a culture that is not based on competition, but collaboration.” While there are certainly a number of great departments, both the science and government programs have an especially stellar reputation. And when it comes to the classroom, it’s obvious that “professors at Bowdoin are very passionate about the classes that they teach.” Students greatly appreciate that they are “easily accessible by e-mail, during office hours and even on weekends.” And though professors here are known to be “tough,” undergrads admit that they are “pushed academically in the best possible ways.” Further, professors truly “want you to learn and they want to get to know you.” Indeed, as one freshman brags, “Bowdoin is a place where taking your professors to lunch is the norm.” Overall, as one content sophomore rhapsodizes, “Stepping on to the Bowdoin campus, it’s hard to not get genuinely excited about all of the academic, social and cultural opportunities that await you.”



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Reed Hastings
Netflix founder, CEO, and chair

Joan Benoit Samuelson
Olympic champion

Geoffrey Canada
CEO, Harlem Children's Zone, social activist and educator

Kenneth Chenault
American Express, chair and CEO

U.S. Senator George Mitchell
Obama Middle East envoy; former Senate majority leader

Nathaniel Hawthorne

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Students Say

“The Career Planning Center and the Head of Student Activities are by far the greatest assets of Bowdoin.” “If you are motivated, Bowdoin will provide you with wonderful opportunities.” The resources, which include a fellowship office, career planning, grants and great professors, are all quite accessible due to the college’s small size. There is also an “extensive alumni network,” plenty of study abroad options, and opportunities for special internships funded by donors. Students have the chance to attend conferences and assist in research off campus. Half of the alumni who visited the website listed their careers as meaningful. On the same site, the average starting salary for Bowdoin graduates was reported at $48,500.

Colleges that Create Futures


Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Apr 5

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

Incoming freshmen at Bowdoin can expect to pay about $47,744 in tuition and another $468 in required fees. On-campus room and board totals more than $13,140. When you factor in other costs like, books, personal expenses, and travel, that brings the total sticker price to more than $61,350.

Bang For Your Buck

Bowdoin meets students’ demonstrated need with grant money from federal, state, and institutional sources. All admitted students who qualify for need-based financial aid receive grants that meet 100 percent of their need, and 45 percent of enrolled students receive some amount of grant assistance to help pay for college costs. Several students have said that the school gave them “more financial aid than I even thought I’d qualify for,” and others say that Bowdoin gave them as much as “$10,000 a year more than any other school” they applied to. Eligibility for Bowdoin grant assistance is “need-based.” If necessary, first-year students may elect to borrow up to $5,500 in low-interest, federal Stafford loan money. Students graduate with $18,000 in loan debt on average.

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



50% female
50% male
91% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Students Say

Many undergrads here agree that there’s a perception that Bowdoin attracts a lot of “wasp-y, wealthy, preppy, upper-middle class” students. However, they just as fiercely assert that if you look beyond these superficial characterizations, you’ll discover “a wide spread of personalities and student types.” And, more importantly, they insist that across the board their peers are “extremely nice and welcoming.” They also define their fellow students as “intelligent,” “outdoorsy” and “fairly left-wing politically.” Additionally, “almost everyone either plays a sport or works out regularly and is involved in too many extracurricular activities for their own good.” It also seems as though “each student has [his/her] own special talent, interest [or] hobby.” As one senior explains, “I love that everyone has their own nerdy passion for some random subject—Japanese architecture, genetics, medieval women, food justice, etc.” Perhaps this sagacious junior describes the Bowdoin social experience best, “I think that as long as students come to Bowdoin being willing and open to meeting lots of people, they will have no trouble finding a loyal group of friends whom they will want to stay in contact with long after they graduate.”


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Wellness Housing

Students Say

Undergrads at Bowdoin are pretty frank about the fact that “life during the week is consumed by work.” As a sophomore reveals, “People are very focused on their studies, and academics always come first.” Fortunately, even the most studious undergrads here find the time to kick back every once in awhile. And there are plenty of activities and events of which to take advantage. For example, “every weekend there are film screenings, speakers or miscellaneous activities sponsored by ResLife or student groups.” Additionally, “athletics are popular, as are the music groups [and] the outing club is another major draw [as well].” And a satisfied freshman adds, “Last weekend we had a ‘Zombie Run’ for Halloween [and] there was a Hunger Games competition earlier in the year.” While Bowdoin doesn’t have Greek life, “house parties are a big thing.” These can typically be found “every Friday and Saturday [night].” However, one knowledgeable senior clarifies by saying these are “mostly [attended] by first-years and sophomores. Juniors and seniors typically spend time with friends, some choosing to drink in a smaller and quieter atmosphere.” When students are eager to get off campus, they frequently take advantage of Maine’s outdoor splendor. There’s “sea kayaking, white-water kayaking/rafting, surfing, hiking, backpacking, skiing, sailing [and] rocking climbing, among other [activities].” Those students looking for a more relaxing outing can head to nearby Portland or Freeport for shopping and dining. Finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t point out that undergrads are content to hang around the dining halls simply because, “the food is AMAZING.”

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division III

47% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Polar Bears)
16 Sports

Cross Country
Ice Hockey
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Polar Bears)
18 Sports

Cross Country
Field Hockey
Ice Hockey
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

Day Care
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity: and Bowdoin Queer Straight Alliance:

Minority Support Groups: At Bowdoin College, we work collaboratively to serve underrepresented students through a series of policies, programs and resources focused on individual student success and fostering an equitable and inclusive college community. Within the division of Student Affairs there are two full-time positions dedicated to these endeavors, the Associate Dean of Students for Diversity and Inclusion and the Director of the Student Center for Multicultural Life. The Student Center for Multicultural Life supports various multicultural student organizations on campus and collaborates with the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs on programs for first generation college students. The Office of the Dean of Student Affairs also offers an intensive advising program (BASE) for first and second year students to aid in transition and success. Additional resources include the Center for Teaching and Learning, Counseling Service; the Health Center; transportation to places of worship; the college house system; and various multicultural events held on campus year-round. Bowdoin has implemented many new programs for minority students and is dedicated to diversifying its student body. Please visit


“To be at home in all lands and all ages; to count Nature a familiar acquaintance.” These words open “The Offer of the College,” defining the vision of education at Bowdoin, a vision just as relevant today as when it was first penned in 1906. An ACUPCC signatory and a STARS participant, the college annually submits greenhouse gas emissions data to the ACUPCC and has made a commitment to become carbon neutral by 2020. To that end, Bowdoin has implemented changes in campus energy consumption, using renewable energy resources and reducing campus heating emissions to less than 1990 levels—despite significant campus growth! In 2014 Bowdoin signed a power purchase agreement on a 1,200-kilowatt solar installation located partly on campus athletic facilities as well as college owned land a few miles from the central campus. The solar PV system is the largest in the state of Maine. Bowdoin has also developed a comprehensive approach to alternative transportation on campus, including a bike-sharing program, a car-sharing program, a campus rideshare app, and an increased emphasis on biking infrastructure on campus. The college has also built a campus-managed organic garden that provides academic and co-curricular opportunities for students. The environmental studies program offers students a variety of service learning opportunities with organizations in Brunswick and the larger Maine community, maintaining a research facility on Kent Island as well as at Bowdoin's Coastal Studies Center on Orr's Island. Bowdoin is committed to ensuring that all new construction and major renovation projects will seek LEED certification. Finally, Bowdoin coordinated an inter-dorm recycling competition to promote awareness of campus recycling initiatives.

School Has Formal Sustainability Committee

Sustainability-focused degree available

School employs a sustainability officer

Public GHG inventory plan

% food budget spent on local/organic food

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share

Car Sharing Program

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2015.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources:

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

We provide special pricing for Apple and Dell products. Any faculty, staff, or student may receive the discounted pricing. The link is here: We also provide Microsoft Office software for faculty, staff, and students under our Microsoft Campus Agreement. There is no additional charge to obtain the software.

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Admissions Office
Reception Desk

Office of Admissions
5000 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011-8441



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Bowdoin College Museum of Art
Peter Buck Center for Health and Fitness
David Saul Smith Union
Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center
The Edwards Center for Art and Dance
Coastal Studies Center; Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum; Studzinski Recital Hall; Hawthorne-Longfellow Library; Druckenmiller Science Building; Thorne Dining Hall; Wish and Pickard Theaters; top of Coles Tower (for birds-eye view); Watson Arena, Farley Field House, Greason Pool; playing fields/trails; the Bowdoin Pines; the Bowdoin Quad.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown Brunswick
City of Portland
L.L. Bean and Freeport
Sugarloaf and Sunday River ski resorts
Androscoggin River Bike Trail; Bailey Island and Orr's Island; Bohemian Coffee House; City of Bath; Big Top Deli; Bull Moose Music/Movies/Video Games; Cook's Lobster House Restaurant; Eveningstar Cinema; Frontier Cafe; Gelato Fiasco; LL Bean; Little Dog Coffee Shop; Mere Point; Merrymeeting Bay; Morse Mountain Conservation Area; Popham Beach State Park; Portland (Pizza) Pie Co.; Reid State Park; Sugarloaf and Sunday River ski resorts; Thomas Point Beach; Town of Freeport; Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park. Please refer to:

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

Mon 10:30am, Tues-Fri 2:30pm

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Submit Prospective Interest Form at and contact coach directly

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact the faculty member via e-mail to request a class visit

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays


Seniors only; 1-night stay; not available on Fri or Sat night or during exam periods


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Portland International Jetport is less than 30 miles from campus. Mid-Coast Limo (800-937-2424) provides service between the airport and campus. Hertz (800-654-3131), Budget (800-527-0700) and other major rental car companies serve the airport. Enterprise (207-725-1344) serves the Brunswick area. Arrange for limousine or taxi service as early as possible. Mermaid Transportation and Concord Trailways provide bus service (with pick ups in Brunswick and on campus) to and from Portland and points beyond. Amtrak provides train service between Brunswick and Boston. Bowdoin also provides a shuttle service to local areas of interest and Portland. Please refer to:

Driving Instructions to Campus
From the south, take I-95 N. toward N.H./Maine, then merge onto I-295 N. via Exit 44 toward South Portland/Downtown Portland, take the US-1 exit at Exit 28 (Bath-Brunswick/Coastal Rte. 1) and follow Rte. 1/Pleasant St., following signs for Maine St. At the intersection with Maine St., turn right, then proceed straight (Bowdoin will be on the left), proceed straight past the Joshua L. Chamberlain statue then turn left onto College St., which takes you into the campus. From the north, take I-95 S. and then the US-1 exit at Exit 28 (Bath-Brunswick/Coastal Rte. 1) and proceed as above. Please refer to:

Local Accommodations
Accessible by car, bus, train and air, the Maine coast is a popular destination for visitors from across the U.S. and around the world. It offers a wide variety of guest accommodations, including inexpensive chain hotels, bed and breakfasts, upscale inns and major hotel chains. Local accommodations include The Brunswick Inn (B&B); the Brunswick Hotel and Tavern; The Daniel; the Comfort Inn; the Econo Lodge; and the Fairfield Inn & Suites, among others. Nearby in Freeport (home of L.L. Bean) are the Harraseeket Inn and the Hilton Garden Inn. A comprehensive list can be found at: