Bowdoin College campus

Overview

Applicants
6,935
Acceptance Rate
15%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
690 - 760
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
680 - 760
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
680 - 770
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
31 - 34

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 1

Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
9:1
Total Faculty
235
with Terminal Degree
228

118
Women
117
Men
32
Minority
10
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
86%
Graduate in 5 years
92%
Graduate in 6 years
93%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African Studies
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Central/Middle and Eastern European Studies
  • Latin American 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.”

Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

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
Author

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Poet

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
86%
Graduate in 5 years
92%
Graduate in 6 years
93%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Median Starting Salary
$48,500

Median Mid-Career Salary
$103,000

Return on Education (ROE) rating
92

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 Payscale.com listed their careers as meaningful. On the same site, the average starting salary for Bowdoin graduates was reported at $46,000.

Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Apr 5

Required Forms

Business Farm Supp
FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

Incoming freshmen at Bowdoin can expect to pay about $46,354 in tuition and another $454 in required fees. On-campus room and board totals more than $12,760. When you factor in other costs like, books, personal expenses, and travel, that brings the total sticker price to more than $60,400.

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
$40,680

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$38,978

Average Need-Based Loan
$0

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$25,503

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
30%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$43,080

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$47,744
Required Fees
$468
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$836

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,805
Out of State
89%

International
6%
Foreign Countries Represented
28

Demographics

6.68%
Asian
5.16%
African-American
13.42%
Hispanic
67.19%
Caucasian
5.74%
International

50% female
50% male
89% 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.”

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
92%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Village

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Other
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
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
110
Number of Honor Societies
1

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
8

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

47% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Polar Bears)
16 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Sailing
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Soccer
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Polar Bears)
18 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Ice Hockey
Lacrosse
Rugby
Sailing
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity: http://www.bowdoin.edu/queer/resource-center-for-sexual-and-gender-diversity/index.shtml and Bowdoin Queer Straight Alliance: http://students.bowdoin.edu/queer-straight-alliance/

Minority Support Groups: Minority students are supported by various multicultural student organizations on campus; full-time administrators in the President's Office and Dean of Student Affairs Office; faculty advisors; the Counseling Service; the Health Center; provided transportation to Portland and 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 http://http://www.bowdoin.edu/multicultural/who-we-are.shtml

Sustainability

“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
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
34%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

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

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

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

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: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

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: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
101

Average Number of PC's per Lab
10

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
99%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell http://www.bowdoin.edu/it/for-students/index.shtml

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

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

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Admissions Office
Reception Desk

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

Phone
2077253100

Email
admissions@bowdoin.edu

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
Boston
Maine
Androscoggin River Bike Trail; Bailey Island & 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; Little Dog Coffee Shop; Mere Point; Merrymeeting Bay; Morse Mountain Conservation Area; Popham Beach State Park; Reid State Park; Sugarloaf and Sunday River ski resorts; Thomas Point Beach; Wolfe's Neck Woods State Park. Please refer to: http://academic.bowdoin.edu/ir/data/environment.shtml

Campus Tours

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

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

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Submit Prospective Interest Form at http://athletics.bowdoin.edu/information/prospect/index and contact coach directly

Advance Notice
3 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
http://athletics.bowdoin.edu/landing/

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Other

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

Transportation

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: http://www.bowdoin.edu/about/visiting/

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: http://www.bowdoin.edu/about/visiting/directions.shtml

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: http://www.midcoastmaine.com/