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Bowdoin Admissions Information

Bowdoin College
Brunswick, ME (map)


Founded in 1794 in the coastal New England town of Brunswick, Maine, Bowdoin College is recognized as one of the best liberal arts colleges in the nation. The College is known for its bold, interdisciplinary program designed for students to become well-rounded citizens who are able to think critically. Bowdoin was one of the first selective colleges to make the SAT or ACT optional for applicants. During their time of Bowdoin, 60% of students opt for some form of independent study. Bowdoin offers a limitless education, regardless of a student’s path of study.

Bowdoin offers more than 100 student organizations, including a highly active Outing Club featuring 100 annual excursions, and the Peucinian Society, one of the oldest literary and intellectual societies in the country. Because Bowdoin is located along the coast of Maine, students have easy access to many recreational activities such as hiking, climbing, and snowshoeing. The College also has a system of social houses; all freshmen are assigned to one of these houses, where residential and social activities are organized.



Basic Info

Main Address: 5700 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011-8448
Phone Number: (207) 725-3000  
Website: www.bowdoin.edu  


Type of school: Private, liberal arts  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Suburban  
Athletics: Division III, Intercollegiate, Club and Intramural Sports  
Degrees offered: Bachelor's  
Size of undergraduate student body: 1,777  
Percent out-of-state: 87%  
Percent international: 3.5%  
Female to Male ratio: 50:50  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 9:1  
Most popular majors: Biology/Biological Sciences
Political Science and Government
Special study programs: Accelerated Program
Double Major
Independent Study
Liberal Arts/Career Combination
Student-Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification
Visiting/Exchange Student Program
Washington Semester

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed Housing
Special Housing For Disabled Students
Apartments For Single Students
Wellness housing (alcohol/drug/smoke-free)
Choral groups
Film society
Literary magazine
Musical theater
Student government
Symphony orchestra
Concert band
International students
Music ensembles
Radio station
Student newspaper
Television station

Fun Facts

  • Voted #1 Best Campus Food
  • Voted #6 Dorms Like Palaces
  • Voted #9 Happiest Students
  • Voted #2 Best Quality of Life
  • Voted #6 School Runs Like Butter

Admissions Information

With an admissions rate lower than 20%, Bowdoin is one of the most selective liberal arts colleges in the country. Bowdoin looks at an applicant's overall academic potential, which selecting officials consider to be the most important determinant for making a decision.

According to Bowdoin's admissions officials, applicants are evaluated using factors such as academic record, the level of challenge of the high school coursework, academic recommendations, personal essay, extracurricular involvement, and personal qualities. The applicant's demonstrated level of interest is also considered.

Admissions address: 5000 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011-8441
Phone number: (207) 725-3100  
Fax number: (207) 725-3101  
Admissions Website: http://www.bowdoin.edu/admissions/  
Email: admissions@bowdoin.edu  
Contact Person: Scott Meiklejohn  
Number of first-year applications received: 5,940  
Percent of applicants admitted: 19%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: January 1  
Early decision/action deadline: November 15 (Early Decision)  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: Essay
2 Academic Teacher Evaluations
School Report
Mid Year Report
Final Report
Standardized test scores
Interview (recommended)

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? No: SAT and ACT are considered if submitted.  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 3089  
ACT code: 1636  
Learn more about other Northeastern schools:
University of Vermont   Bates   Colby   Middlebury  

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