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Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate9%

About Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College, located in the charming town of Brunswick, Maine, is an esteemed liberal arts college that radiates academic excellence and community spirit. With a storied history dating back to 1794, Bowdoin is renowned for its rigorous academics, fostering critical thinking, and intellectual growth. The campus exudes a warm and inclusive atmosphere, where students engage in lively discussions, participate in a wide range of extracurricular activities, and build lifelong connections. With a commitment to global citizenship and social responsibility, Bowdoin College empowers students to make a positive impact in their communities and beyond. It's a place where learning, discovery, and personal growth intersect in inspiring ways.

Did You Know?

Bowdoin is known for its vibrant and long-standing tradition called the "Ivies." Every spring, students come together to celebrate the end of the academic year with a weekend of outdoor concerts, performances, and festivities. The campus transforms into a lively gathering where students, faculty, and staff enjoy live music, games, and delicious food. The Ivies tradition, which dates back to the 1970s, creates a sense of community and camaraderie as students come together to unwind and celebrate the culmination of another successful year at Bowdoin.

Bowdoin College is a private, nonprofit college in the town of Brunswick, Maine. Bowdoin College was founded in 1794 and enrolls 1,915 undergrads and no graduate students.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Bowdoin College

It is extremely difficult to get into Bowdoin College. Bowdoin College admitted 9% of all applicants in 2022. In 2022, 9,376 students applied to Bowdoin College and 862 were admitted.

Bowdoin College Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 9%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 26%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 58%

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Bowdoin College is located in Brunswick, Maine, near Portland and Maine.

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College Info

255 Maine Street Brunswick, ME 4011

Campus Setting: Small Town

Bowdoin College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 5

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Bowdoin College is Jan 5.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Bowdoin College is Mar 1.

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Bowdoin College is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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Bowdoin College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1340 - 1520


Math SAT Range

670 - 780


Reading SAT Range

670 - 760

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

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Estimated Chance

1520 and Above


1340 to 1520


1340 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Bowdoin College students is 1422. Applicants with SAT scores of 1520 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Bowdoin College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1340 to 1520 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1340 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Bowdoin College.

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Wondering what life at Bowdoin College is like? There are approximately 1,915 students enrolled at Bowdoin College. 100% percent of students attend school full-time, 10% percent are from ME and 90% percent of students are from other states.


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