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About Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College Early Decision Results Release Date 2021

Bowdoin College is expected to release their ED1 decisions on Friday, December 10th at 7 pm EST. Share results and connect with other early applicants in the Bowdoin College Community discussion.

Good luck to all early applicants!

Bowdoin College Overview

Bowdoin College is a private, nonprofit school in a small town setting in Brunswick, Maine. Bowdoin College was founded in 1794 and now enrolls around 1,777 students a year, including 1,777 undergrads. Bowdoin College offers on-campus housing for up to 1,749 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 36% of students spend their weekends on campus .

There are many ways for students to get involved at Bowdoin College! Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Bowdoin College's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Bowdoin College students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

There are no fraternities or sororities at Bowdoin College, so it might be a good choice if you're not interested in Greek life.

Planning to play sports? Bowdoin College has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Bowdoin College on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at Bowdoin College on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to Bowdoin College for Fall 2022 is January 5.Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should receive admissions decisions by April 5.

2021 Bowdoin College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 9%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 22%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 67%
Tuition $55,822

Is Bowdoin College a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Let's take a look at each of these factors to get a clearer idea of what Bowdoin College offers and if it sounds like a good choice for you.

2021 Acceptance Rate for Bowdoin College

It is extremely difficult to get into Bowdoin College. The acceptance rate at Bowdoin College is 9%. Out of 9,402 applications received in 2021, 861 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Bowdoin College

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Bowdoin College, around 86% are still enrolled the next year. Bowdoin College's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 95%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for Bowdoin College Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Bowdoin College's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. Bowdoin College's endowment was valued at $1.8 billion in 2021, compared to a national average of $905 million. For each full-time student, Bowdoin College spends about $34,483 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Bowdoin College

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. Bowdoin College meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Bowdoin College full-time are awarded $50,204 a year in financial aid, on average.

Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $24,114 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Bowdoin College. Based on this information, how does Bowdoin College sound? Remember, the best school for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Bowdoin College a good school for you?

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Where is Bowdoin College Located?

Bowdoin College is located in the small town setting of Brunswick, Maine, less than an hour from Portland.

If you want to see Bowdoin College for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 295 to Brunswick, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Portland International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Bowdoin College and Brunswick are like without leaving home.

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College Info

255 Maine Street Brunswick, ME 04011

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.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs


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Bowdoin College ACT Scores


ACT Range

30 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Bowdoin College is 32. Students with an ACT score of 34 and above have a good chance of getting into Bowdoin College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 30 and 34 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 30 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Bowdoin College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1340 - 1510


Math SAT Range

670 - 770


Reading SAT Range

660 - 740

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1510 and Above


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SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Bowdoin College students is 1410. Applicants with SAT scores of 1510 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Bowdoin College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1340 to 1510 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.

Bowdoin College Tuition & Fees

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Wondering what life at Bowdoin College is like? There are approximately 1,777 students enrolled at Bowdoin College. 100% percent of students attend school full-time, 11% percent are from ME and 89% percent of students are from other states.


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