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About Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College is a private, nonprofit school located in the small town setting of Brunswick, ME, less than an hour from Portland.

Founded in 1794, Bowdoin College enrolls 1,777 undergrads and no graduate students. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

Bowdoin College's endowment was valued at $1,780,970,000 in 2021. For each full-time student, Bowdoin College spends about $34,483.

Admissions Facts About Bowdoin College

Acceptance rate: 9%

Mean ACT score: 32

Mean SAT score: 1410

Offers early decision.

Doesn't offer early action.

Get ready! The 2022 regular decision application deadline for Bowdoin College is January 5

All regular decision applicants should hear back April 5.

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Bowdoin College Acceptance Rate 2021

It is extremely difficult to get into Bowdoin College. The acceptance rate at Bowdoin College is 9 percent. Out of 9,402 applications received, 861 students received an admissions offer.

The mean SAT scores for students who get into Bowdoin College is 1410. The mean ACT scores is 32.

Is Bowdoin College a good school?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how competitive a college is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience.

Retention and graduation rates

About 86 percent of students who start at Bowdoin College come back the next year. Out of the 501 students who started at Bowdoin College as first-time freshman, 453 graduate within four years.

Around 95 percent of students who started at Bowdoin College earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

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

Based on this information, how does Bowdoin College sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is Bowdoin College a good school for YOU?

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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

31 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

34 and Above


31 to 34


31 and Less


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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 31 and 34 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 31 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Bowdoin College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1340 - 1512


Math SAT Range

670 - 780


Reading SAT Range

660 - 740

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1512 and Above


1340 to 1512


1340 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Bowdoin College students is 1410. Applicants with SAT scores of 1512 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Bowdoin College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1340 to 1512 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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Cost Breakdown
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State Tuition

Student Life

Wondering what life at Bowdoin College is like? There are approximately 1,835 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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Part Time


In State



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