Bowdoin College requires at least 32 courses to complete a bachelor's degree.
Students can choose the accelarated degree program if they would like to finish all the credits for graduation in less time than normal. Bowdoin College accepts transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Many students like to take classes in the summer, to earn extra credits. However, Bowdoin College does not offer classes during the summer.
NOTE: Around 94% of students who start college at Bowdoin College graduate within six years.
Bowdoin College offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.
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Reminder: Bowdoin College may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.
Bowdoin College has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.
Students are not required to fulfill a language requirement
Students are not required to take a computer class to graduate.
Reminder: Check with Bowdoin College directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.
When choosing a major, Bowdoin College students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at Bowdoin College.
Student Designed Majors
Bowdoin College allows students to design their own major, if desired. If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, designing their own major is a great alternative.
Bowdoin College does not require students to complete a senior project.
Double Majoring at Bowdoin College
Bowdoin College offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.
NOTE: Double majoring may require more work but it can provide a unique combination of experience that helps students stand out when job searching or applying to a graduate program.
✅ Bowdoin College does offer services for students with disabilities.
Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.
❌ Bowdoin College does not have distance learning options or fully-online programs, so students must be able to attend classes on-campus.
✅ Bowdoin College offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.
❌ Bowdoin College does not offer an honors program or a Freshman Honor College.
❌ Students at Bowdoin College are not required to complete an internship as a graduation requirement.
Students can still look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job. While Bowdoin College does not require internships for students of any major, internships can help students gain hands-on work experience for their resume, and explore career paths that interest them without committing to one path.
The main library on campus is the Hawthorne-Longfellow Library and there are 3 other libraries on campus.
A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time. A 3-2 dual degree program is a five-year program wherein the first three years are spend taking undergraduate courses and the final two years are spent taking graduate courses. Upon completion of the 5 years, the student will be awarded two degrees, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.
Bowdoin College offers these dual degree programs:
•3-2 dual degree program in engineering in partnership with California Institute of Technology, Dartmouth College and University of Maine Orono
Does Bowdoin College have any ROTC programs?
Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every school. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.
Bowdoin College does not have any ROTC programs.
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