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Applying to Bowdoin

Selection Process

selection process

Bowdoin manages a holistic selection process based on individual review. Successful applicants to Bowdoin are bright and engaged community members who demonstrate curiosity and a willingness to take intellectual risks.

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Early Decision 

Early Decision

If Bowdoin is your first choice college, applying under an Early Decision (ED) program is something you'll want to consider seriously.

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Test Optional Policy

testing policy

Bowdoin doesn't require the submission of SAT or ACT scores for admission. It hasn't since 1969. Under this "test optional" policy, you're able to decide for yourself whether or not your scores reflect your ability.

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financial aid 

Bowdoin is committed to affordability. Nearly half of enrolled students receive grant assistance from Bowdoin, and the College stands firm in its decision to eliminate student loans from financial aid packages.

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Application Deadlines

Program: Admissions: Fin Aid: Notification:
Early Decision I Nov. 15 Nov. 15 Mid-December
Early Decision II Jan. 1 Jan. 1 Mid-February
Regular Decision Jan. 1 Feb. 15 Early April
Transfer Admissions Mar. 1 Mar. 1 Early May

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Bowdoin is a member of the Common Application.

Apply online using the Common Application.

Application fees (non-refundable) are accepted online via credit card.

Bowdoin Supplemental Essay

The supplemental essay is located within the member questions section of the Common Application and is NOT a separate writing supplement

In an effort to understand your interests and aspirations for college, we ask you to select one of the three topics below and provide a response of up to 250 words.

Bowdoin students and alumni often cite world-class faculty and opportunities for intellectual engagement, the College’s commitment to the Common Good, and the special quality of life on the coast of Maine as important aspects of the Bowdoin experience.

Reflecting on your own interests and experiences, please comment on one of the following:
    1. Intellectual engagement
    2. The Common Good
    3. Connection to place

In its employment and admissions practices Bowdoin is in conformity with all applicable federal and state statutes and regulations. It does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, color, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, religion, creed, ancestry, national or ethnic origin, or physical or mental handicap.