Deadlines & Requirements

Application Deadlines
Applying As:Admissions Application:Financial Aid Application:Notification Date:
Early Decision I Nov. 15 Nov. 15 Mid-December
Early Decision II Jan. 1 Jan. 1 Mid. February
Regular Decision Jan. 1 Feb. 1 Early April
Transfer Mar. 1 Mar. 1 Early May



Application & personal essay, application fee (non-refundable) or fee waiver. Applicants may use the Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application.

Bowdoin Supplemental Essay

An additional short response essay required with your application.

Please note the supplemental essay is located within the member questions section of the Common Application, and is an additional uploaded essay within the Coalition Application. QuestBridge Applicants will be asked to complete the essay after submitting the application.

Counselor Recommendation

Advisor's estimate of candidate's character and accomplishments

Secondary School Report

Information concerning candidate's school offerings and environment

Secondary School Record


Early Decision Candidate Transcripts

Early Decision I applicants must submit first quarter or first trimester grades from their final year of secondary school as soon as they are available

Mid-Year Report OR
Official School Transcript at Mid-Year

Report of mid-year grades and performance

Teacher Evaluation 1

Form completed by teacher who has taught applicant either junior or senior year in an academic subject

Teacher Evaluation 2

Form completed by teacher who has taught applicant either junior or senior year in an academic subject

*A high school diploma or its recognized equivalent is required before enrolling at Bowdoin College. If student matriculates at Bowdoin, the application and transcript become part of his or her permanent record.

Arts Supplement

For students with a notable visual or performing arts talent; completed via Slideroom. Arts Supplement Instructions


Optional SAT and ACT scores

Bowdoin does not require that applicants submit SAT or ACT scores for the purpose of admission. For more information please visit our test optional policy


Bowdoin Financial Aid Application

Instructions and deadlines available at Student Aid