Accommodations for High School Students from Hurricane-Impacted Areas

We understand that in the aftermath of Hurricanes Florence and Michael the details of college application materials and deadlines may cause added stress. We hope to make the process easier for you by offering the following accommodations to provide some relief in the application process. 

  • Submission of recommendation letters will be waived for those impacted by the hurricanes.
  • Optional: Students may submit a scanned copy of a graded paper if recommendation letters will not be part of the application.

If there are other ways in which we may help you complete an application to Bowdoin College, please email or call 207-725-3100.

Frequently Asked Questions

What if I cannot submit required materials by the application deadline?

Students or their counselors should be in touch with the admissions office to discuss an extension. We will work with students to accommodate a late application. All requests for deadline extensions should be sent to or by calling 207-725-3100. 

What if I am having trouble submitting application materials, including teacher recommendations?

We understand that the hurricanes have impacted school calendars, displaced students, and affected the functioning of schools. Students impacted by Hurricanes Florence and Michael will not be required to submit letters of recommendation. If submitted, letters of recommendation will still be included in our review. You will not be disadvantaged in the admissions process if you cannot submit a letter of recommendation. 

You may also submit a scanned copy of a graded paper if you’d like. You may include this as “additional information” in your application or send it directly to as an attached file. Submission of a graded paper is optional.

Please contact the admissions office if you are having trouble completing other parts of your application. 

What if my school calendar has been disrupted by a hurricane?

Please contact the admissions office if an adjustment to your school calendar has impacted availability of senior grades or if you need an extension on an application deadline. 

What if I have been unable to take standardized tests (SAT, ACT, or Subject Tests) this fall.

Bowdoin is a test-optional college. We do not require submission of standardized test scores. Please review our testing policy. Applicants will not be disadvantaged if they do not submit standardized test scores. 

My school is closed indefinitely due to hurricane damage. I am now enrolled in a different school or district. How will this impact my application?

Please be in touch with us at to discuss your situation. We have waived the requirement for letters of recommendation and will be working with students to find ways to accommodate their application to Bowdoin. 

Is it possible to obtain a fee waiver?

Bowdoin does not have an application fee for students who are applying for financial aid or are first generation to college. The College Board is waiving the CSS Profile fee for students from areas mpacted by Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Should you have additional questions regarding the CSS Profile please contact our student aid office,

What if the cost of sending my testing score report is a financial burden?

For students submitting standardized test scores, we will accept scores that are reported by your school counselor or appear on your school transcript. You may also send us a copy of your official score report to

What if my family’s financial situation has changed since a hurricane this fall?

Please contact our financial aid office to discuss your situation. We can set up a time to talk to students and their families on the phone at a time that is convenient for the family. Please email or call 207-725-3144 to set up an appointment. 

What kind of scholarships does Bowdoin provide?

We provide 100% need-based aid, commit to meeting full need with grant/scholarship funds from Bowdoin (without including any loans.) Our need-based policy means that we are committed to making sure every admitted student can afford to attend Bowdoin.