Accommodations for High School Students from Hurricane-Impacted Areas

(Information about Guest Semester Program for college and university students—Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Spring 2018)

We understand that in the aftermath of Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria, 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. 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 Harvey, Irma, or Maria 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 Harvey, Irma, and Maria. 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. 

Guest Semester Program for college and university students—Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands Spring 2018

As residents from Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands continue to recover following Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Bowdoin stands ready to assist students whose education has been interrupted.

Bowdoin will provide the opportunity to a limited number of residents of Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands to enroll at the College for the spring semester of 2018 as tuition-free guests. 

Students interested in spending the spring semester at Bowdoin will need to review the following information to be considered for the program: 

Program Information:

  • Students would be considered full-time, non-degree-seeking guest students at Bowdoin College.

  • Students would be expected to enroll in three to four courses during their semester at the College.

  • Students will be responsible for ensuring that course work completed at Bowdoin is eligible for transfer credit to their home institutions.

  • Bowdoin College will cover all educational costs associated with enrollment—tuition and fees, room and board, books, and health insurance (if needed). Bowdoin will also cover travel to campus as well as winter clothing for students.

  • This program will only be offered for the Spring 2018 semester as a one-semester guest program.

Applicant Eligibility:

  • Be currently enrolled at a college or university located in Puerto Rico or the US Virgin Islands in a bachelor’s degree program.

  • Be unable to return to their home institution due to college or university closure or transportation or housing issues.

  • Have completed two semesters of college or university work.

  • Be a citizen of the United States.

  • Arrive at Bowdoin on Thursday, January 18, 2018.

  • Remain at Bowdoin through the conclusion of relevant examinations or until Sunday, May 20, 2018.

Application Requirements:

  • Students will need to complete the brief guest semester application.

    • Application includes a short written statement.

    • Upload a copy of college or university transcript showing at least two semesters of college work.

    • Short video (no more than two minutes) to the following question: Why have you chosen your particular area of study, and what do you find most interesting about it?

      • Video may be uploaded to YouTube (provide us the link) or send as an attachment to Please include your full name and "Guest Semester Applicant" in the subject line.

      •  Application and all materials must be submitted by Monday, December 18, 2017.

    • Screenshots, photographs, and unofficial transcripts or records of grades are acceptable.


  • Application materials due by Monday, December 18, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. EST.

  • Applicants notified of decision by Friday, December 22, 2017.

  • Accepted applicants must respond to our offer of admission for the guest semester program no later than Wednesday, January 3, 2018.

  • Notify their home institution of their intent to attend Bowdoin for the Spring 2018 semester by Wednesday, January 3, 2018.


Please include your full name and "Guest Semester Applicant" in the subject line when contacting us via email.