Applying at 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

Test Optional 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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Affordability

Affordability

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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Questbridge

Questbridge

Bowdoin partners with Questbridge - a non-profit organization that matches high-achieving, low-income students with opportunities in higher education.

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Undocumented/DACA Students

We welcome all undergraduate applicants regardless of citizenship status.  Undocumented students, with or without Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), who apply to Bowdoin should follow the same application procedure for domestic applicants. 

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