QuestBridge Applicants

Bowdoin partners with QuestBridge -- a non-profit organization that matches high-achieving, underserved students with opportunities in higher education. Bowdoin participates in National College Match and enrolls a number of QuestBridge students each year: some through "match" and others through Bowdoin's own admissions processes.

Matched and Non-Matched Students

QuestBridge manages its own application process that begins in the late-summer before a student's senior year. Students selected by QuestBridge and "matched" with Bowdoin receive comprehensive, four-year financial aid packages. These packages, like all aid awards at Bowdoin, do not contain student loans.

Many QuestBridge students will not participate in the match process with Bowdoin. All finalists who rank Bowdoin for the College Match, but did not match to a binding college, will automatically have their applications moved to the Regular Decision process. If you no longer wish to be considered, you must contact the Admissions Office to withdraw your application.

More Information

Questions about QuestBridge applications or about the Bowdoin relationship with QuestBridge should be directed to Ryan Ricciardi in the Admissions Office or to questbridge@bowdoin.edu

I'm a QuestBridge Match Finalist, but was not matched with Bowdoin. How do I apply?

Once Bowdoin has received the student’s application from QuestBridge (on December 16), the student will receive an application acknowledgement from Bowdoin with instructions on accessing their application portal.  Once a student logs in, they’ll be able to complete the Bowdoin Supplement and indicate their testing preference through their Bowdoin applicant portal.  All non-matched Finalists, non-participating Finalists, or non-Finalists will need to complete the Bowdoin Supplement to finalize their application.  The Bowdoin Supplement includes an additional short response essay.  Students may elect to have their application considered without SAT and ACT scores by indicating so on the supplement.

If you are interested in applying Early Decision II, you can choose to apply Early Decision II via Questbridge’s app forwarding process or by completing the Common Application or the Coalition Application. The deadline for applying Early Decision II and Regular Decision is January 1.

Early Decision is an application program designed for students who believe Bowdoin is their top choice for college.  It is a “binding” option; that is, if admitted, a student has agreed to enroll at Bowdoin if admitted.  More information about the Early Decision process can be found at http://www.bowdoin.edu/admissions/apply/early-decision-applicants.shtml.

 Early Decision II via Questbridge application forwarding:

  1. Complete the Bowdoin College Supplemental Questions and Essay found in the student's application portal.
  2. Complete the Early Decision Agreement found in the student's application portal.
  3. Indicate your testing preference using the form found in the student's application portal.
  4. Official high school transcript(s), mailed or emailed directly by your counselor to questbridge@bowdoin.edu

 Regular Decision via Questbridge application forwarding:

  1. The Bowdoin College Supplement essay question can be found at the bottom of the following page at: http://www.bowdoin.edu/admissions/apply/index.shtml.  Submission of the supplement will need to be done through the student's Bowdoin applicant portal.  Instructions on how to access your applicant portal will be emailed by December 18th.
  2. Indicate your testing preference using the form found in the student's application portal.
  3. Official high school transcript(s), mailed or emailed directly by your counselor to questbridge@bowdoin.edu. Mid-year grades should also be submitted when they become available.

I was selected as a Questbridge College Match Finalist and plan to rank Bowdoin. What do I need to complete my application?

Students who become Questbridge College Match Finalists must submit the following materials to Bowdoin College by November 1:

1.)  Official high school transcript(s), mailed or emailed directly by your counselor to questbridge@bowdoin.edu.  The cover sheet or email must include the following:

College Match Finalist, Student's Full Legal Name, "Official Transcript."

2.)  Bowdoin is a test optional school.

College Match Finalists must inform the Bowdoin admissions office of their testing selection by November 1 in writing. Once Bowdoin has received the student's application from Questbridge for the College Match, the student will receive an application acknowledgement from Bowdoin with instructions on accessing their application portal.  Once a student logs in, they'll be able to indicate which testing results they want us to review or if they'd like to be considered as a non-submitter.

Learn more about our test optional policy at http://www.bowdoin.edu/admissions/apply/testing-policy.shtml

I'm a Questbridge Non-Finalist. How do I apply?

Non-Finalists can apply to Bowdoin through Early Decision I, II or Regular Decision. 

Early Decision is an application program designed for students who believe Bowdoin is their top choice for college.  It is a “binding” option; that is, if admitted, a student has agreed to enroll at Bowdoin if admitted. Interested applicants must contact questbridge@bowdoin.edu immediately after December 1st to be considered. The deadline for Early Decision II is January 1.  Students must complete the Bowdoin Supplement and complete the Early Decision Agreement.  Both forms will become available through the student’s Bowdoin specific applicant portal after they have information Bowdoin of their decision to apply Early Decision.  Early Decision is a binding commitment with an application deadline of January 1, 2017.  You will receive an admissions decision in early February.

More information about the Early Decision process can be found at http://www.bowdoin.edu/admissions/apply/early-decision-applicants.shtml.

Early Decision I:  Application materials due November 15, 2015

Early Decision II:  Application materials due January 1, 2016

Regular Decision:  Application materials due January 1, 2016

Regular Decision is a non-binding option.  Students are notified of their admission decision in late March.  Those who are admitted to the College have until May 1 to accept or decline admission.  Please review our deadlines and requirements to additional information.  http://www.bowdoin.edu/admissions/apply/deadlines-requirements.shtml

All Non-Finalists will need to complete the Bowdoin Supplement to finalize their application.  The Bowdoin Supplement includes an additional short response essay.  Students may elect to have their applications considered without SAT and ACT scores by indicating so on the supplement.  Non-Finalists can elect to have QuestBridge forward their application to Bowdoin or they can submit the Common Application or the Coalition Application.

Once Bowdoin has received the student’s application from QuestBridge for the College Match, the student will receive an application acknowledgement from Bowdoin with instructions on accessing their application portal.  Once a student logs in, they’ll be able to indicate their testing preference through their portal.  Students will need to indicate which testing results they want us to review or if they’d like to be considered as a non-submitter. 

If you apply using the Common Application or Coalition Application and do not meet the criteria for an automatic fee waiver, contact our staff to request a fee waiver.

Bowdoin is also committed to meeting the full, demonstrated financial need of all admitted students, and does so with grants and limited student employment. Bowdoin does not use student loans in its aid packages.

In order to be considered for financial aid at Bowdoin, you should complete the CSS/PROFILE by the appropriate deadline. Soon after January 1, complete the FAFSA.

Learn more about Student Aid at Bowdoin »

If I use the QuestBridge forwarding process, are there other application materials I should submit?

Yes. You should complete the QuestBridge Supplement and send an official updated transcript with your most recent grades. There is no need to re-send your guidance counselor or teacher recommendations if they were already a part of your QuestBridge application. You should also submit your mid-year grades when they become available.

Hard copies of these documents can be mailed to:
Bowdoin College
Admissions Office
5000 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011

Or faxed to:
(207) 725-3101

You may email documents to:
admissions@bowdoin.edu 

Should I use the QuestBridge application, the Common Application, or the Coalition Application?

Bowdoin does not prefer one application over another; you can choose freely. However, you should not submit multiple applications- you must choose either the QuestBridge Application, the Common Application, or the Coalition Application.

If you choose to forward your QuestBridge Application, you must also submit the Bowdoin Questbridge Supplement in order for your application to be considered complete. Select Bowdoin on the QuestBridge Regular Decision Form on your Application Management page between November 5 - December 9. Only check the box if you fully intend to submit a complete application to Bowdoin.

Students who request to have their Questbridge applications forward to Bowdoin will receive an email from Bowdoin with log-in information for their Bowdoin specific applicant portal after December 15.  Supplements will need to be completed by January 1st.  Students can preview the essay topic that is part of the Bowdoin Supplement by visiting http://www.bowdoin.edu/admissions/apply/index.shtml.  However, actual submission of the supplement will be done through the student's application portal.

If you choose to complete the Common Application or Coalition Application, you must also submit the Bowdoin Supplemental Essay in order for your application to be considered complete. The supplement is part of the Bowdoin-specific questions on the Common Application, and the Uploads section on the Coalition Application.

Is there an application fee? Is financial aid available for non-matched QuestBridge students?

Bowdoin waives the application fee for QuestBridge students. If you apply using the Common Application or Coalition Application and do not automatically qualify for a fee waiver, please contact your regional admissions representative to request one.

Bowdoin is also committed to meeting the full, demonstrated financial need of all admitted students, and does so with grants and limited student employment. Bowdoin does not use student loans in its aid packages.

In order to be considered for financial aid at Bowdoin, you should complete the CSS/PROFILE by the appropriate deadline. Soon after January 1, complete the FAFSA.

Learn more about Student Aid at Bowdoin »

I'm a Questbridge Non-Participating Finalist. How do I apply?

Non-Participating Finalists are students who decided not to participate in the College Match process.  Non-Participating can apply to Bowdoin through Early Decision I or II or Regular Decision. 

Early Decision is an application program designed for students who believe Bowdoin is their top choice for college.  It is a “binding” option; that is, if admitted, a student has agreed to enroll at Bowdoin if admitted.  More information about the Early Decision process can be found at http://www.bowdoin.edu/admissions/apply/early-decision-applicants.shtml.

Early Decision I:  Application materials due November 15, 2015

Early Decision II:  Application materials due January 1, 2016

Regular Decision:  Application materials due January 1, 2016

Regular Decision is a non-binding option.  Students are notified of their admission decision in late March.  Those who are admitted to the College have until May 1 to accept or decline admission.  Please review our deadlines and requirements to additional information.  http://www.bowdoin.edu/admissions/apply/deadlines-requirements.shtml

All Non-Participating Finalists will need to complete the Bowdoin Supplement to finalize their application.  The Bowdoin Supplement includes an additional short response essay.  Students may elect to have their applications considered without SAT and ACT scores by indicating so on the supplement.  Non-Participating Finalists can elect to have QuestBridge forward their application to Bowdoin or they can apply using the Common Application or Coalition Application.

If you apply using the Common Application or Coalition Application and do not meet the criteria for an automatic fee waiver, contact our staff to request a fee waiver.

Bowdoin is also committed to meeting the full, demonstrated financial need of all admitted students, and does so with grants and limited student employment. Bowdoin does not use student loans in its aid packages.

In order to be considered for financial aid at Bowdoin, you should complete the CSS/PROFILE by the appropriate deadline. Soon after January 1, complete the FAFSA.

Learn more about Student Aid at Bowdoin »

Does Bowdoin require the SAT or ACT as a part of the application?

No. At Bowdoin, the submission of SAT and ACT scores has been optional for the purposes of admission since 1969. Bowdoin adopted this policy so that applicants can decide for themselves whether or not their test results accurately reflect their academic ability and potential.

Learn more about Bowdoin's Test Optional Policy »

Applicants must indicate, in writing, that they would like the admissions committee to use their test results. Applicants also have the option to select some test types and not others for review (for example, a student might choose to include SAT Subject Test scores but not an SAT score). These choices are communicated via Bowdoin's testing preference form found in the student's Bowdoin application portal.

Once Bowdoin has received the student’s application from QuestBridge for the College Match, the student will receive an application acknowledgement from Bowdoin with instructions on accessing their application portal. 

What does Bowdoin's Financial Aid package look like for a Questbridge Matched student?

Students participating in the College Match are encouraged to speak with the Bowdoin Student Aid Office to understand the components of an award package and the terminology used in financial aid awards.  Bowdoin’s financial aid office welcomes your questions and are available to make the aid process as easy as possible for you and your family. 

QuestBridge match students receive a $0 parent contribution guarantee from the College and $0 loans, but should understand that they will owe the College approximately $1,100 a year for billed expenses not covered by financial aid.  This amount is often covered through some combination of the student’s summer earnings or outside scholarships. Note: Federal and state grants are not considered outside scholarships, but part of the student’s financial aid package.

Scholarship Details
These numbers are based on costs for the 2016-2017 school year. Amounts will change slightly from year to year, but as the cost of college increases, the scholarship packages will correspondingly increase.

Annual Cost of Attendance

Tuition

$49,416

Room & Board

$13,600

Books & Supplies

$840

Travel

Varies by location

Personal

$1,250

Required Fees

$484

Health Insurance

Varies

Total

$65,590



How Costs Are Covered

Grants

$63,500

Federal Work-Study

$0

Summer Work Contribution

$2,090

Parental Contribution

$0

Student Savings

$0

Student Loan

$0

Total

$65,590

Policy Regarding Outside Scholarships:

Students can use outside scholarships to reduce summer and/or term-time earnings. Outside scholarship in excess of the cost of attendance, reduce Bowdoin's grant dollar for dollar.

Policy on Health Insurance:

Bowdoin requires all students to have health insurance.  Students can waive the College Health Plan if covered by a family member or another plan.  For financial aid students not covered by an outside plan, Bowdoin will cover the cost of health insurance.

Policy on Travel Allowance:

As part of your comprehensive budget, and to help with your planning for costs that will be part of your year, a travel allowance is included.  The amount reflects three trips between home and Bowdoin during the academic year.  This is not an exact amount, but rather an estimate assuming the most economical and efficient travel options.  A travel allowance is not included for students living in New England and New York.  Grant aid is not provided for this cost of attendance.  Travel expenses are covered by the student's summer and term time earnings.  

Other Details:                     

Contact the Student Aid Office for more detailed answers to questions about our Student Aid policies or procedures.

SAO@bowdoin.edu

Office: 2017 725-3144

Requirements Associated with Maintaining this Award:

Students must maintain satisfactory academic progress, as evidenced by their ability to continue enrollment at Bowdoin. Students' academic records are reviewed each semester in accordance with the academic standards defined in the Bowdoin College catalogue. 

 

         

I am not a Questbridge "matched" student. What would my financial aid package look like at Bowdoin?

Bowdoin is committed to meeting the full calculated need of all admitted students, and does so with grants and limited student employment.  Bowdoin does not use loans in its aid awards.  Bowdoin is “need-blind” for all U.S. citizens and eligible non-citizens in the selection of first-year candidates for the early and regular admission process. 

Students and their families are encouraged to speak with the Bowdoin Student Aid Office to understand the components of an award package and the terminology used in financial aid awards.  Bowdoin’s financial aid office welcomes your questions and are available to make the aid process as easy as possible for you and your family.  We also encourage you complete the Bowdoin Net Price Calculator to better understand your financial need.

More information on our need-blind, need-based process can be found at http://www.bowdoin.edu/studentaid/prospective-students/need-blind-full-need.shtml.

In order to be considered for financial aid at Bowdoin, you should complete the CSS/PROFILE by the appropriate deadline. Soon after January 1, complete the FAFSA.

Learn more about Student Aid at Bowdoin »