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. These students are still encouraged to have their applications forwarded to Bowdoin. Non-matched students can apply to Bowdoin through Early Decision II or Regular Decision.


More Information

Questions about QuestBridge applications or about the Bowdoin relationship with QuestBridge should be directed to Claudia Marroquin 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?

The easiest way is through the QuestBridge application forwarding process. You will have the ability to notify QuestBridge that you would like your application materials forwarded to Bowdoin and indicate if you'd like to be considered as an Early Decision II or Regular Decision plan.  Students must complete the QuestBridge forwarding form, found in their QuestBridge portal, by December 9, 2015.  Bowdoin will not automatically consider the unmatched applicants in our Regular Decision round. 

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. 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 Novemnber 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 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-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.

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, check the box indicating that you will apply using a fee waiver. Our staff will identify you as a QuestBridge student and waive the application fee.

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 or the Common Application?

Bowdoin does not prefer one application over the other; you can use either. However, you should not submit both applications- you must choose either the Common Application OR the QuestBridge 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. The supplement will be available in the student's application portal once Questbridge has forwarded us a student's application. Students can preview the essay topic 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, you must also submit the Common Application Writing Supplement in order for your application to be considered complete. The supplement is part of the Bowdoin Member page/questions. The Common Application cannot be submitted without the completion of the member page.

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, check the box indicating that you will apply using a fee waiver. Please list QuestBridge as an organization you are affiliated with on your Common Application. Our staff will identify you as a QuestBridge finalist.

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.

If you apply using the Common Application, check the box indicating that you will apply using a fee waiver. Our staff will identify you as a QuestBridge student and waive the application fee.

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 2015-2016 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

$47,744

Room & Board

$13,142

Books & Supplies

$836

Travel

Varies

Personal

$1,250

Required Fees

$468

Health Insurance

Varies

Total

$63,440



How Costs Are Covered

Grants

$59,240

Campus Employment

$1,900

Summer Work Contribution

$2,300

Parental Contribution

$0

Student Savings

$0

Student Loan

$0

Total

$63,440

Policy on Travel Allowance
Your cost of attendance may include a travel allowance. 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. Travel expenses are most often covered by the student's summer and term-time earnings.

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 »