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.

I'm working with QuestBridge, 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.

If you are interested in applying Early Decision II, you can notify us on Bowdoin's QuestBridge Supplement. The deadline for applying Early Decision II (a binding process that requires an ED Agreement) and Regular Decision is January 1.

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: 

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. Please email Claudia Marroquin ( for the Bowdoin Questbridge Supplement.

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.

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

Bowdoin waives the application fee for QuestBridge finalists. 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 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 »

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 indicate on the QuestBridge Supplement whether 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 QuestBridge Supplement.