Explore Bowdoin 2015

The Explore Bowdoin program offers high-achieving students from diverse backgrounds, who might otherwise be unable to visit, the opportunity to spend three days on Bowdoin's campus. Because we understand that traveling may pose a significant financial burden for many families, the College covers the entire cost of the trip, including all transportation (by plane, Amtrak, or bus) and meals. Please note that preference is given to applicants who demonstrate financial need. Students spend Thursday to Sunday on the Bowdoin College campus. Students will arrive on Bowdoin's campus throughout the day on Thursday (travel day) and depart very early on Sunday. The program provides an excellent opportunity to visit the College, meet our students and faculty, sample our wonderful food, and learn more about life at Bowdoin. While on campus, you will experience many of the academic opportunities and social activities that Bowdoin students enjoy. Participants stay with current students in campus housing, attend classes, receive personal admissions interviews, and attend information sessions on admissions and financial aid.  You will see that academic excellence, leadership, creativity, and character are hallmarks of a Bowdoin education. 

"The students as well as the faculty at Bowdoin are absolutely amazing, I felt like I fit right in and I didn't want to leave."

"My host and all of her friends made me feel really welcome, and they showed me that Bowdoin is truly a community of kind, intelligent, friendly scholars who can have fun while also studying hard. It was a fabulous experience that I will never forget."

"The whole program was one of the best I have ever been on! Thanks to the weekend, Bowdoin is definitely my top choice for college!"

Students may choose from one of the program dates. The program dates for 2015 are: September 17-20, 2015 and October 22-25, 2015.  Please make sure that you do not have any scheduling conflicts for the date that you are selecting. Be advised that October 24th is an ACT test date; please plan accordingly as students will not be able to take the ACT in Maine if they are participating in the October program. If you have any questions about the program call or email Claudia Marroquin at (207) 725-3066, cmarroqu@bowdoin.edu or call Pat Folger at (207) 725-3878. Completed applications must be received by the program application deadlines of August 21, 2015 for the September program and September 25, 2015 for the October program.

The application deadlines for the October program has passed.  Given the large number of application received for the program, we will not be able to make exceptions for any late submissions.  Students will be notified of our decision, via email, by October 7th. 

In addition to completing the online application, students will need to send a copy of their transcript (an unofficial copy is acceptable) for consideration.  Transcripts must show final grades through the end of the student's junior year.  Transcripts can be faxed to (207) 725-3101 or emailed to explore@bowdoin.edu.  The transcript must be received by the deadline for the application to be considered complete.  Applicants will be notified, via email, shortly after the application deadline regarding our selection for the programs.


Claudia Marroquin '06
Associate Dean of Admissions &
Director of Multicultural Recruitment