Bowdoin At A Glance

Class of 2021 Profile

The data below about the entering first-year class are provided to give a glimpse into the high school achievements of enrolling students at Bowdoin.

Numbers alone can never provide a complete picture of the Bowdoin student body, and no individual student is described by an average figure or set of ranges.


Student Background for the Enrolling Class of 2021


Of 501 entering first-years:

  • 49% men, 51% women 
  • 62% from outside of New England 
  • 34% students of color
  • 10% from outside the US
  • 9% Maine residents
  • more than 16% first generation (neither parent has a four-year degree)
  • 13 states with ten or more students:
    CA, CT, FL, IL, MA, MD, ME, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, WA

Admissions Statistics for the Class of 2021


MEN WOMEN TOTAL
Applied 3,013 4238 7251
Admitted 463 525 988
Enrolled 247 254 501

Testing Profile for the Enrolling Class of 2021

Bowdoin was among the first colleges not to require standardized testing starting in 1969.

For those who chose to submit testing: 93% of SAT submitters scored above 650 on SAT EBRW and 94% scored above 650 on SAT M.

SAT EBRW
SAT Math ACT
Median 740 740 33
Middle 50% 710-770 700-770 31-34

Financial Aid

  • Amount devoted to financial aid for 2017–2018 school year: $37 million 
  • Percentage of students employed on campus during the academic year: 68% 
  • 52% of the Class of 2021 receives financial aid 
  • Percentage of students receiving Federal Pell Grants: 14%
  • Average grant for the Class of 2021: $42,000
  • Amount of loan in Bowdoin financial aid packages: $0