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Bowdoin At A Glance

Class of 2017 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.

*Data as of July 15, 2013

Student Background for the Enrolling Class of 2017

Of 497 entering first-years:

  • 49% men, 51% women 
  • 65% from outside of New England 
  • 30% students of color
  • 7% from outside the US
  • 9% Maine residents
  • 12% first generation to attend college
  • 10 states with ten or more students:
    CA, CT, IL, ME, MA, NH, NJ, NY, PA, TX

Admissions Statistics for the Class of 2017

Applied 3,078 3,974 7,052
Admitted 515 538 1,053
Enrolled 245 252 497

865 students applied Early Decision for the Class of 2017; 219 enrolled

Academic Profile for the Enrolling Class of 2017

(76% of the class submitted a standardized test score)

Median 720 720 730 32
Middle 50% 680-760 680-750 690-770 30-33
  • 497 students representing 403 high schools
  • 51% from public schools 
  • 49% from independent and parochial schools

Financial Aid Data

  • Amount devoted to financial aid for 2013–2014 school year: $32.5 million 
  • Percentage of students employed on campus during the academic year: 65-70% 
  • 46.4% of the Class of 2017 receives financial aid 
  • 14% receive Federal Pell Grants 
  • Average grant (for all enrolled students for 2013–2014): $36,600
  • Amount of loan in Bowdoin financial aid packages: $0

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