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.

*Data as of May 9, 2017

Student Background for the Enrolling Class of 2021


Of 513 entering first-years:

  • 50% men, 50% women 
  • 62% from outside of New England 
  • 34% students of color
  • 7% 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 461 522 983
Enrolled 255 258 513

Testing Profile for the Enrolling Class of 2020

(Data will be updated to the Class of 2021 when available)
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 CR and 91% scored above 650 on SAT M (testing taken before March 2016).

SAT CR SAT Math SAT Writing ACT
Median 740 730 730 33
Middle 50% 710-770 690-770 690-770 32-34

Financial Aid

  • Amount devoted to financial aid for 2016–2017 school year: $37 million 
  • Percentage of students employed on campus during the academic year: 65% 
  • 52% of the Class of 2021 receives financial aid 
  • More than 16% of the Class of 2021 are First Generation (neither parent holds a four-year degree)
  • Average grant for the Class of 2021: $43,000
  • Amount of loan in Bowdoin financial aid packages: $0