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Bowdoin At A Glance

Class of 2018 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 August 25, 2014

Student Background for the Enrolling Class of 2018

Of 503 entering first-years:

  • 51% men, 49% women 
  • 66% from outside of New England 
  • 31% students of color
  • 6% from outside the US
  • 9% Maine residents
  • 12% first generation to attend college
  • 14 states with ten or more students:
    CA, CT, IL, MA, MD, ME, MN, NH, NJ, NY,
    PA, TX, VA, WA

Admissions Statistics for the Class of 2018

Applied 3,042 3,893 6,935
Admitted 510 524 1,034
Enrolled 259 244 503

Academic Profile for the Enrolling Class of 2018

(72% of the class submitted SAT, ACT, or SAT Subject Tests)

Median 720 720 720 33
Middle 50% 690-750 680-760 680-760 32-34
  • 503 students representing 399 high schools
  • 52% from public schools 
  • 48% from independent and parochial schools

Financial Aid Data

  • Amount devoted to financial aid for 2014–2015 school year: $32.5 million 
  • Percentage of students employed on campus during the academic year: 65-70% 
  • 44% of the Class of 2018 receives financial aid 
  • 14% receive Federal Pell Grants 
  • Average grant (for all enrolled students for 2014–2015): $40,025
  • Amount of loan in Bowdoin financial aid packages: $0

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Student Experience


With 33 academic departments, cutting-edge interdisciplinary programs, a flexible curriculum, and lots of opportunity for research, fieldwork, and creativity, a Bowdoin education is highly personal. Learn more »

Campus Life

From the College House system, to the more than 100 student groups and organization, to the new Peter Buck Center for Health and Fitness, students experience a rewarding life beyond the classroom at Bowdoin. Learn more »

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