2017 Admitted Student Open House

Thursday, April 20 - Saturday, April 22

Congratulations on your admission to Bowdoin!
As you make your final choice of a college or university, we invite you and your family to a Bowdoin College Open House to meet the students, faculty, and staff of the Bowdoin community. The Open House includes student panels and briefings by deans and faculty members, as well as opportunities to explore interests and activities that are important to you.

The deadlines to register are:

  • April 10: for attendees doing an overnight at the college (space is limited, priority given to Regular Decision applicants)
  • April 17: for attending Open House without an overnight at the college

Bowdoin Open House Overnight Release Form-pdf

The Open House is designed for students to spend one or two days exploring the academic and extracurricular offerings of the College. While the program officially begins with breakfast on Thursday morning, your arrival and departure plans, the events you attend, and the time you spend getting to know the surrounding area are yours to determine. Priority for overnight accommodations is given to Regular Decision student. Early Decision students wishing to stay on campus overnight will be placed on a waiting list and notified of space available.

If you have questions about the open house please contact the Admissions Office at (207) 725-3100 or admissions@bowdoin.edu.

Schedule of Events

7:30am - 9:30am Breakfast, Thorne Dining Hall and Moulton Union Dining Hall
8:00am - 4:00pm Check-in and Information Table, Sail Room, Smith Union
8:30am - 4:00pm Attend Bowdoin Classes, (schedule available at check-in)
9:00am - 9:30am President’s Welcome, Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall
9:30am - 10:30am An Open Forum with the Deans, Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall
10:45am - 11:45am Financial Aid and Student Employment Information, Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union
10:45am - 11:45am The First-Year Seminar, A Panel Discussion, Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center
10:45am - 11:45am Beyond Bowdoin, A Career Planning Information Session, Main Lounge, Moulton Union
12:00pm Lunch with Current Bowdoin Students, Polar Bear Statue
12:00pm Boxed Lunch for Visiting Parents, Daggett Lounge, Thorne Dining Hall
1:00pm – 2:00pm Off-Campus Study: Panel Discussion, Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union
1:00pm – 2:00pm The First Year Seminar, Kresge Auditorium, Visual Art Center
1:00pm – 2:00pm Beyond Bowdoin, Main Lounge, Moulton Union
2:15pm – 3:15pm The Transition to Bowdoin, Main Lounge, Moulton Union
2:15pm – 3:15pm Financial Aid and Student Employment Information Session, Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union
2:15pm – 3:15pm Research and Field Work: Beyond the Classroom, Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center
3:30pm – 4:30pm The Transition to Bowdoin, Main Lounge, Moulton Union
3:30pm – 4:30pm Community-Engaged Learning, Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center
4:30pm Parent portion of the Open House program ends
4:30pm - 5:30pm Meet Your Overnight Hosts, Sargent Gym
5:00pm - 6:00pm The Bowdoin Orient Open Hours, Orient House
5:30pm - 7:00pm Asian Studies Program: Japanese Table, Hutchinson Room, Thorne Dining Hall
5:30pm - 7:30pm Romance Languages: Hispanic Studies Table, Pinette Dining Room, Thorne Dining Hall
5:45pm - 6:45pm Multicultural Open House, Center for Multicultural Life, 30 College Street
6:00pm - 7:00pm Improv Workshop with Professor David Robinson, Wish Theater, Memorial Hall
6:00pm – 7:00pm LGBTIQA Dinner, Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, 24 College Street
6:00pm – 7:00pm Open Rehearsal with Professor Aretha Aoki and Her Students In Modern III: Repertory and Performance, Studio 210, Edwards Center for Art and Dance
6:15pm - 7:15pm Bowdoin College Museum of Art Tour, Bowdoin College Museum of Art
6:30pm - 7:15pm Multicultural Dinner, Daggett Lounge, Thorne Dining Hall
7:00pm – 8:00pm Artist Talk: Chris E. Vargas, Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center
7:00pm - 8:00pm Bowdoin A Cappella Ensemble, Chapel
7:00pm - 8:00pm Bowdoin Finance and Business, Peter Buck Center for Health and Fitness, Room 211
7:00pm – 8:00pm Bowdoin Faith Groups Meet and Greet, 30 College Street
7:00pm - 8:00pm Drop-In Hours at the Museum, Bowdoin College Museum of Art
7:00pm - 8:00pm Chem-Free Q&A, Residential Life, Dudley Coe
7:30pm - 8:30pm Asexual and Aromantic Community for Education Meeting, Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, 24 College Street
7:30pm - 8:30pm Mock Trial, Room 208, Adams Hall
8:00pm - 9:15pm Beyond the Proscenium, 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Sargent Gymnasium, Smith Union *Please arrive a few minute early to pick up a free ticket at the door*
8:00pm - 9:00pm Art Society: Open Meeting, Shannon Room, Hubbard Hall
8:00pm - 9:00pm Improvabilities, Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center
8:00pm - 9:30pm Maine Street Tour Featuring Gelato Fiasco, Meet at the Polar Bear Statue
8:00pm - 10:00pm Arts and Crafts, Craft Center
8:15pm - 9:45pm Peucinian Society, Faculty Room, Massachusetts Hall
9:00pm - 10:00pm Latin American Student Organization, 30 College Street
9:00pm - 10:00pm Office Hours Improv, Kresge Auditorium
9:00pm - 11:00pm Band Night, Chase Barn
9:30pm - 10:30pm Tunes and Treats, Quinby House, Macmillan House
10:00pm - 1:00am Dining Service: Super Snacks, Thorne Dining Hall
10:30pm - 12:00am Bowdoin Outing Club: S'mores, Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center
10:30pm - 12:00am Open Gym, Sargent Gymnasium
11:00pm - 12:30 am Game Night, Game Room, Smith Union
11:30pm - 12:30 am Haunted Campus Tour, Meet at Bowdoin Admissions, 255 Maine Street

7:30am - 9:30am Breakfast, Thorne Dining Hall and Moulton Union Dining Hall
8:00am - 4:00pm Check-in and Information Table, Sail Room, Smith Union
8:30am - 4:00pm Attend Classes (schedule available at check-in)
9:00am - 9:30am President's Welcome, Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall
9:30am – 10:30am An Open Forum with the Deans, Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall
10:45am – 12:00pm Faculty Academic Fair, Morrell Gymnasium
12:00pm Lunch with Current Bowdoin Students, Polar Bear Statue
12:00pm Boxed Lunch for Visiting Parents, Daggett Lounge, Thorne Dining Hall
12:30pm - 1:30pm Common Hour Student Ensemble Performances, Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall
1:00pm - 2:00pm Maine and the Environment, Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall
1:00pm - 3:00pm Off Campus Study Drop In Hours, Center for Co-Curricular Opportunities, 116 Moulton Union
1:00pm - 5:00pm Sustainable Bowdoin's Earth Day Celebration, Main Quad in front of Art Museum
1:45pm - 2:30pm Financial Aid and Student Employment Information Session, Main Lounge, Moulton Union
1:45pm - 2:30pm The First Year Seminar, Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center
1:45pm - 2:30pm Beyond Bowdoin, Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union
2:45pm - 3:30pm The Transition to Bowdoin, Main Lounge, Moulton Union
2:45pm - 3:30pm Beyond Bowdoin, Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union
2:45pm - 3:30pm Research and Field Work: Beyond the Classroom, Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center
2:45pm - 3:30pm Music at Bowdoin, Room 101, Gibson Hall
3:00pm - 4:00pm Latin Tea, Peucinian Room, Sills Hall
3:30pm - 4:30pm African American Society Open Meeting, John Brown Russwurm African American Center
3:45pm - 4:30pm Community-Engaged Learning, Beam Classroom, Visual Arts Center
3:45pm - 4:30pm Financial Aid and Student Employment Information Session, Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union
3:45pm - 4:30pm The Transition to Bowdoin: Conversations Around First Generation Students and Students of Color Experiences on Campus, Main Lounge, Moulton Union
4:00pm - 11:00pm Relay for Life, Smith Union
4:30pm Parent portion of the Open House program ends
4:30pm - 5:30pm Practice for Life--Making Decisions in College, Shannon Room, Hubbard Hall
4:30pm - 5:30pm Meet Your Overnight Hosts, Sargent Gym
5:00pm - 6:00pm Cookie Baking, Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, 24 College Street
5:00pm - 6:30pm Shabbat Candle Lighting, 30 College Street
5:30pm - 7:00pm Continuing the Conversation, Reserved Tables in Thorne Hall
6:00pm - 7:00pm Sex and Sexuality at Bowdoin, Resource Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity, 24 College Street
6:00pm - 7:00pm Shakespeare Works with Professor Abigail Killeen, Wish Theater, Memorial Hall
7:00pm - 8:00pm Bowdoin A Cappella Ensemble, Chapel
7:00pm - 8:00pm An Evening with G Yamazawa, Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center
7:00pm - 8:00pm QuestBridge Scholars and Quest for Excellence, 30 College Street
7:00pm - 9:00pm Muslim Student Association, 24 College Street
7:30pm - 8:30pm Literary Groups Panel, Orient House
8:00pm - 9:15pm Beyond the Proscenium: 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, Sargent Gymnasium, Smith Union *Please arrive a few minute early to pick up a free ticket at the door*
8:00pm - 9:00pm Bowdoin Student Government Panel, Faculty Study Room, Third Floor, Massachusetts Hall
8:00pm - 9:00pm Dance Show and Workshop, Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center
8:00pm -10:00pm Arts and Crafts, Craft Center
8:30pm - 9:30pm Bowdoin Women in Computer Science, Room 223, Searles Science Building
9:00pm - 10:00pm Office Hours Improv, Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center
9:00pm - 10:30pm Maine Street Tour featuring Gelato Fiasco, Meet at the Polar Bear Statue
9:15pm - 11:00pm Open Mic Night, Jack Magee's Pub, Smith Union
9:30pm - 10:30pm Tunes and Treats, Macmillan House
10:00pm - 1:00am Dining Services: Super Snacks, Thorne Dining Hall
10:30pm - 12:00am Bowdoin Outing Club: S'mores, Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center
11:00pm - 1:00am Game Night, Game Room, Smith Union
11:30pm - 12:30am Haunted Campus Tour, Meet at Bowdoin Admissions, 255 Maine Street

8:30am -10:30am Coffee with the Admissions Counselors, Main Lounge, Moulton Union
10:30am Women's Rugby Polar Bear 7's Tournament, Pickard Fields
11:30am Women's Track Aloha Relays, Magee Track
11:30am Women's Lacrosse vs. Colorado College, Ryan Field
12:00pm Softball vs. Tufts, Pickard Fields
1:00pm Men's Lacrosse vs. Endicott, Ryan Field
3:00pm Softball vs. Colby vs. Tufts, Pickard Fields

Campus Tours

9:30, 11:30, 1:30, 3:30 - Thursday and Friday

11:30 Saturday

Tours leave Admissions and last one hour.

Residence Tours

3:30 Thursday and Friday

Meet at the Polar Bear Statue.

Arts and Athletic Facilities Tours

2:30 Thursday and Friday

Meet at the Polar Bear Statue.

Docent-Led Museum Tours

2:30 Thursday and Friday

Meet at the Polar Bear Statue.