Admitted Student Open House

Thursday, April 16 - Saturday, April 18


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.

*Some Brunswick hotels offer discounts for rooms during your Open House or Experience visit. Please mention that you will be visiting for the Bowdoin Open House or the Experience program when you make your reservations at the following hotels:

  • The Daniel
  • Brunswick Inn
  • Best Western
  • Brunswick Hotel and Tavern
  • Comfort Inn
  • Fairfield Inn

Registration

Please register using the link below. The deadlines to register are:
April 6: for attendees doing an overnight at the college (space is limited, priority given to Regular Decision applicants)
April 13:
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.

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

Register for the Bowdoin Open House

Guidebook
As you plan your trip to Bowdoin (and especially while you're on campus) be sure to use the Bowdoin Open House Guide on your smart phone. There you'll find a digital campus map, suggestions for off-campus dining, and schedule updates. Download the Guidebook app to your smart phone or tablet to get started. In Guidebook, enter the Redeem Code "bowdoin2019" to add the Bowdoin Open House Guide.

A campus map is available online and in the open house booklet mailed with your acceptance letter.

Directions and Parking

Bowdoin College is located in Brunswick, Maine, 25 miles north of Portland, ME and 120 miles north of Boston, MA. Directions to Bowdoin's campus are available online.

All Open House visitors should park at the Farley Field House lotTo reach Farley Field House lot: Take College Street to Coffin Street and make a right onto Coffin. Take that to Longfellow Ave. and make a left onto Longfellow. Go one block and make a right onto Harpswell Rd., turning right, almost immediately into the Farley Field House parking lot.

Parking lots designated for those with blue faculty/staff stickers are available to visitors.

Note: Please do not park in the following areas: handicapped spaces unless applicable, emergency vehicle spots, or fire lanes. If you have questions about parking, call the Security Office at (207) 725-3314.

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
9:00am - 9:30am President’s Welcome, Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall
9:30am - 2:25pm Attend Bowdoin Classes, Schedule also available at check-in
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 The First Year Seminar, A Panel Discussion, Kresge Auditorium, Visual Art Center
1:00pm – 2:00pm Beyond Bowdoin College, 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, 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 Engagement, Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center
4:30pm Parent portion of the Open House program ends
4:30pm Meet Your Overnight Hosts, Sargent Gym
4:30pm - 6:00pm Bowdoin Orient, Preview of Student Newspaper, 12 Cleveland Street
5:30pm - 6:30pm Open House with Appetizers and A Cappella, Quinby, Ladd and Macmillian Houses
5:30pm – 7:30pm Russian Department: Russian Table, Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room
5:30pm - 6:30pm LGBTIQA Dinner, Open to All LGBTIQA Students and Allies, 24 College Street
5:30pm – 7:30pm Romance Languages: Spanish Table, Thorne Hall, Pinette Dining Room
7:00pm - 8:00pm Bowdoin Mock Trial: Open Practice, Room 202, Adams Hall
7:00pm - 8:00pm Student Arts Exhibition, A tour of galleries of student's work, Edwards Front Gallery
7:00pm - 9:00pm Francophone Film Festival: Film Screening, Sister (L'Enfant d'en haut) Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall
7:00pm Thursday Night Salon at the Museum of Art, Bowdoin College Museum of Art Pavillion
7:00pm - 8:00pm Bowdoin A Cappella Ensemble, Chapel
7:00pm – 8:00pm Bowdoin Faith Groups Meet and Greet, 30 College Street
7:30pm -8:30pm Education Society: Open Meeting, McKeen Study, Massachusetts Hall
7:30pm -8:30pm Asian Student Association Calligraphy Night, Smith Union
8:00pm - 9:00pm Beyond the Proscenium: Open Dress Rehearsal for "Spring Awakening", Chase Barn/Boody-Johnson House
8:00pm - 9:00pm Spring Dance Concert, Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall - tickets available for pick-up at Smith Union Information Desk
8:00pm - 9:30pm Open Mic Night - Quinby House
8:00pm - 10:00pm Polar Bear Swing Dance, Howell House
8:00pm - 11:00pm Pub Night: Trivia Night, Magee's Pub
9:00pm - 10:00pm Maine Street Tour Featuring Gelato Fiasco, Meet at the Polar Bear Statue
9:00pm - 10:00pm Latin American Student Organization: Open Meeting, 30 College Street
9:30pm - 10:30pm Improvabilities, Krege Auditorium
10:00pm - 1:00am Dining Service: Super Snacks, Thorne Dining Hall
10:00pm - 3:00am Bowdoin's Student-Owned Food Truck, Between Smith Union and Dudley Coe Building
10:00pm - 12:00am Bowdoin Outing Club: S'mores, Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center
10:00pm - 1:00am Game Club: Game Night, Smith Union Game Room
10:30pm - 11:30pm Dodge Ball, Sargent Gymnasium
11:00pm - 12:00 am Self Guided 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
9:00am - 9:30am President's Welcome, Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall
9:30am - 2:25pm Attend Bowdoin Classes, Schedule also available at check-in
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 Moment of Silence to support our LBGTIQA community, Bowdoin Museum of Art steps
12:30pm - 1:30pm Common Hour Student Ensemble Performances, Kanbar Auditorium, Studzinski Recital Hall
1:45pm - 2:30pm Financial Aid and Student Employment Information Session, Main Lounge, Moulton Union
1:45pm - 2:30pm The First Year Seminar, A Panel Discussion, Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center
1:45pm - 2:30pm Beyond Bowdoin College, Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union
2:45pm - 3:30pm The Transition to Bowdoin, Main Lounge, Moulton Union
2:45pm - 3:30pm Beyond Bowdoin College, Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union
2:45pm - 3:30pm Research and Field Work: Beyond the Classroom, Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center
3:00pm - 4:00pm Latin Tea, Peucinian Room, Sills Hall
3:00pm - 4:00pm Open Rehearsal: Student dance groups Arabesque and Vague host an open rehearsal of their current performance pieces, Dance Studio, Edwards Arts Studio
3:45pm - 4:30pm Community Engagement, Kresge Auditorium, Pickard Theater
3:45pm - 4:30pm Financial Aid and Student Employment Information Session, Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union
4:00pm - 5:00pm African-American Society Open Meeting, John Brown Russworm African-American Center
4:30pm Parent portion of the Open House program ends
4:30pm Meet Your Overnight Hosts, Sargent Gym
4:30pm - 6:30pm Cooking with Bowdoin Food Co-op, 30 College Street
5:00pm - 6:00pm Bowdoin Women in Computer Science, Room 120, Searles Hall
5:30pm - 6:30pm Open House with Appetizers and A Cappella, Quinby, Ladd and Macmillian Houses
5:30pm Hillel: Weekly Candle Lighting, 30 College Street
7:00pm - 8:00pm Bowdoin A Cappella Ensemble, Chapel
7:00pm - 8:00pm Multicultural Student Leaders Meet and Greet, 30 College Street
7:00pm - 8:00pm Student Panel on Chem-Free Housing, Howell House
7:00pm - 8:00pm Bowdoin A Cappella Ensemble, Chapel
7:00pm - 8:00pm Asian Student Association, Taste of the Teas of Asia, MacMillan House
7:00pm - 9:00pm Film Society: Film Screening, Smith Auditorium
7:00pm -10:00pm Contra Dance Workshop hosted by The Office of Religious Life and the Bowdoin Outing Club, Daggett Lounge
7:30pm - 8:30pm Bowdoin Literary Groups, Orient House
8:00pm - 9:00pm Masque and Gown: An Original One-Act Performance, Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center
8:00pm - 9:00pm Spring Dance Concert, Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall - tickets available for pick-up at Smith Union Informational Desk
8:00pm - 10:00pm Beyond the Proscenium: Performance of "Spring Awakening", Chase Barn/Boody Johnson House
9:00pm - 10:30pm Open Mic Night, Magee's Pub, Smith Union
10:00pm - 1:00am Relay for Life, Farley Field House
10:00pm - 1:00am Dining Services: Super Snacks, Thorne Dining Hall
10:00pm - 12:00am Bowdoin Outing Club: S’mores, Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center
10:00pm - 1:00am Open Mic Night, Magee's Pub, Smith Union
10:00pm - 1:00am Campus Wide Rave at Howell House
10:00pm - 3:00am Campus Food Truck, Student-Owned Food Truck, between Smith Union and Dudley Coe Building
10:30pm - 11:30pm Dodgeball, Sargent Gymasium
10:30pm - 11:30pm Treefarm Performance, Magee's Pub, Smith Union
11:00pm - 12:00am Self Guided Haunted Campus Tour, Meet at Bowdoin Admissions, 255 Maine Street

10:00am Women's Tennis vs. Middlebury, Pickard Tennis Courts
11:30am Women's Track: Aloha Relays, Magee-Samuelson Track, Whittier Field
1:00pm Men’s Lacrosse vs. Wesleyan, Howard F. Ryan Field
2:00pm Men’s Tennis vs. Middlebury, Pickard Tennis Courts

Campus Tours


9:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm
Thursday and Friday Athletic Facilities Tours will depart from the Polar Bear Statue
2:15 pm
Thursday and Friday Art Facilities Tours will depart from the Polar Bear Statue
2:15 pm
Saturday Campus Tours will depart from the Admissions Office
11:30am