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-Mailing Address
Bowdoin Office of Admission
5000 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011

Admissions Office- GPS Address
255 Maine Street
Brunswick, ME 04011

Phone: 207-725-3100
admissions@bowdoin.edu

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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 and Tavern
  • Best Western
  • 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.

Schedule of Events

Thursday

7:30am - 9:30am Breakfast, Thorne 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 – 7:30pm Russian Department: Russian Table, Thorne Hall, Hutchinson Room
5:30pm - 6:30pm Open House with Appetizers and A Cappella, College Houses
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
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 -8:00pm Education Society: Open Meeting, McKeen Study, Massachusetts Hall
7:30pm -8:30pm Peucinian Society: Open Meeting, Third Floor, Massachusetts Hall
8:00pm - 9:30pm Open Mic Night - Chase Barn/Boody-Johnson House
8:00pm - 9:00pm Art Society: Open Meeting, 24 College Street
8:00pm - 9:00pm Spring Dance Concert, Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall
8:00pm - 10:00pm Bowdoin Outing Club: Fireside Knitting, Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center
8:00pm - 10:00pm Polar Bear Swing Dance, Howell House
8:00pm - 1:00am 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 - 1:00am Self Guided Haunted Campus Tour, Meet at Bowdoin Admissions, 255 Maine Street

Friday

7:30am - 9:30am Breakfast, Thorne 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 - 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
3:45pm – 4:30pm Community-Engaged Learning Courses, Kresge Auditorium, 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, Main Lounge, Moulton Union
4:30pm Parent portion of the Open House program ends
4:30pm Meet Your Overnight Hosts, Sargent Gym
4:30pm - 6:30pm Cookie Baking with Bowdoin Food Co-op, 30 College Street
5:00pm - 6:00pm Bowdoin Women in Computer Science, Room 224, Searles Hall
5:30pm - 6:30pm Open House with Appetizers and A Cappella, College Houses
5:30pm Hillel: Weekly Candle Lighting, 30 College Street
7:00pm - 8:00pm Bowdoin A Cappella Ensemble, Chapel
7:00pm - 8:00pm Student Panel on Chem-Free Housing, Howell House
7:00pm - 8:00pm Bowdoin A Cappella Ensemble, Chapel
7:00pm - 9:00pm Film Society: Film Screening, Smith Auditorium
7:00pm - 8:00pm Film Society: Open Meeting, Chamberlain Hall
7:30pm - 8:00pm Bowdoin Finance and Business, Hubbard West
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
9:00pm - 10:00pm Maine Street Tour Featuring Gelato Fiasco, Meet at Polar Bear Statue
9:00pm - 10:00pm 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 - 11:30pm Treefarm Performance, Magee's Pub, Smith Union
10:00pm - 1:00am Game Club: Game Night, Smith Union Game Room
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
11:00pm - 12:00am Self Guided Haunted Campus Tour, Meet at Bowdoin Admissions, 255 Maine Street

Saturday

10:00am Women's Tennis vs. Middlebury, Pickard Tennis Courts
12:00pm Baseball vs. Trinity
2:00pm Men’s Tennis vs. Middlebury, Pickard Tennis Courts

Campus Tours

Thursday and Friday Campus Tours will depart from the Admissions Office
9:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm, and 3:30pm
Saturday Campus Tours will depart from the Admissions Office
9:30am and 11:30am

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.