Visiting Bowdoin

Led by an Admissions staff member, general information sessions provide a one-hour overview of Bowdoin College and the Bowdoin admissions process. Although we do not require reservations, the information session schedule can vary. We encourage you to review the complete schedule online and register in advance.

General information sessions are normally offered weekdays:

February
Information sessions begin February 19th. Mondays at 10:30am, Tuesday through Friday 2:30pm.

March
Mondays 10:30am, Tuesday through Friday 2:30pm.

April
Mondays 10:30am, Tuesday through Friday 2:30pm. *Please note April 27th offers the 10:30am session only.

Register for a General Information Session

Bowdoin's campus tours are led by current students, depart from the Admissions Office, and last approximately one hour. Although we do not require reservations, the campus tour schedule can vary. Our schedule is available through August of 2017 and we encourage you to review the complete schedule online and register in advance.

Tours are normally offered weekdays:

February
Tours begin February 5th. Monday through Friday 9:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm.

March
Monday through Friday 9:30am, 11:30am and 1:30pm through March 9th--3:30pm tours resume March 12th. Saturday tours resume March 3rd at 11:30am.

April
Monday through Friday 9:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm. Saturdays at 11:30am through April 21st. *Please note there will be 9:30am and 11:30am tours only on April 27th.

Register for a Campus Tour

Class Visits
Experience Bowdoin academics firsthand! Visit an introductory course in a discipline that you have never studied, witness student-faculty discussion in a small interdisciplinary seminar, or observe how our state-of-the-art science center enhances instruction. There are dozens of classes from which to choose in disciplines ranging from Environmental Studies to Africana Studies to Classics.

To arrange to visit a class at Bowdoin:

  • Consult the list of current course offerings
  • Find a class that interests you
  • Note the day and time the course is offered
  • Contact the faculty member via email to request a visit

Faculty emails are available through Bowdoin's online directory.

Please plan to arrive at a class five minutes before it is scheduled to begin to introduce yourself to the instructor. Our faculty ask that you plan to stay for the entire class.

Overnight Visits

  • Overnight visits, subject to volunteer host availability, are available on Sunday through Thursday nights from Sunday, February 4th to Wednesday, March 7th. We do not offer overnights on Friday or Saturday nights.
  • Overnights are for high school seniors and are for one night only.
  • We require a minimum two-week notice.
  • To request an overnight visit, please email Denise Bernier with a preferred date and completed copies of the information form (pdf) and medical permission form (pdf). If emailing copies of the release forms is not possible, they may be faxed to (207) 725-3101.

On-Campus Interviews

A personal interview is strongly encouraged, but not required. Interviews are designed as a give-and-take: the interviewer will guide the course of the conversation, but there'll be plenty of time for you to ask questions about Bowdoin not addressed in other materials.

As a reminder, an interview is not required as part of the application process to Bowdoin.

To cancel an interview, please call the Bowdoin Admissions Office at (207) 725-3231. To reschedule an interview, please use the online scheduler.

Who will interview me on campus?
An admissions staff member or a Bowdoin senior, one carefully selected and trained for this purpose. Interviews have ended for first-year applicants for 2018, and will begin again for Fall 2019 in late May.

Schedule an On-Campus Interview

Transfer Interviews

A small number of on-campus and Skype interviews will be offered in February. More information on our transfer applicant process can be found here.

Off-Campus Interviews and High School Visits

Bowdoin offers off-campus alumni interviews to interested high school seniors (applying for the Fall of 2018) from September through early December each fall. If a visit to Bowdoin isn't possible, an alumni interview in your area is an excellent option. If you have already had an on-campus interview, unfortunately we cannot accommodate an off-campus interview. To sign up for an off-campus alumni interview, please submit our online request form, which will available on September 1st. The deadline to request an alumni interview is December 1st, 2017. Due to the volume of requests, it can take some time to hear back from us. If you have questions, please email admissions@bowdoin.edu.

Note to Chinese Applicants:

Bowdoin accepts independent interviews from vendors, such as Initialview or Vericant, from our Chinese applicants. These interviews will provide you with an opportunity to display your communication and reasoning abilities, as well as your enthusiasm for becoming a successful student at Bowdoin.  Following this conversation, a report and video of your interview will be sent directly to Bowdoin from the vendor.  Please note that any interview for Bowdoin is optional and not a required component of the application; in lieu of an interview, you are welcome to submit one additional letter of recommendation.

We recommend registering early for these opportunities as soon as possible to ensure that your materials arrive in our office before the application deadline.

If this option is a financial burden for you and your family, please utilize the off-campus interview request form. The deadline to request an alumni interview is December 2, 2017. You are eligible for an alumni interview only once you have submitted your application to Bowdoin. Due to the volume of requests, we cannot guarantee the availability of an alumni interview; however, following receipt of your application to Bowdoin, we will make every effort to accommodate your interview request.

Bowdoin admissions officers also visit high schools all over the country and world each year. We sometimes offer off-campus interviews during our fall travel, but most of our staff time is scheduled for high school visits, college fairs, and regional Bowdoin Events. (If you are on our mailing list, look for an email from us detailing our fall travel to your area.)

We welcome high school students and educators for scheduled, hour-long group tours of campus. When planning your group visit, please note:

  • Due to the high volume of visitors throughout the year, we may not be able to grant all requests and can only accommodate groups of fifty students or fewer. 

  • Group visits do not include admissions information sessions.

  • We require advance notice of three weeks.

Request a Group Tour


While Bowdoin welcomes and encourages visits from all students, we are unable to offer guided campus tours for students in grades K-8. For students in grades 6-8, our office can provide a Bowdoin-specific scavenger hunt for the group. As an alternative, please note that the Bowdoin College Museum of Art and Peary MacMillan Arctic Museum are both open for group tours during regular hours and can be contacted to arrange your visit.

For more information, or to cancel your scheduled visit, please call us at (207) 725-3231. We request at least 24 hours notice to cancel a group visit. Information for Bus Parking

*Group tours are unavailable during the months of January, May, and December. The Admissions Office is also closed on Sundays, Memorial Day, Independence Day, and the Wednesday through Saturday of Thanksgiving. Group tours may also be unavailable during periods of heavy admissions traffic.*

Scheduling note:

Students scheduling on-campus interviews do not need to register separately for tours or information sessions.

Check out the Academic Year Calendar to see when students will be on campus.