Visiting Bowdoin

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 the fall of 2015 and we encourage you to review the complete schedule online and register in advance.

Tours are normally offered weekdays:

July and August
9:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm weekdays and 11:30am on Saturdays 

September
9:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm and 3:30pm weekdays and 11:30am on Saturdays

Register for a Campus Tour

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:

July and August
10:30am and 2:30pm Monday through Friday- *Please note there will be only a 10:30am session on August 31st.

September
10:30am Mondays and Saturdays and 2:30pm Tuesday through Friday

Register for a General Information Session

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 are subject to limited student volunteer host availability on Sunday through Thursday nights from the last week in September through the first week in March. The 2015-16 program begins on September 27th.
  • We do not offer overnight visits on Friday or Saturday nights nor during college break periods.
  • Overnights are for high school seniors and are for one night only.
  • We require a minimum two-week notice.
  • To schedule 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.

A personal interview is strongly encouraged, but not required. On-campus interviews are available to seniors (applying for the Fall of 2016). 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.

Register for an On-Campus Interview

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.

Off-Campus Interviews and High School Visits
Bowdoin offers off-campus alumni interviews to interested high school seniors (applying for the Fall of 2016) 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 alumni off-campus interview, please submit our request form. 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, 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, found here: http://www.bowdoin.edu/admissions/forms/interview/off-campus.shtml. 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.)

Scheduling note:

If you wish to attend a tour and an information session, you need only register for either the tour OR the information session, not both.

Those students scheduling on-campus interviews need only register for the interview.


Information for Group Visits:

We welcome high school students and educators for group tours of campus. Due to the high volume of tour requests we receive, we may not be able to accommodate all groups. Please note we require advance notice of three weeks for group visits. Group Tour Request Form

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

CBB Consortium Counselor Visit Program

Counselors from high schools and community-based organizations interested in our annual tour hosted by the admissions offices at Colby, Bates and Bowdoin should visit our CBB tour webpage for more details and the 2015 event dates.