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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. We encourage you to review the complete schedule online and register in advance.

Tours are normally offered weekdays:

November
9:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm - Saturdays at 11:30 only

*Please note: The Office of Admissions will be closed Nov. 26th, 27th, 28th and the 29th for Thanksgiving Break

December
9:30am, 11:30am, 1:30pm weekdays until December 11th

*Please note: The Office of Admissions will be closed for the holidays starting December 24th through January 2nd

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:

November
Monday and Saturday at 10:30am and Tuesday-Friday 2:30pm

*Please note: The Office of Admissions will be closed Nov. 26th, 27th, 28th and the 29th for Thanksgiving Break

December
There are no information sessions in December

*Please note: The Office of Admissions will be closed for the holidays starting December 24th through January 2nd

 

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.

Bowdoin does not offer summer courses.

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.
  • 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 2015) until December 5, 2014. 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.

Schedule an 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 2015) 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. The deadline to request an alumni off-campus interview is December 5, 2014 at 5pm EST.

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.



Traveling to Bowdoin

GPS Address for the Admissions Office
255 Maine Street
Brunswick, ME 04011
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