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Record Number of Applications Submitted for Class of 2009

Story posted March 31, 2005

A record 5,026 applications for admission were submitted by prospective students this year - the first time in Bowdoin College's history that applications surpassed the 5,000 mark.

Of the 5,026 who applied, 1,223 students were offered admission (24.3%). (Last year 4,850 students applied and 1,130 were offered admission.) The incoming Class of 2009 is expected to total 480.

Women account for 654 of the admitted students (54%), and men account for 569 (46%).

Students of color make up 30.8% of admits.

Geographically, New England is represented by 34.5% of admitted students, the mid-Atlantic 22.9%, the west 16.9%, the midwest 8.6%, the south 7.9%, and the southwest 3.6%.

Maine admits were up 8% from last year, and it was a record year for California: an increase of 35% in admitted students.

Forty-nine U.S. states are represented in the admitted group (excluding North Dakota).

International students make up 5.5% of the admits, representing 31 foreign countries.

The Admissions Office will host Open Houses for admitted students April 15, 18, and 22. Each Open House includes a number of special events, such as student panels and briefings by deans and faculty members, and opportunities for students and families to explore the campus and its many activities. The decision deadline for students choosing to matriculate is May 1.

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