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Bowdoin Welcomes the Class of 2012

Story posted September 02, 2008

The Bowdoin Community welcomes the Class of 2012, a diverse group numbering 489 students who were selected from 6,033 first-year applications.

The new first-year class comprises 232 women and 257 men.

The Class of 2012 includes 159 students of color, representing roughly a third of the class.

Seven percent of incoming first-years have an international background.

Twelve percent (58 students) are Maine residents, and 61 percent come from outside New England.

New Admissions Web Site

A completely redesigned Admissions site is a task-based, functional site designed for prospective students.

Visitors can find applications as well as information about the faculty, learning environment and campus life.

Further detail on the Class of 2012 is provided here.

The College provides such profile information of the entering first-year class to give Web site visitors a glimpse into the high school achievements of accepted students at Bowdoin. Numbers alone can never provide a complete picture of Bowdoin students, and no individual student is described by an average or median figure. Similarly, the Admissions Committee avoids relying on numbers and statistics to guide its selection process. Rather, Bowdoin takes a thorough and holistic approach that gauges the academic and personal contributions each student has the potential to make to Bowdoin's community. The College hopes that this profile will help students, parents and counselors understand the overall profile of the applicant group; Bowdoin encourages interest and applications from a wide variety of students including but not limited to those whose grades, scores and other standard measurements fit neatly into the profile.

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