Story posted April 26, 2010
They poured onto campus from all corners of the country, 372 of the 1,186 students admitted to Bowdoin's Class of 2014.
Bowdoin's Open Houses—April 12, 16, 19, 2010—gave these high school seniors and their families a power-boost of Bowdoin academics, athletics, arts, campus tours, student panels and social activities.
Listen to what some Bowdoin hopefuls had to say about their impressions of the College:
For many, it confirmed Bowdoin as their top choice for college.
"We organize these days to let students and their families see and experience Bowdoin directly," notes Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Scott Meiklejohn. "For some, it's a repeat visit. Others are stepping onto campus and into our classrooms for the first time.
"It's a big decision and most of these students have many excellent colleges to choose from. Ultimately, it comes down to fit. Students need to be able to see themselves here."
One student described the sense of community he felt at the College on a previous visit: "I spent one night at Bowdoin in the fall and kids had exams the next day and they stayed up with me talking till 2 a.m. Not having known me until I arrived on campus at 10. They told me how Bowdoin was for them, how they felt coming from Atlanta or California. Just how they saw things and how pumped they were to be here. I'm confident I'm coming to Bowdoin. I don't see anywhere else I should be."
Admitted students have until May 1, 2010, to accept the College's offer of admittance. The final number of incoming first-years is expected to be approximately 485 students.