Admissions

This is exciting.

And also stressful. And hopeful, and overwhelming, and worth it.

Our job in the Office of Admissions is to help make this time more humane, for you and your family, wherever you are in the process.

A letter from the dean of admissions and student aid to prospective students and families. (October 2020)

Take this time to really explore what Bowdoin has to offer: browse our majors and minors, learn about our location, and get a feel for where you might live, eat, and play

The people you meet here will be your friends, your network, and your community, for life—so find out what makes Bowdoin different, and ask yourself if this place feels like a good fit.
"Applying to Bowdoin: What's Required and What's Optional?"
Some quick reminders and helpful tips for preparing your best application to Bowdoin College. Learn more about requirements and deadlines.

Ready to start the process?

Here are a few things you should know right away:

  • Bowdoin rhymes with explodin'.
  • We're need blind, and we have entirely replaced loans with grants in our aid packages. That means your family can afford Bowdoin.
  • Bowdoin accepts both the Common Application and the Coalition Application.
  • We don't require SAT or ACT test scores... this year, or for the past fifty years. Read more about our history of being test-optional here.
  • If you're a first-generation college student, or are applying for financial aid, we will waive your application fee.

Still exploring?

Bowdoin At a Glance
Virtual Tour

Check out the views with three different virtual campus tours. No signup required!

Contact the Office of Admissions

Mailing address: 5000 College Station, Brunswick, ME 04011
GPS address: 255 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME 04011
Telephone: 207-725-3100
Fax: 207-725-3101
            
We look at an applicant's grades, recommendations, and character. Not their family's income.

Here's how need-blind admission works at Bowdoin