Deadlines and Requirements

Here's what you'll need, and when.

Application Deadlines by Type

Application Type Admissions Application Due Financial Aid Application Due Notification Date
Early Decision I Nov. 15 Nov. 15 Mid-December
Early Decision II Jan. 5 Jan. 5 Early February
Regular Decision Jan. 5 Feb. 1 Mid-March
Transfer Mar. 1 Mar. 1 Early May

Financial Aid Deadlines

Application Frequently Asked Questions

Materials Description


Application and personal essay, application fee (nonrefundable) or fee waiver. Applicants to Bowdoin may use the Common Application, Coalition Application, or QuestBridge Application.

Bowdoin Supplement

The Bowdoin Supplement is located within the "Questions" section of the Common Application and Coalition Application; it contains a variety of optional and required questions. The Bowdoin Supplemental Essay is optional. (More information about the essay in the Optional Materials section below.)

QuestBridge applicants will have access to the Bowdoin Supplement through their Bowdoin Application Portal once their application has been submitted to Bowdoin.


(3 required)

Counselor Recommendation: Advisor's estimate of candidate's character and accomplishments.

Teacher Recommendation: An evaluation completed by a teacher who has taught applicant either junior or senior year in an academic core subject (English, math, lab sciences, social sciences, and foreign languages) that appears on their official high school transcript.

Other Recommendation: This may be a second teacher evaluation (who has taught the student in any subject area) or a recommendation from a clergy, coach, community-based organization counselor, employer, peer, or community member who can speak to the applicant's contributions to the wider community or share insights not otherwise captured in the application.

Secondary School Report

Information concerning candidate's school offerings and environment.

Secondary School Record


*A high school diploma or its recognized equivalent is required before enrolling at Bowdoin College. If student matriculates at Bowdoin, the application and transcript become part of his or her permanent record.

Early Decision Candidate Transcripts

Early Decision I applicants must submit first-quarter or first-trimester grades from their final year of secondary school as soon as they are available.

Mid-Year Report OR
Official School Transcript at Mid-Year

Report of mid-year grades and performance.

Application Review

We select students who will join a community in which they will live and work with integrity and fairness. As part of our application review, we may choose to verify the information provided on applications or supplemental materials. Inaccurate or fabricated information may lead to a range of actions, including revocation of an admission offer. Be yourself and be honest—that’s what our community expects of each other, and that’s what we ask of you.


Arts Supplement

Students with a notable visual or performing arts talent may complete the Bowdoin Arts Supplement


  • QuestBridge - November 5
  • ED1 - November 15
  • ED2, RD - January 5
  • Transfer - March 4

Bowdoin Supplemental Essay

The Offer of the College represents Bowdoin’s values. Please reflect on the line you selected and how it has meaning to you. (Limit 250 words)

Optional SAT and ACT scores

Bowdoin does not require that applicants submit SAT or ACT scores for the purpose of admission. For more information, visit our test optional policy.


Bowdoin Financial Aid Application

Instructions and deadlines available at Student Aid.

Video Response

The optional video response will become available in late October once applicants are provided access to their Application Portal.


  • QuestBridge - November 1
  • ED1 - November 26
  • ED2, RD - January 19
  • Transfer - March 15
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