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 1 Nov. 15 Nov. 15 Mid-December
Early Decision 2 Jan. 6 Jan. 6 Early February
Regular Decision Jan. 6 Feb. 1 Mid-March
Transfer Mar. 3 Mar. 3 Early May

Financial Aid Deadlines

Application Frequently Asked Questions

Materials Description
Required for First-Year Applicants


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

Bowdoin Supplement

The Bowdoin Supplement is located within the "Questions" section of the Common Application and as a separate Bowdoin supplement form on the Coalition by Scoir 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.

Material Submission

Electronically: We receive materials through a multitude of electronic services, including but not limited to: Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, SCOIR and
Fax: 207-725-3101
Mail: Bowdoin College Office of Admissions, 5000 College Station, Brunswick, ME  04011 


Should I apply as a first-year or transfer student?

First-year students are students who have never matriculated at another college or university; that is, they have not enrolled in a degree-granting program. Any student who has done so must apply as a transfer studentStudents who have taken some college-level work while enrolled in secondary school should apply as first-year candidates. If you are a veteran or active member of the US military, please contact our veteran liaison for more information and to discuss your options. Students who have already obtained a bachelor’s degree are ineligible for admission to Bowdoin.


Arts Supplement

First-year students with a notable visual or performing arts talent may complete the Bowdoin Arts Supplement


  • QuestBridge - November 9
  • ED1 - November 15
  • ED2 - January 12
  • RD - January 12

Bowdoin Supplemental Essay

The Offer of the College represents Bowdoin’s values. You have the option to reflect on the line you selected and how it has meaning to you. (Optional, with a max of 250 words.)


Navigating through Differences

Bowdoin believes that only through building a more diverse and inclusive campus community will the College best prepare graduates to be contributing and useful citizens of the world. Every graduate of this institution should be confident in their preparation to be able to navigate through differences and in all sorts of situations. A Bowdoin education does not guarantee these skills, but it does impart a set of tools necessary to bravely enter unfamiliar conditions with the confidence to deal effectively with ambiguity.

If you wish, you may share anything about the unique experiences and perspectives that you would bring with you to the Bowdoin campus and community or an experience you have had that required you to navigate across or through difference.  (Optional, with a max of 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 9
  • ED1 - November 28
  • ED2, RD - January 20
  • Transfer - March 15
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