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. 1 Jan. 1 Mid. February
Regular Decision Jan. 1 Feb. 1 Early April
Transfer Mar. 1 Mar. 1 Early May
Materials Description
Required

Application

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

Bowdoin Supplemental Essay

An additional short response essay required with your application.

Please note the supplemental essay is located within the member questions section of the Common Application, and is an additional uploaded essay within the Coalition Application. QuestBridge applicants will be asked to complete the essay through their Application Portal.

Counselor Recommendation

Advisor's estimate of candidate's character and accomplishments.

Secondary School Report

Information concerning candidate's school offerings and environment.

Secondary School Record

Transcript*

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.

Teacher Evaluation 1

Form completed by teacher who has taught applicant either junior or senior year in an academic subject that appears on the applicant's official high school transcript.

Teacher Evaluation 2

Form completed by teacher who has taught applicant either junior or senior year in an academic subject that appears on the applicant's official high school transcript.

*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.
Optional

Arts Supplement

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

Deadlines: 

  • ED1 - November 16
  • ED2, RD - January 4
  • Transfer - March 4

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

Students may choose to submit an optional video response.

Deadlines:

  • ED1 - November 30
  • ED2, RD - January 18
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