Homeschooled Students

Bowdoin College considers applications from qualified homeschool students and recognizes homeschooling as a viable alternative to public/private education. 

All such applications receive especially careful consideration in our evaluation process. Please review our deadlines and requirements for all applicants to the College, in addition to these guidelines specific to Homeschooled candidates.

Homeschooled candidates should feel free to utilize the additional information section in their application to provide pertinent information not otherwise covered by the standard questions. Homeschooled students should submit official transcripts from any courses taken in a community college, summer program, or online course provider. We welcome supplemental curriculum documentation or descriptions, and those can be forwarded to homeschool@bowdoin.edu.

Testing Requirement

Homeschool applicants are required to submit ACT test results OR SAT test results with two or more SAT Subject Test results. 

Letters of Recommendation

All applicants to Bowdoin must submit a counselor recommendation and two teacher evaluations. The counselor recommendation and the Secondary School Report should be completed by the applicant’s parent, primary instructor or home school network supervisor. We prefer that the teacher evaluations are submitted by a non-relative instructor that has been directly involved with the student’s academic experience. Additional outside recommendations from an employer, tutor, coach, member of the clergy, etc. may also be submitted as supplementary material.


Q: Is an interview required for homeschooled applicants?

A: While an interview isn't required, we strongly encourage homeschool students to complete an on- or off-campus interview.

Learn more about Bowdoin interviews »

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