Transfer admission to Bowdoin is extremely competitive; we are able to admit only a small percentage of those students seeking to transfer in the fall. We generally receive between 150-200 transfer applications, and we admit five to twenty candidates.
Although Bowdoin sets no cut-off guidelines, successful candidates usually submit college work of honors quality: "B" work or better, or a GPA of no lower than 3.0.
Application: Common Application. The application opens in August.
Deadline: March 1
Notification: Candidates will receive their decision via their Application Portal in late April to early May.
Contact: Assistant Dean of Admissions Evan Shoaf at firstname.lastname@example.org
Should I apply as a transfer or a first-year student?
If you have matriculated at another college or university; that is, if you have enrolled in a degree-granting program, then you should apply as a transfer student. However, if you have taken some college-level work while enrolled in secondary school then you should apply as a first-year candidate. 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.
Required Application Materials
|College Report||A document filled out and submitted by a school official at the applicant's current institution.|
|College Transcript||An official transcript that includes all completed college work. To be considered official, the transcript must be sent by a school official.|
|Final High School Transcript||A transcript containing grades 9-12 including a graduation date sent by a school official.|
|College Academic Evaluations (2)||Letters of recommendation from a professor, instructor, lecturer or teaching assistant at the applicant's current institution. The letters must be sent directly by the recommender.|
|English Proficiency Test Scores (Optional for international students)||English proficiency tests are optional for all international students; we will review your scores if you choose to include them with your application. You may submit results from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), International English Language Testing System (IELTS), Duolingo English Test (DET), or Cambridge English Assessment (CEA).
Please note that we do not offer English as a Second Language courses at Bowdoin so all incoming students are expected to be highly proficient in spoken and written English at a college level.
Electronically: We receive materials through a multitude of electronic services, including but not limited to: Parchment, National Student Clearinghouse, SCOIR and Slate.org
Mail: Bowdoin College Office of Admissions, 5000 College Station, Brunswick, ME 04011
Optional Application Materials
|Mid-Term Report||If an applicant's current institution offers a Mid-Term Report, we welcome the additional information, but it is not required. The report must include updates on second semester coursework including grades, instructor comments, and the instructor's signature. The report must be sent directly by a school official by April 1.|
|Standardized Test Scores||Any applicant who indicates that they would like their SAT or ACT test scores considered during the application process, may self-report the scores via the applicant's portal under Testing and Preferences. We also accept copies of score reports sent by a school official or applicant. Learn more about our Test-Optional Policy.|
|Video Response||The Optional Video Response will become available in the applicant's portal after we receive the applicant's Common Application. The deadline to submit the Optional Video Response is March 15.|
Interviews are not available for Transfer candidates. As an alternative, students are encouraged to complete the Optional Video Response. A link to complete the video can be found in your Application Portal after your application has been submitted.
All financial aid at Bowdoin is based upon financial need. We offer no special scholarships based solely on academic, athletic, or artistic achievement.
We have no financial aid for international transfer candidates.
Any student wishing to transfer to Bowdoin who is not currently playing a varsity sport at his or her home institution is eligible to compete on one of Bowdoin’s varsity sports teams. Any student currently playing a varsity college sport wishing to transfer and continue play at Bowdoin should contact the athletic department at (207) 725-3326.
All students transferring to Bowdoin are eligible to play club or intramural sports.
Although we are not able to guarantee housing for transfer students, the admissions office and the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs and Residential Life will assist in any way we can. Transfer students are placed on a housing waiting list and may be accommodated as openings arise during the year. In addition, transfer students can contact other transfer students through our office in order to seek local housing together.
In the event that a transfer student lives off campus during his or her first semester, it is quite likely that on-campus housing will be available during the second semester or in subsequent academic years, at which point a transfer student will be entitled to the same housing privileges as already-enrolled students of the same standing.
The College House System
Transfer students also have the ability to join a College House.
All transfer students, upon their matriculation to Bowdoin, are randomly assigned an affiliation (and sometimes a room) in one of our eight College Houses. The only exception to this rule is a transfer student who requests an affiliation with the chem-free College House, a voluntary community wherein all activities are kept entirely substance free.
College Houses are non-exclusive social, academic, and community organizations that provide a wide variety of entertainment, programming, and services to the campus community.