About the Class of 2023

No set of statistics or averages can define a Bowdoin student—each of whom are entirely different from one another—but on the whole, the college admits young people who are thoughtful, driven, and curious.

Applicant Pool for the Class of 2023

The acceptance rate for the Class of 2023 was 8.9 percent. The applicant pool consisted of 9,332 candidates.

Applied 9,332
Admitted 832
Enrolled 501

We're Test Optional 

Bowdoin was the first test-optional college in the country—starting fifty years ago, in 1969.  Thirty-one percent of the Class of 2023 chose not to submit test scores. 

Test Scores* SAT EBRW
Median 730 760 33
Middle 50% 700-760 720-790 32-34

*Testing data for those who submitted with an application.  

Learn more about our test-optional policy.

What the Class of 2023 Forgot on Move-In Day at Bowdoin

The 501 members of the Class of 2023 are:

  • 50% men, 50% women
  • 64% from outside of New England
  • 35% students of color
  • 11% international background*
  • 9% Maine residents
  • 16% first generation to earn a four-year degree
  • 14 states with ten or more students (CA, CO, CT, IL, MA, MD, ME, MN, NH, NJ, NY, PA, VA, WA)

*Home or school address or primary citizenship is non-US.  

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