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.
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
*Testing data for those who submitted with an application.
Learn more about our test-optional policy.
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.