About the Class of 2025

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 2025

The acceptance rate for the Class of 2025 was 8.8 percent. The applicant pool consisted of 9,325 candidates.

Applied 9,325
Admitted 822
Enrolled 520

We're Test Optional 

Bowdoin was the first test-optional college in the country—starting fifty years ago, in 1969. Forty-four percent of the Class of 2025 chose not to submit test scores. 

Test Scores* SAT EBRW
Median 740 760 33
Middle 50% 710-770 730-780 32-34

*Testing data for those who submitted with an application.  

Learn more about our test-optional policy.


(Data on this page is current as of June 2021.)

The Class of 2025 Arrives, Unpacks, and Prepares for Adventures Ahead

Story and photo gallery.

The 520 members of the Class of 2025 are:

  • 51% men, 49% women
  • 71% from outside of New England
  • 40% students of color
  • 12% international background*
  • 8% Maine residents
  • 17% first generation to earn a four-year degree
  • 13 states with ten or more students (CA, CO, CT, FL, IL, MA, MD, ME, NJ, NY, PA, TX, WA)

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

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