Explore Bowdoin 2016



The Explore Bowdoin program offers high-achieving high school seniors from diverse backgrounds, who might otherwise be unable to visit, the opportunity to spend three days on Bowdoin's campus. Because we understand that traveling may pose a significant financial burden for many families, the College covers the entire cost of the trip, including all transportation (by plane, Amtrak, or bus) and meals. Students spend Thursday to Sunday on the Bowdoin College campus. Students will arrive on Bowdoin's campus throughout the day on Thursday (travel day) and depart very early on Sunday. The program provides an excellent opportunity to visit the College, meet our students and faculty, sample our wonderful food, and learn more about life at Bowdoin. While on campus, you will experience many of the academic opportunities and social activities that Bowdoin students enjoy. Participants stay with current students in campus housing, attend classes, receive personal admissions interviews, and attend information sessions on admissions and financial aid.  You will see that academic excellence, leadership, creativity, and character are hallmarks of a Bowdoin education. 

All interested high school seniors (U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and undocumented/DACA students living in the United States) are welcome to apply.  Please note that preference is given to applicants from lower income backgrounds and students who will be the first in their family to attend college.

"The students as well as the faculty at Bowdoin are absolutely amazing, I felt like I fit right in and I didn't want to leave."

"My host and all of her friends made me feel really welcome, and they showed me that Bowdoin is truly a community of kind, intelligent, friendly scholars who can have fun while also studying hard. It was a fabulous experience that I will never forget."

"The whole program was one of the best I have ever been on! Thanks to the weekend, Bowdoin is definitely my top choice for college!"

The program dates for 2016 are:

Explore Bowdoin I: September 15-18, 2016   Application Deadline: August 22, 2016

Explore Bowdoin II: November 3-6, 2016      Application Deadlne: September 23, 2016  

Applications will close at 5:00pm EST on both deadline dates.

Students must select one of the program dates.  Students should ensure they do not have any scheduling conflicts for the date selected. Be advised that November 5th is an SAT test date; students will not be able to take the SAT in Maine if they are participating in the November program.

The deadline for the Explore Bowdoin program has passed. The online application is no longer available.

In addition to completing the online application (essay required), students will need to send a copy of their transcript (an unofficial copy and screenshots are acceptable) for consideration.  Transcripts must show final grades through the end of the student's junior year and can be emailed to explore@bowdoin.edu or faxed to (207) 725-3101.  The transcript must be received by the program deadline for the application to be considered complete.  Applicants will be notified, via email, shortly after the application deadline regarding our selection for the programs.  

Please email explore@bowdoin.edu if you have any questions about the program.