Admissions

This is exciting.

And also stressful. And hopeful, and overwhelming, and worth it.

Our job in the Office of Admissions is to help make this time more humane, for you and your family, wherever you are in the process.


Take this time to really explore what Bowdoin has to offer: browse our majors and minors, learn about our location, and get a feel for where you might live, eat, and play.

The people you meet here will be your friends, your network, and your community, for life—so find out what makes Bowdoin different, and ask yourself if this place feels like a good fit.

Ready to start the process?

Here are a few things you should know right away:

  • Bowdoin rhymes with explodin'.
  • We're need blind, and we have entirely replaced loans with grants in our aid packages. That means your family can afford Bowdoin.
  • Bowdoin accepts both the Common Application and the Coalition Application.
  • We don't require SAT or ACT test scores... really. Read more about our history of being test-optional here.
  • If you're a first-generation college student, or are applying for financial aid, we will waive your application fee.

Still exploring?

Bowdoin At a Glance
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Recap: Open House for the Class of 2023
We look at an applicant's grades, recommendations, and character. Not their family's income.

Here's how need-blind admission works at Bowdoin