Our Process

Bowdoin doesn't just create curious, thoughtful, engaged young people. We choose them. 

Bowdoin seeks students who are bright and engaged inside and outside the classroom, and who demonstrate curiosity and a willingness to take intellectual risks

Bowdoin is also a community of diverse backgrounds, beliefs, and experiences. For each entering class, we are interested in students who respect different views, opinions, and backgrounds, and who welcome the challenges associated with such diversity.

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Factors

Of the credentials Bowdoin evaluates, a student's overall academic record is by far the most important. 

Although Bowdoin does not require a prescribed high school program or number of courses, the typical entering first-year student will have had four years each of English, foreign language, mathematics, and social science and three to four years of laboratory sciences.

Everyone who applies to Bowdoin is evaluated individually. Admissions officers pay special attention to:

  • Academic (grade) success
  • Level of course challenge
  • Counselor and teacher recommendations
  • Writing samples
  • Overall academic potential
  • School and community involvement
  • Character and personality
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