Explore Bowdoin

Pull up a seat and join us for Explore Bowdoin this fall where you'll get a head start on the college application process

If you are a high-achieving, low-income, and/or first-generation-to-college member of the Class of 2022, then Explore Bowdoin is for you.

We invite you to experience Bowdoin (bo-dun) for yourself—and learn about the college admissions process and financial aid along the way! 

Learn more at an Explore Bowdoin information session.

A 15-minute overview of the program will be followed by an opportunity to ask your questions. Parents and families can join, too.

We're offering a virtual and on-campus program this year. Choose the one that suits you.

Apply to Explore Bowdoin 2021

The Explore Bowdoin application should take 1-2 hours to complete and will consist of the following:

  • Personal and school information
  • High school transcript through the end of junior year
  • Upload graded essay from an academic subject from your junior year
  • One short (200 word) answer

Questions? Email explore@bowdoin.edu

Explore Bowdoin I (virtual program)

Thursday–Saturday, September 30–October 2, 2021
Application deadline: September 8
Not ready to travel? We’re bringing Bowdoin to you! Choose your path through a weekend of online events where you’ll meet potential future classmates and learn about academic and student life at the College. Receive mentoring from an admissions officer and a personal interview. (Did we mention college swag?)

The Admissions Office will cover travel expenses and housing to our spring Open House for virtual participants who are admitted to Bowdoin.

Explore Bowdoin II (on-campus program*)

Thursday–Sunday, October 14–17, 2021
Application deadline: September 8
Spend the weekend at Bowdoin—the trip is on us! Stay with students and attend classes. Eat in the dining halls, check out student clubs and organizations, and experience academic and student life. Bowdoin handles all of the logistics and covers the cost of the trip.

*Please note: all overnight visitors to Bowdoin College this fall must be fully vaccinated for COVID-19. Students applying to Explore Bowdoin II will need to be fully vaccinated by October 14. For students receiving 2-dose vaccinations (Pfizer or Moderna), the second dose must be administered by October 1, 2021 to be eligible to visit.

Who can apply?

Interested high school seniors or other students (US citizens, permanent residents, and undocumented/DACA students living in the US) intending to enter college in Fall 2022 are welcome to apply. Please note that preference is given to applicants from lower income backgrounds, students who will be the first in their families to attend college, and/or who come from diverse backgrounds or rural areas.

Explore Bowdoin is test-optional

Explore Bowdoin is test-optional. Applicants may submit standardized testing or AP, IB, and/or SAT Subject Scores if they would like to.

What you can expect.

Here's what you can expect whether you choose the virtual or on-campus program:

  • Meetings with an admission office mentor.
  • Small group time and conversations with current Bowdoin students.
  • Time to meet and have discussions with faculty.
  • Form new friendships and meet potential future classmates.
  • Learn what it's like to live in Maine. Take a tour of downtown Brunswick.
  • Q&A with Bowdoin's president and the dean of admissions.
  • One-on-one appointments with financial aid counselors.