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 for yourself—and learn about the college admissions process and financial aid along the way! 

Update to Explore Bowdoin 2021

Due to an abundance of caution and evolving conditions with the COVID-19 Delta variant, we have made the difficult decision to shift Explore Bowdoin 2 to a virtual experience. If you wish to change the program you applied for (or be considered for both), please email explore@bowdoin.edu by September 8.

Explore Bowdoin 1 (virtual)
September 30–October 2, 2021

Explore Bowdoin 2 (virtual)
October 14–17, 2021

Apply to Explore Bowdoin 2021

Deadline: September 8, 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


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.


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 from our virtual programs:

  • 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.