Note: This page was used for Orientation in August 2018. The page will be updated as we approach Spring/Summer of 2019...

Welcome to Bowdoin!

Congratulations on your acceptance to Bowdoin! We are so excited to welcome you to campus. Please make sure to check back for more updates about the arrival of the Class of 2022. 


Before You Arrive

Orientation for the Bowdoin Class of 2022 will begin on Tuesday, August 21st, 2018 for all incoming first-year and transfer students. You will have access to your rooms from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm on that day. Students are not permitted to arrive prior to August 21st. (International students who have been invited to participate in pre-orientation programming will arrive on August 18th).

But more of that later. Here are the things you'll need to do before you arrive:

1. Look for an email from Bowdoin in your personal email account, which you provided during the application process. There you’ll find your Bowdoin username and a temporary password to log into your Bowdoin email account and Blackboard Student Portal to fill out necessary pre-matriculation forms.

2. Start with Blackboard, as that’s where you’ll be able to find links to fill out your online housing preference and register for orientation trips. You will also be able to complete other necessary forms directly in Blackboard and receive updates on Arrival Day, Orientation, and much, much more. Many of these forms do have deadlines, so checking in early is a good idea. Below you can find a list of all important due dates and forms.


Student Employment

For students looking for jobs on campus who opt out of applying for the First Year Job Placement Program, they may also browse the Bowdoin Student Jobx website for position openings or attend the on-campus job fair at the start of the academic year. 

If you think you’ll want to work at Bowdoin, read more about our employment policies and make sure to pack acceptable forms of original ID (i.e. passport, birth certificate, social security card, etc.) to use when filling out the Form I-9. Reference the Bowdoin Student Employment website for more information.

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to reach out to our Orientation Interns, Lianna Harrington '21 and Gillian Raley '21. Orientation office hours are 9:00 am–5:00 pm EST. Contact information can be found in the sidebar. We wish you a lovely summer and look forward to welcoming you in August!

Important Due Dates

Frequently Asked Questions

The following information is designed to provide incoming first-year, transfer, and exchange students with a quick reference source to answer the big questions about arriving on the Bowdoin College campus. You may also email orientation@bowdoin.edu for questions you may have.

For other questions and assistance, please contact Stephanie Rendall, Assistant Dean of First-Year Students at (207) 798-7026 or srendall@bowdoin.edu.

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