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Applicant Status At Bowdoin College

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Admissions Statistics

Overall Admissions Statistics
Total Applicants:7,052
Male Applicants:3,078
Female Applicants:3,974
Total Acceptances:1,054
Male Acceptances:516
Female Acceptances:538
Acceptance Rate:15%
Yield: ? 47%
Contact Admissions
Phone:(207) 725-3100
Application Information
Open Admissions:No
Common Application:Yes
Application Fee:$60
Application Web
Dates To Know Deadline Notification
Early DecisionNovember 15, January 1December 15, February 15
Regular Decision January 1 April 5
Must-Reply-By May 1 or within 1 week of notification thereafter
RequiredRecommendedNeither Required
Nor Recommended
HS Rank
HS Transcript
College Prep Courses
Freshmen Enrollment Statistics
Total Freshmen Enrollment:497
Full-Time Male Enrollment:245
Full-Time Female Enrollment:252
Part-Time Male Enrollment:0
Part-Time Female Enrollment:0
Waitlist Statistics
Applicants Placed: ? Not Reported
Applicants Accepting: ? Not Reported
Students Enrolled: ? Not Reported
Transfer Statistics
Applications Received:182
Applicants Accepted:6
Students Enrolled:3

Standardized Tests Statistics

Standardized Test Scores Critical Reading Math Writing Composite (out of)
SAT (25th - 75th Percentile) 680 - 760 680 - 750 690 - 770 2050 - 2280 (2400)
ACT (25th - 75th Percentile) 31 - 34 29 - 34 8 - 10 30 - 33 (36)
General Statistics
Top 10% of HS Class:89%
SAT/ACT Required:Neither
Students Submitting SAT:53%
Students Submitting ACT:27%
SAT Subject Test Requirements
Not Reported

Facts & Statistics

Tips for Getting In
  • Ask intelligent questions.
  • Be engaging and unique in your interview.
  • Be yourself.
  • Get involved in extracurriculars in high school and express your interest in extracurricular opportunities at Bowdoin.
  • Share your passions! Show that you have an activity or project that you deeply care about. One thing Bowdoin students have in common is that they all have passions.
  • Show your quirks! Bowdoin wants interesting people.
  • Take the initiative to contact a department in which you might like to study. Also, contact coaches if you are considering playing a sport.
Things I Wish I Knew Before Coming To School
  • How smart and capable everyone else is.
  • How to ask for help when you are in trouble.
  • How to choose classes and professors wisely.
  • How to do laundry.
  • How to dress for different temperatures.
  • How to live with other people.
  • How to live without a car.
  • How to manage time wisely.
  • How to not overextend yourself.
  • How to play drinking games.
  • How to stay healthy without mom and dad watching over you.
  • Signing up for a Pre-Orientation trip is a way to meet other new students and have tons of fun!
  • There are many themed parties in the social houses, so bring themed clothing ('80s, Middle School, Toga, Pirate, etc.) if you wish to attend.
Interviews & Information Sessions
The admission staff conducts interviews most weekdays throughout the year, but because of the time involved in reviewing applications, no interviews will be conducted from January 1 through May 1. To make an appointment, call (207) 725-3100 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern). Off-campus interviews can be scheduled from September 1 through December 15. However, interviews are not required, so your application will not be incomplete without one.

General information sessions are also offered and provide a one-hour overview of the College. Reservations are not required but are strongly encouraged.
Campus Tours
Tours last about an hour and are usually offered Monday through Friday at 9:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 1:30 p.m. through early December. Tours resume in February. Reservations are not required, but visitors are encouraged to register online ahead of time.
Overnight Visits
Overnight visits for high school seniors can be scheduled by calling (207) 725-3119. Overnight visits are limited by availability of student volunteer hosts. Official visits are only done Sunday through Thursday because the school doesn't want prospective students to be staying overnight when there is a high frequency of partying. You must register a minimum of two weeks before your visit.
Did You Know?
  • A select number of prospective students who would increase the diversity of the student body at Bowdoin are invited to attend special programs in the fall and spring.
  • During your visit, a good way to see if Bowdoin is a good fit is to spend some time just wandering around campus, immersing yourself among the students, and seeing if you feel comfortable in the atmosphere. Bowdoin can seem really appealing when it's being sold by admissions and all of its pamphlets. Of course, Bowdoin is a wonderful place, but it's not for everyone-get a feel for the campus without the bells and whistles.
  • Those who hold affection for Bowdoin can get exasperated with the butchering of the college's name. While people who haven't heard of Bowdoin may pronounce it Bodine, Boodin, Boedwin, Bowdown, or Bowden, it's not that complicated: Bow (as in a "bow-tie") + din (with a short "i", as in a loud or harsh noise). Students, however, may refer to the school with adoration by using the term "Bobo."
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