Bowdoin College

Brunswick, Maine
4-year Private university


Bowdoin College is a private institution established in 1794 with suburban located at Brunswick.It is ranked 9th  National Liberal Arts Colleges in 2024 edition of Best Colleges..It practices a semester-based academic calendar. Bowdoin was a men’s college until 1971, when the school admitted its first female students. It was also one of the first selective schools to make the SAT and ACT optional on its application in 1969. More than half of Bowdoin students study abroad for a semester through more than 100 affiliated academic programs.

#9 in National Liberal Arts Colleges
Location Brunswick, Maine
Type 4-year Private
Year Founded 1794
Selectivity Very High
Size Small
1,915 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Social Sciences
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Computer And Information Sciences And Support Services
  • Education
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • History
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Natural Resources And Conservation
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $53,922
Outstate Tuition Fee $53,922
Room and Board Fees $17,690
$49,024 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


9% (Very High Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Most Difficult
$65 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
-- Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Not Required
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Recommended
SAT Subject Test Considered
Essay or Personal Statement Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp
Other Applications Accepted Coalition Application

For International Students

100 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS,DET Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

First language is English OR, applicants have been taught exclusively in English for four years of high school or secondary school

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Early Decision Deadline
Early Decision II Deadline
Regular Decision Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$69,240 Average Financial Aid
Need-based Aid available for International Students

Need-based Aid

$64,056 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $80,390
48% Students with need received Financial Aid
100% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application February 1
Forms to be submitted FAFSA, CSS

Merit Scholarships

First Year Student Awards
Total Worth $2,000 to $66,000
Eligibility incoming students
Minimum Criteria Based on academics
Requirement for maintenance --
Separate application needed --
Application deadline N/A

Other Scholarships

National Merit Scholarships
Total Worth $2,000
Details Bowdoin National Merit Scholars who are eligible for Bowdoin's institutional student aid receive a renewable $2,000 award.


1,915 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Small
96% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
88% Students graduate within 6 years