Bowdoin College

Brunswick, ME

Bowdoin College, founded in 1794, is a private, coed, liberal arts college. Its 200-acre campus is located in Brunswick, 25 miles northeast of Portland, ME.

Website: www.bowdoin.edu/

Private
Co-ed
1,816
Undergraduate
Students
(50.0%) 908 Women
(50.0%) 908 Men
Not reported
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Most difficult
Overall Admission Rate
14% of 7,251 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
Yes
Regular Admission Deadline
January 1

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
Not reported
SAT Math
640-760 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
695 average
650-750 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
31 average
30-34 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$70,710
Tuition and Fees
$53,922
Room and Board
$14,698
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Freshman Award
$50,611
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$25,482
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
194
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 27% of classes
10-19 students: 40% of classes
20-29 students: 15% of classes
30-39 students: 14% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 2% of classes
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Campus Life

Brunswick Population
15,175
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Portland
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
90% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Polar Bear
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
7.0% Asian
6.8% Black/African-American
11.7% Hispanic/Latino
7.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
65.5% White
1.0% Unknown
International Students
4.9% from 35 countries
First-Year Students Returning
96.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
91.1%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
11.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Most Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1310 on the SAT I or over 29 on the ACT; about 30% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is not accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English   4
Mathematics   4
Science   4
Foreign Language   4
Social Studies   4
History    
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Considered if submitted January 1
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT Considered if submitted January 1
SAT Subject Tests Only Considered if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Accepted with or without essay component
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Used for admission
ACT: Used for admission

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
255 Maine Street
City, State, Zip
Brunswick, ME 04011
Phone
(207) 725-3100
Fax
(207) 725-3003
E-mail
admissions@bowdoin.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
January 1
Application Fee
$65
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
March 20
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 1 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
Yes
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
Yes
Early Decision Deadline
November 15, January 1
Early Decision Notification
December 15, February 15
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
3 required for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
14% of 7,251 applicants were admitted
Women
12% of 4,238 applicants were admitted
Men
15% of 3,013 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
504 (51%) of 988 admitted students enrolled
Women
255 (49%) of 525 admitted students enrolled
Men
249 (54%) of 463 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
28% of 870 applicants were admitted
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
Not reported
3.75 and Above
Not reported
3.50 - 3.74
Not reported
3.25 - 3.49
Not reported
3.00 - 3.24
Not reported
2.50 - 2.99
Not reported
2.00 - 2.49
Not reported

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
640-760 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported
SAT EBRW
695 average
650-750 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
Not reported
Score of 600 - 700
Not reported
Score of 500 - 600
Not reported
Score of 400 - 500
Not reported
Score of 300 - 400
Not reported
Score of 200 - 300
Not reported

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
31 average
30-34 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
Not reported
Score of 24 - 29
Not reported
Score of 18 - 23
Not reported
Score of 12 - 17
Not reported
Score of 6 - 11
Not reported
Score of 5 or Below
Not reported

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 86%
Top quarter: 96%
Top half: 100%
National Merit Scholar
5%
Valedictorian
6%
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$70,710
Tuition and Fees
$53,922
Room and Board
$14,698
Books and Supplies
$840
Other Expenses
$1,250
Payment Plans
Installment plan, deferred payment

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
sao@bowdoin.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
February 1
Award Notification
On or about April 1
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Institutional Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002038
Free
CSS/Financial Aid Profile $25 for first college, $16 each additional
Business/Farm Supplement  
Noncustodial (Divorced/Separated) Parent's Statement  

Profile of 2018 - 19 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
309 (62.5%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
258 (83.7%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
258 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
258 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$50,611
Need-Based Gift
Received by 258 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $48,856
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 252 (90.8%) of aid recipients, average amount $1,796
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported
Merit-Based Gift
7 (1.6%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $1,000

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
971 (51.1%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
885 (91.1%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
885 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
885 (100.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
100%
Average Award
$49,337
Need-Based Gift
Received by 885 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $47,522
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 872 (94.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $1,842
Merit-Based Gift
Not reported
Merit-Based Gift
36 (1.8%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $1,000

Borrowing

2018 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
27%
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
$25,482
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
9.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
2.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
Available
Other Loans
 

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
Academic scholarships

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
36
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Leadership
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children of Faculty/Staff
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$1,846
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Not offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • African Studies
  • Ancient Studies/Civilization
  • Anthropology
  • Archeology
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Asian Studies/Civilization
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry, General
  • Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Computer Science
  • Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
  • Economics, General
  • Education, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Studies
  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender, and Group Studies, Other
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Studies
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language and Literature
  • History, General
  • Latin American Studies
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • Mathematics, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music, General
  • Neuroscience
  • Philosophy
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Religion/Religious Studies
  • Research and Experimental Psychology, Other
  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Sociology
  • Spanish and Iberian Studies
  • Theatre Literature, History and Criticism
  • Visual and Performing Arts, General
Most Popular Disciplines
Social sciences, Biological/life sciences, Area and ethnic studies
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Engineering, law with Columbia University
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Student-designed major, Double major, Independent study, Study abroad
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
194
Part-Time Faculty
34
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
85%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 27% of classes
10-19 students: 40% of classes
20-29 students: 15% of classes
30-39 students: 14% of classes
40-49 students: 1% of classes
50-99 students: 2% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 41% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 48% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 7% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 4% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
2,345,834
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
500
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Not reported

Master's Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Not reported

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Not reported

Location and Setting


Brunswick Population
15,175
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Portland
Campus Size
207 acres

Weather

Temperature
11.4 average low in January, 72.7 average high in September
Rain
129 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
Brunswick
Nearest Train Station
26 mile(s) from campus in Portland

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
90% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen and sophomores are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
10%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
self-defense education, safe ride service, emergency notification system

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division III
Mascot
Polar Bear
School Colors
White

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x  
Basketball x   x  
Cross-Country Running x   x  
Field Hockey x      
Football     x  
Golf x   x  
Ice Hockey x   x  
Lacrosse x   x  
Rugby x      
Sailing x   x  
Skiing (Cross-Country) x   x  
Soccer x   x  
Softball x      
Squash x   x  
Swimming And Diving x   x  
Tennis x   x  
Track And Field x   x  
Volleyball x      
Women's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey x  
Football    
Golf x  
Ice Hockey x  
Lacrosse x  
Rugby x  
Sailing x  
Skiing (Cross-Country) x  
Soccer x  
Softball x  
Squash x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball x  
Mens's Sports Offered Scholarships
Baseball x  
Basketball x  
Cross-Country Running x  
Field Hockey    
Football x  
Golf x  
Ice Hockey x  
Lacrosse x  
Rugby    
Sailing x  
Skiing (Cross-Country) x  
Soccer x  
Softball    
Squash x  
Swimming And Diving x  
Tennis x  
Track And Field x  
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
crew, equestrian sports, fencing, ultimate Frisbee, water polo
Men's Club Sports
crew, equestrian sports, fencing, rugby, ultimate Frisbee, volleyball, water polo

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, field hockey, ice hockey, soccer, softball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, outing club, intramural sports, community service volunteer programs, wbor 91.1 fm radio, bowdoin orient student newspaper
Sororities
 
Fraternities
 
ROTC
 

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
1,816
Women
908 (50.0%)
Men
908 (50.0%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
1,813
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
7.0% Asian
6.8% Black/African-American
11.7% Hispanic/Latino
7.7% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
65.5% White
1.0% Unknown
International Students.
4.9% from 35 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
Not reported

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
96.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
91.1%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
94.6%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
95.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Average Starting Salary
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
11.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Business 2%
Engineering 1%
Law 3%
Arts and Sciences 4%
Medicine 4%
Education 1%

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