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Bowdoin College
Brunswick, ME
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
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English   4
Mathematics   4
Science   4
Foreign Language   4
Social Studies   4
History    
Academic Electives    
 
Examinations
Exam   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
Use of SAT/ACT
Essay
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
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 Dates and Fees
Regular Admission 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
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APPLYING FOR ADMISSION - continued
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
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
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PROFILE OF FALL ADMISSION
Admission Rates
Overall Admission Rate 15% of 6,799 applicants were admitted
   Women 14% of 3,930 applicants were admitted
   Men 17% of 2,869 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled 507 (50%) of 1,009 admitted students enrolled
   Women 265 (50%) of 534 admitted students enrolled
   Men 242 (51%) of 475 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision
Admission Rate
27% of 870 applicants were admitted
Early Action
Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List  
Students Accepting Wait List Position  
Students Admitted From Wait List  
SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen
SAT Math 692 average
640-760 range of middle 50%
  Score of 700 - 800 54%
  Score of 600 - 700 33%
  Score of 500 - 600 10%
  Score of 400 - 500 3%
  Score of 300 - 400 0%
  Score of 200 - 300 0%
SAT Critical Reading 696 average
650-750 range of middle 50%
  Score of 700 - 800 59%
  Score of 600 - 700 30%
  Score of 500 - 600 9%
  Score of 400 - 500 2%
  Score of 300 - 400 0%
  Score of 200 - 300 0%
SAT Writing 696 average
650-760 range of middle 50%
  Score of 700 - 800 56%
  Score of 600 - 700 34%
  Score of 500 - 600 7%
  Score of 400 - 500 3%
  Score of 300 - 400 0%
  Score of 200 - 300 0%
 
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
ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen
ACT Composite 32 average
30-34 range of middle 50%
  Score of 30 - 36 80%
  Score of 24 - 29 17%
  Score of 18 - 23 3%
  Score of 12 - 17 0%
  Score of 6 - 11 0%
  Score of 5 or Below 0%
Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
High School Class Rank Top tenth: 84%
Top quarter: 98%
Top half: 100%
National Merit Scholar 6%
Valedictorian 4%
Class President Not reported
Student Gov. Officer Not reported