Bowdoin may surprise you. We’re a selective liberal arts college, and we thrive on collaboration, not competition. Our students work together—not against each other—to tackle the big problems and pressing questions that will shape our collective future. Our alumni network includes leading scholars, innovators, entrepreneurs, performers, and humanitarians. More than 100 clubs help students enjoy time outside of the classroom. Speaking of outside: our location in coastal Maine means access to beaches, mountains, galleries, food trucks, and upscale restaurants, all two hours from Boston. Bowdoin is test-optional and need-blind and has replaced loans with grants in all financial aid packages.

Academic Programs

  • Engineering
  • Research
  • Science
  • Liberal Arts
  • Education
  • Music
  • Art & Design
  • Economics
  • Government/Political Science
  • Performing Arts
  • Social Science
  • Visual Arts
  • Arctic Studies

Student experience

  • Athletics
  • Co-op/Internship Opportunities
  • Disability Services
  • Intramural/Club Sports
  • LGBTQIA Services
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Study Abroad
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Veteran Fee Waiver

Application information

Find out about requirements, fees, and deadlines


First-year students are students who have never matriculated at another college or university. Students who have taken some college-level work while enrolled in secondary school should apply as first-year candidates. Early Decision 1 Application Deadline: November 15. Early Decision 2 Application Deadline: January 5. Regular Decision Application Deadline: January 5. Bowdoin automatically waives the $65 application fee for students who are applying for financial aid or who are first-generation-to-college (neither parent graduated from a four-year college or university).


Any student who has been enrolled in a degree-granting program must apply as a transfer student. Transfer applicants should submit the Common Application by the March 1 deadline. Bowdoin requires both high school and college transcripts for admission as well as the College Report and two academic evaluations from faculty at your current institution. Transfer admission to Bowdoin is extremely competitive. We generally receive between 150-200 transfer applications, and we admit five to twenty candidates. Bowdoin offers a fall transfer program and, on rare occasions, mid-year admission.

Additional Information

At Bowdoin, a family’s ability to pay is not a barrier to admission. We do all that we can to ensure that nothing stands between you and your potential success as a college student—starting with need-blind admissions. We seek excellence of all types and believe in equal opportunity. Our policy is to meet the full calculated need of every student applying for student aid

Nearly half of our enrolled students receive grant assistance from Bowdoin and the College stands firm in its decision to eliminate student loans from student financial aid packages. Our online calculators are a great starting point to estimate our financial aid eligibility—or contact our Student Aid office to have your questions answered directly. 

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Official on-campus tours, led by current students, are available with advance registration. Self-guided campus tours and virtual tours are also available.

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School location

5000 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011, United States of America

Phone number

(207) 725-3100


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