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, 2019. Early Decision 2 Application Deadline: January 1, 2020. Regular Decision Application Deadline: January 1, 2020. 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.
There are so many ways to learn about Bowdoin. One way is to see it for yourself. Campus tours, information sessions, and interviews are offered on campus, seasonally, throughout the year. Opportunities to stay overnight on campus, attend a class, and get lunch with a student are available during the fall. Additionally, Explore Bowdoin is an all-expenses paid college visit program held twice during the fall for high-achieving low-income and/or first-generation high school seniors who come from diverse backgrounds. Please visit our website to sign up and view additional information.