Bowdoin College

About Bowdoin College

Founded and endowed for the common good, Bowdoin is a highly selective liberal arts college that thrives on collaboration—we work together, not against each other, to tackle problems and questions that shape our collective future. Students at Bowdoin work hard: our curriculum, writing seminars, field research, and over eighty majors and minors ensure that academic rigor and intellectual curiosity are top of mind. But the Bowdoin community also does the hard work: constantly challenging ourselves to be more inclusive and welcoming. Our alumni network is distinguished, diverse, and fiercely loyal: they contribute hundreds of internship and job opportunities to Bowdoin students and graduates, in fields from law and finance to software engineering, media, and medicine. Our historic campus in coastal Maine provides access to beaches, mountains, lakes and rivers, galleries, food trucks, and museums. Our location is also a driving force in the teaching and study of the environment, with ocean-front research facilities at the Schiller Coastal Studies Center, and a biological field station on Kent Island. Our thriving hometown of Brunswick is accessible via Amtrak and is a half-hour drive, train, or bus ride from Portland, Maine, and its international airport. Bowdoin has been test optional for more than fifty years, we’re need blind, meet full demonstrated need, and we’ve replaced loans with additional scholarships in all aid packages.

Our COVID-19 Response:

Our primary goals for the 2021–2022 academic year remained the same: protecting the health and safety of the campus and Brunswick communities and delivering an excellent Bowdoin education. The knowledge we have acquired and the tools now at our disposal will allow us to achieve these goals with a different approach, one that acknowledges that the virus will be with us for the foreseeable future, that recognizes the significantly reduced health risks for a fully vaccinated campus, and that will allow us to begin to move back to a campus and college experience that is more normal.

About Our Students

FALL 2021 ADMISSIONS   Numbers are for degree-seeking students applied, admitted, and enrolled in the fall of 2021.

Middle 50% SAT Range for Freshman Class   Numbers are for degree-seeking students applied, admitted, and enrolled in the fall of 2021.

Mathematics 660 - 770
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing 660 - 750

The SAT has two sections (SAT Evidenced Based Reading and Writing and SAT Math), each scored on a scale of 200-800. In the ranges provided for each section below, 25% of freshmen admitted to this institution in the fall of 2021 scored the same as or lower than the first number. Fifty percent of admitted freshmen received scores between the two numbers given, and 25% of admitted freshmen received a score the same as or higher than the second number provided for each section.

Freshmen Returning for Sophomore Year

FALL 2021 ENROLLMENT   Numbers are for degree-seeking undergraduate students and graduate students enrolled in the fall of 2021.

Graduate Student: A student that holds a bachelor's degree or equivalent, and is taking courses at the post-baccalaureate level. Students formerly designated as first-professional students are now captured in the graduate student enrollment numbers.

GEOGRAPHICAL PROFILE   Percentages are for the origins of first-time freshmen enrolled in the fall of 2021.


Women 51%
Men 49%


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What Students Pay

Price of Attendance in 2021 - 2022   Note: Numbers are estimates only for full-time undergraduate students living on campus in academic year 2021 - 2022. Room & Board: This figure assumes double occupancy in institutional housing and 19 meals per week (or the maximum meal plan). Books and Supplies: These costs include the average cost of books and supplies for a typical full-time undergraduate student living on campus. Unusual costs for special groups of students (for example, engineering or art majors) are not included unless they constitute a majority of the students at the institution. Transportation: These costs include two round trips per year to the hometown of a typical full-time undergraduate student living on campus. Other Expenses: These expenses include average costs for a typical full-time undergraduate student living on campus, for clothing, laundry, entertainment, medical (if not a required fee), and furnishings.

Estimated Tuition & Fees$57,776
Estimated Room & Board$15,898
Estimated Books & Supplies$840
Estimated Transportation$0
Other Expenses$1,250

Percent of Freshmen Receiving Aid by Type   Note: Percentages are for full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students enrolled in fall 2021 - 2022. Federal Grants: These monies include Pell Grants and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants made by the U.S. Department of Education as well as need-based and merit-based educational assistance funds and training vouchers from other federal agencies. State/Local Grants: These monies include grants provided by the state to the institution through the LEAP program as well as state merit scholarships and tuition and fee waivers. Local grants are any local government grants, scholarship, or gift-aid awarded directly to the student. Institutional Grants: These monies include scholarships and fellowships funded by the institution and/or individual departments. Also included are tuition and fee waivers and athletic scholarships from the institution. Student Loans: These monies include subsidized and unsubsidized loans made directly to the student, including Perkins Loans. Also included are institutionally- and privately-sponsored loans for which the student is the designated borrower and funds go through the institution. PLUS and other loans for which the parent is the designated borrower are excluded.

Use Our Net Price Calculator   An institution's Net Price Calculator provides an individualized estimate of the net price of attendance for a first-time, full-time aided undergraduate at that institution. The federal definition of net price is as follows: an institution's cost of attendance for first-time, full-time undergraduate students less the total need- and merit-based federal, state and institutional grant aid awarded (i.e., monetary awards that do not have to be paid back) divided by the number of first-time, full-time undergraduate students receiving such aid. The estimates generated by an institution's Net Price Calculator do not represent a final determination, or actual award, of financial assistance or a final net price; they are only estimates.

FALL 2022 Tuition and Fees History   These figures represent typical tuition for a full-time undergraduate student for the full academic year (generally September to June) plus required fees or those charges that all full-time students must pay that are not included in tuition (for example, registration, health, or activity fees). Optional fees such as parking and laboratory use are not included.

Our Graduates

Percentage of Students Who Graduate   Percentages are for full-time first-time bachelor's (or equivalent) degree-seeking undergraduate students who entered this institution in the summer or fall of 2015 and completed their degree at this institution by the fall of 2021.

Within 4 Years 88%
Within 5 Years 93%
Within 6 Years 93%

Bachelor’s Degrees Awarded Last Year*   This graphic represents the four majors in which the most bachelor's degrees were awarded between July 1, 2021 and June 30, 2022. The category of “All Others” is the sum of all the other majors earned at the institution in that year. Students with a double major will only be represented by the category of their first major.

Bowdoin offers 43 majors and 45 minors within 24 departments, 9 programs and 4 special areas, as well as a student-designed major option. Students may opt for a single, double, or coordinate major (Digital and Computational Studies, Education, or Environmental Studies combined with another major). Bowdoin is a liberal arts college with strengths in science and mathematics. While declared majors in the social and behavioral sciences division have traditionally made up the majority, those in the natural science and mathematics division have risen to match them in recent years. About 30 percent of declared students choose majors within the humanities and fine arts division. Students are not asked to declare a major until April of their sophomore year, so roughly half of all enrolled students are still yet undeclared. Although not required, about 55 percent of declared students choose a minor in addition to their major.

Number of Degrees Awarded in 2021   Numbers are for degrees awarded between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Bachelor’s: Bachelor’s degrees are any degrees that normally require at least four but not more than five years of full-time equivalent college-level work. This includes ALL bachelor’s degrees awarded in a five-year cooperative (work-study plan) program which provides for alternate class attendance and employment in business, industry, or government and thus allows students to combine actual work experience with their college studies. Also, it includes bachelor’s degrees in which the normal four years of work are completed in three years. Master’s: Master’s degrees require the successful completion of a program of study of at least the full-time equivalent of one but not more than two academic years of study beyond the bachelor’s degree. Some of these degrees, such as those in Theology (ex., M.Div., M.H.L./Rav) that were formerly classified as first-professional degrees, may require more than two full-time equivalent academic years of work. Doctoral Doctoral degrees are the highest award a student can earn for graduate study. There are three categories of Doctoral degrees:
  • Doctor's degree-research/scholarship: Requires advanced work beyond the master's level, including the preparation and defense of a dissertation based on original research, or the planning and execution of an original project demonstrating substantial artistic or scholarly achievement.
  • Doctor's degree-professional practice: A doctor's degree that is conferred upon completion of a program providing the knowledge and skills for the recognition, credential, or license required for professional practice. The degree is awarded after a period of study such that the total time to the degree, including both pre-professional and professional preparation, equals at least six full-time equivalent academic years. Some of these degrees were formerly classified as first-professional and may include: Chiropractic (D.C. or D.C.M.); Dentistry (D.D.S. OR D.M.D.); Law (L.L.B. or J.D.); Medicine (M.D.); Optometry (O.D.); Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.); Pharmacy (Pharm.D.); Podiatry (D.P.M., Pod.D., D.P.); or, Vetrinary Medicine (D.V.M.), and others, as designated by the awarding institution.
  • Doctor's degree-other: A doctor's degree that does not meet the definition of a doctor's degree-research/scholarship or a doctor's degree-professional practice.

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About Our Faculty

Faculty Information   Student Faculty Ratio: Ratios are for full-time equivalent students to full-time equivalent instructional faculty for the fall of 2021. Full-time equivalent equals all the full-time individuals plus one-third of the part-time individuals. Faculty and students in stand-alone graduate programs such as medicine, law, veterinary, dentistry, social work, business, or public health in which faculty teach virtually only graduate level students are not included in the ratio calculations. Undergraduate or graduate student teaching assistants are not included as faculty. Full-Time Faculty with Highest Degree: Full-time instructional faculty in the fall of 2021 who held a doctorate, first professional, or the highest degree available in their field. Instructional faculty is defined as those members of the instructional-research staff whose major regular assignment is instruction, including those with released time for research.

Student Faculty Ratio: 9:1
Full-time Faculty with highest degree: 100%

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Life on Campus

Bowdoin enrolls students from a variety of backgrounds who study, live, and learn at one of the most beautiful, environmentally sensitive, and historic campuses in the U.S. Accessible from major cities, Bowdoin is close to downtown Brunswick, Maine, where students experience elements of both city and country living.

What it's Like on Our Campus   Percent of Freshmen Who Live on Campus is for freshmen enrolled in fall 2022. Percent of Undergraduates Who Live on Campus is for all degree-seeking undergraduates enrolled in fall 2022.

Freshmen who live on campus 100%
Undergraduates who live on campus 93%

Campus Safety

Bowdoin College is a safe campus, Brunswick is a safe town, and Maine is a safe state. Violent crime is exceedingly rare. The Office of Safety and Security provides 24-hour service and protection, including a safe-ride shuttle service, blue light emergency phones across the campus, a campus-wide mass notification system, an app that provides virtual walk home accompaniment, and an extensive network of security cameras. Excellent relationships are maintained with local and state law enforcement and fire and rescue agencies.

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