Private 4 Year

Bowdoin College Admission Requirements

Brunswick, Maine

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Chances of getting into Bowdoin College

Acceptance Rate

Admission Difficulty for Bowdoin College
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Unavailable 
Applicant Competition Extreme 
How hard is it to get into Bowdoin College and can I get accepted?

The acceptance rate at Bowdoin College is 9%.  It ranks #1 in Maine and #14 in the nation for lowest rate of acceptance. Bowdoin College is extremely competitive school to get into with a very low chance of acceptance - even for applicants with the highest scores and grades. Last year, 861 out of 9,402 applicants were admitted.

Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top ten percent of their high school class. Of those applicants who were admitted, 54% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Bowdoin College is a prized outcome for many students.

The Bowdoin College application fee is $65 and applications are due by Jan 1.

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required or recommended by Bowdoin College.

Bowdoin College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 
Not Reported
Applicants Submitting SAT 
SAT Scores for Bowdoin College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th N/A
SAT Math 25th N/A
SAT Composite 25th N/A
SAT Scores for Bowdoin College
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th N/A
SAT Math 75th N/A
SAT Composite 75th N/A
Average SAT Score N/A
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class
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Bowdoin College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 
Not Reported
Applicants Submitting ACT 
ACT Scores for Bowdoin College
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th N/A
ACT Math 25th N/A
ACT Composite 25th N/A
ACT Scores for Bowdoin College
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th N/A
ACT Math 75th N/A
ACT Composite 75th N/A
Average ACT Score N/A
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Bowdoin College GPA

Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Bowdoin College has not reported high school GPA data for its accepted students.

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High School Class Rank

84% of Bowdoin College freshman were in the top ten percent of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Bowdoin College students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 84%
Top 25% of class 97%
Top 50% of class 100%
Data Source, Peterson's Data


Admission Statistics

Bowdoin College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,454 3,948 9,402
Accepted 455 406 861
Acceptance Rate 8% 10% 9%
Enrolled 242 222 464
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 53% 55% 54%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2020 starting class

Fall 2022 Application Deadline

Applications are Due
Jan 1, 2023
Days left to Apply

Applicants have 25 days left until the Fall 2022 term applications are due on Jan 1, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Bowdoin College is $65.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Bowdoin College and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Bowdoin College Application Requirements
Test Scores Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA Recommended
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Bowdoin College
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit No
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=161004 IPEDS survey data for Bowdoin College.


What is my chance of getting into Bowdoin College?

9% of those who apply are granted admission to Bowdoin College. Admission competition is extreme and the college has unavailable admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.