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Bowdoin College Admission Requirements

Brunswick, Maine

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Chances of getting into Bowdoin College

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty for Bowdoin College
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Admission StandardsUnavailable
Applicant CompetitionExtreme
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How hard is it to get into Bowdoin College and can I get accepted? The school has a 9% acceptance rate ranking it #1 in Maine for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 845 out of 9,332 applicants were admitted making Bowdoin College an extremely competitive school to get into with a very low chance of acceptance - even for applicants with the highest scores and grades. Of those applicants who were admitted, 59% enrolled. With over half of admitted students enrolling, acceptance by Bowdoin College is a prized outcome for many students. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top quarter of their high school class.

Bowdoin College SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
Not Reported
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SAT Scores for Bowdoin College
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SAT Reading 75th N/A
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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Bowdoin College ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
Not Reported
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ACT Reading 75th N/A
ACT Math 75th N/A
ACT Composite 75th N/A
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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 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

83% 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 83%
Top 25% of class 94%
Top 50% of class 100%
Bottom 50% of class 0%
Bottom 25% of class 0%
Data Source, Wintergreen Orchard House


Admission Statistics

Bowdoin College admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 5,337 3,995 9,332
Accepted 432 413 845
Acceptance Rate 8% 10% 9%
Enrolled 251 248 499
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 58% 60% 59%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2019 starting class

Fall 2021 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
Jan 1, 2021
Days left to Apply

The application deadline for Fall 2021 has passed. Applications were due on Jan 1, 2021.

Admission Requirements

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

Bowdoin College Admission 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.