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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    B+
  9. Dorms
    A+
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B+
255 Maine Street
Brunswick, ME 04011
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
New England Small College Athletic Conference
From Bowdoin College

Bowdoin (bo-d'n) may surprise you. Situated in a coastal Maine town, we produce leading scholars, innovators, and humanitarians. Alumni include Reed Hastings (CEO/founder of Netflix) and DeRay Mckesson (Black Lives Matter). Students balance rigorous academics with the fun of more than 100 student clubs. Unfamiliar with Maine? We have beaches, mountains, food trucks, and upscale restaurants. We sport L.L.Bean boots while engaging in social justice and community service. Bowdoin students, diverse in backgrounds and interests, are funded by an annual financial aid budget of $45 million.

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Bowdoin College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
January 5
Acceptance Rate
10%
SAT Range
1360-1510
ACT Range
31-33
Application Fee
$65
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Recommended
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$24,831/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$43,239/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
56%

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
9:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
98%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.42 responses
66%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.62 responses
40%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.62 responses

Majors

Computer Science

The Department of Computer Science at Bowdoin encourages students to think critically and creatively to solve problems using algorithms. Our curricular offerings prepare graduates well for further study or professional careers in teaching, industry, and financial services.

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,825Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
3
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
16%
Varsity Athletes
36%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 37 responses
  • Bright and intelligent, yet modest
    30%
  • Smart and Energetic
    27%
  • Wealthy, white
    11%
  • Driven
    8%
  • Smart, strategic, casual
    8%
  • Drive, passionate
    5%
  • Ambitious
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
92%
of students say they don't have Greek life.48 responses
Poll
66%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.68 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 37 responses
  • Bowdoin is the people that make it.
    43%
  • Best college ever!
    27%
  • Exceptional
    14%
  • Bowdoin makes me optimistic about the future.
    5%
  • Home away from home
    3%
  • Homogeneous
    3%
  • Strict
    3%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $65,500/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    95%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    93%
    National
    83%
    90%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.21 responses

    Bowdoin College Reviews

    694 reviews
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    The moment I stepped on Bowdoin's campus, I knew that it was going to be my home for the next four years. I am confident that I chose the right school for me. I feel like I'm flourishing in terms of my social and academic life; things are just happening for me here. My professors are wonderful, there's such a tight-knit community, and the people here are so nice. Bowdoin just cares about me!
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    So glad I chose to come to Bowdoin! A very close community where people treat each other with kindness and are excited to learn from their peers. Quality of life is great, with great dorms, food and surrounding area. Classes are challenging but there is very little competitiveness and lots of support for students academically. For a small liberal arts school, there is a very healthy and fun social life.
    Bowdoin helps you learn and grow far more than just your academics, but your person. For me, this comes primarily from the people in the Bowdoin community. There are difficulties associated with any one of the elements listed below about Bowdoin, but the people that I've met and have created a community with have turned any of those difficulties around into beautiful learning experiences and reinforcements of community. Maybe it's just that I've found my people -- but there is such an overwhelming number of these people that I feel this from. Students are supportive, collaborative, have a crazy range of interests, and a willingness to try new things (even if that new thing is taking a break and forgoing a reading). There are many ways to learn and challenge oneself, and my time at Bowdoin has shown me how that can both be deepened in academics and extend far beyond just those traditional academics. My academics enhance my holistic life, as my holistic life enhances my academics.