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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
    A-
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
New England Small College Athletic Conference
Address
255 Maine Street
Brunswick, ME 04011
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 $35 million.

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 1
Acceptance Rate
14%
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
$24,447/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $5,866/ year
  • $30-48k
    $9,246/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,195/ year
  • $76-110k
    $25,189/ year
  • $110k+
    $38,038/ year
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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
69%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.54 responses
44%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.54 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,813Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
14%
Varsity Athletes
36%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 32 responses
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  • Smart and Energetic
    31%
  • Bright and intelligent, yet modest
    25%
  • Driven
    9%
  • Smart, strategic, casual
    9%
  • Drive, passionate
    6%
  • Jock
    6%
  • Ambitious
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
98%
of students say they don't have Greek life.40 responses
Poll
68%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.60 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 33 responses
Report
  • Bowdoin is the people that make it.
    39%
  • Best college ever!
    27%
  • Exceptional
    15%
  • Bowdoin makes me optimistic about the future.
    6%
  • Limited but focused
    6%
  • Home away from home
    3%
  • Underrated
    3%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $58,700/ 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
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    Bowdoin College Reviews

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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.
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    Next year I will have a Junior at Bowdoin as well as an incoming freshman. No matter if you are a nerd student or a promising artist, Bowdoin is THE place to help you discover your passion. My girls love their college. Go visit. You’ll fall in love with our Polar Bear community!
    Admissions does a good job of ensuring that a group of enthusiastic, intelligent, and unique people come in each year. My professors all care about my learning, and achieving success is never impossible. I am happy the school got rid of quints for first year housing. They are renovating many dorms and adding new options for upper-class students which is warmly welcomed. The party life may not be bumping, but what the school lacks in basement bangers, it makes up in their outstanding event programming; BOC (outing club) often has weekly events and outings, college houses and academic departments bring incredible speakers to campus, improv is funny for the most part, and Bowdoin must have the most a cappella singers per capita out of all other NESCACS. Club sports and some varsity sports aren't out of reach for anyone, and there is always some kind of food for anyone. Polar bear is a cool mascot, and black and white make for flattering school clothing (very slimming).