Bowdoin College

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Bowdoin College is one of the most historic and prestigious, private, liberal arts colleges in the nation. It was established in 1794.

Historic buildings are strewn about on Bowdoin College’s campus in Brunswick, Maine. Bowdoin College has a small student body, making professors more accessible than at larger, private and state colleges and universities.

Bowdoin has been listed as one of the best liberal arts schools in the country by national publications. As a result, Bowdoin College is very selective.

The college offers an array of liberal arts and science academic programs including religious studies, philosophy, music, English, archaeology, art history, and classical studies. The science programs include neuroscience, environmental studies, computer science, and biochemistry.

Students not interested in traditional majors have the option of customizing or combining majors.

Numerous undergraduate research opportunities are available at Bowdoin College. Bowdoin students who have excelled at research have been awarded research fellowships at elite graduate schools. The Coastal Studies Center – a coastal issue and marine science research facility – is located at Bowdoin College.

Cultural opportunities are also available to students. An art museum and two theaters are located at Bowdoin.

Bowdoin College provides study abroad opportunities. Some programs provide students with the opportunity to study at a foreign university for a few semesters.

Tuition rates are high at Bowdoin College, but financial aid is available to students who qualify.

Admission Office

5000 College Station

Brunswick, ME 04011-8441

(207) 725-3100

Fax: (207) 725-3101

Contact: Scott Meiklejohn

Dean of Admissions and Student Aid
Main Address

5700 College Station

Brunswick, ME 04011-8448

(207) 725-3000

Total undergrads: 1,723

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 488

Degree-seeking undergrads: 1,716


Suburban setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Annual Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $36,370 $38,190 $40,020 $41,565 +3.86%
Books and Supplies $800 $800 $800 $820 +2.50%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $9,890 $10,380 $10,880 $11,315 +4.00%
Other $1,200 $1,200 $1,200 $1,250 +4.17%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $48,260 $50,570 $52,900 $54,950 +3.88%
In-state Off Campus $37,170 $38,990 $40,820 $42,385 +3.83%
In-state with Family $37,170 $38,990 $40,820 $42,385 +3.83%

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 218 45%
Grant or scholarship aid 218 45% $6,693,809 $30,706
• Federal grants 64 13% $424,344 $6,630
• Pell grants 64 13% $266,344 $4,162
• Other federal grants 40 8% $158,000 $3,950
State/local government grant or scholarships 28 6% $25,636 $916
Institutional grants or scholarships 218 45% $6,243,829 $28,641
Student loan aid 72 15% $355,878 $4,943
• Federal student loans 72 15% $355,878 $4,943
• Other student loans 0 0% $0

All Degrees and Programs

Total of All Education Programs 581
Area, Gender, Cultural, Ethnic, and Group Studies 24
African Studies 3
Asian Studies/Civilization 15
Latin American Studies 3
Russian, Central European, East European and Eurasian Studies
Women’s Studies 3
Biology and Biomedical Sciences 65
Biochemistry 13
Biology and Biological Sciences, General 36
Neuroscience 16
Computing and Information Sciences 9
Computer Science 9
English Language, Composition and Literature/Letters 45
English Language and Literature 45
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 61
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 6
French Language and Literature 16
German Language and Literature 13
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 3
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature 23
History 35
History 35
Mathematics and Statistics 19
Mathematics 19
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies 8
Ancient Studies/Civilization 6
Classical, Ancient Mediterranean and Near Eastern Studies and Archaeology 1
Mathematics and Computer Science
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 24
Environmental Studies 24
Physical Sciences 29
Chemical Physics 1
Chemistry 7
Geology and Earth Science 8
Geophysics and Seismology
Physics 13
Psychology 17
Psychology 17
Social Sciences 198
Anthropology 22
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics 2
Economics 65
Political Science and Government 93
Sociology 16
Visual and Performing Arts 47
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 11
Fine/Studio Arts 21
Music 13
Theater Literature, History and Criticism 2
Above data represents first majors only.
(-) Indicates that a program is not offered at this level.

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $60

Online application fee: $60
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 16%

Percent students who return for sophomore year: 97%

Admissions Considerations
Secondary school GPA: Recommended
Secondary school rank: Recommended
Secondary school record: Required
Recommendations: Required
Completion of college-prep program: Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
TOEFL: Required

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 6,554
Percent Admitted: 16%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 46%

Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading

  • 670 (25th Percentile)
  • 750 (75th Percentile)

SAT Math

  • 660 (25th Percentile)
  • 740 (75th Percentile)

SAT Writing

  • 670 (25th Percentile)
  • 760 (75th Percentile)

ACT Composite

  • 30 (25th Percentile)
  • 33 (75th Percentile)

ACT English

  • 31 (25th Percentile)
  • 35 (75th Percentile)

ACT Math

  • 29 (25th Percentile)
  • 34 (75th Percentile)

ACT Writing

  • 8 (25th Percentile)
  • 10 (75th Percentile)

Enrollment Statistics

Undergraduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Student Gender

Undergraduate Student Age

Undergraduate Student Residence

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Retention and Graduation Rates

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor’s Degrees

Undergraduate Majors

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

African Studies B
Asian Studies B
Central/Eastern European Studies B
Latin American Studies B
Women’s Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art History/Criticism/Conservation B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Theater Literature/History/Criticism B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

Classics B
French B
German B
Romance Languages B
Russian B
Spanish B


History – General B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Ancient Studies/Civilization B
Classical/Ancient Mediterranean/Near Eastern Studies B
Mathematics/Computer Science B
Neuroscience B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B
Religion/Religious Studies B

Physical Sciences

Chemical Physics B
Chemistry B
Geochemistry B
Geology B
Geophysics/Seismology B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Archaeology B
Econometrics B
Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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