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Office of Admissions
Mailing address: 5000 College Station, Brunswick, ME 04011
Telephone: 207-725-3100
Live Chat: Admissions counselors are ready to chat with you. (2-5 pm, M-F)
Bowdoin is a college and also an idea—
—that if you give smart, kind, young people access to the best education on earth, they will use it to create good in the world.
When you're ready, you're ready. Here we cover the application process to Bowdoin, and include instructions for different types of applicants.
Bowdoin accepts the Common Application. All applications are treated equally, regardless of source. We also partner with Questbridge, a nonprofit organization that matches high-achieving, low-income students with opportunities in higher education.
Of the credentials Bowdoin evaluates, a student's overall academic record is by far the most important. 
Although Bowdoin does not require a prescribed high school program or number of courses, the typical entering first-year student will have had four years each of English, foreign language, mathematics, and social science and three to four years of laboratory sciences.
Everyone who applies to Bowdoin is evaluated individually. Admissions officers pay special attention to:
  • Academic (grade) success
  • Level of course challenge
  • Counselor and teacher recommendations
  • Writing samples
  • Overall academic potential
  • School and community involvement
  • Character and personality