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Bowdoin College

Overview
Type of school: Private institution
Year founded: 1794
Affiliation: None
Academic calendar: Semester
Undergraduate student body: 1,734
Environment: Suburban
Endowment: $673,440,000
Admissions Address

5700 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011-8448

Website

http://www.bowdoin.edu

Admissions E-mail

admissions@bowdoin.edu


 

QuickFacts
Selectivity: Most Selective
Send application by: January 1
Admissions Contact Information
Admissions director: William M. Shain
Admissions office telephone: (207) 725-3100
Fall 2008 Admissions Deadlines Regular decision
Send application by: January 1
Decision sent by: Other
Accept offer by: May 1 (or within 1 weeks if notified thereafter)
Early decision
Send application by: November 15
 
Decision sent by: December 31
Early action
Not offered Application fee: $60
Is the fee refundable? No
Can fee be waived for students with financial need? Yes
Does school have a waiting list? Yes
Can admission be deferred? Yes
Accepted application formats:
Applications on floppy disks: No
Applications via E-mail: No
Electronic application:
 
http://www.bowdoin.edu/admissions/apply/ Tuition deposit: $300 (Nonrefundable)
Room deposit: N/A (Nonrefundable)
Admissions Requirements
High school completion requirement: High school diploma is required and GED is not accepted
General college-preparatory program: Required
Distribution of high school units required and/or recommended*
  Units Required Units Recommended
English N/A 4
Mathematics N/A 4
Science N/A 4
Lab N/A 3
Foreign language N/A 4
Social studies N/A 4
History N/A N/A
Academic electives N/A N/A
Total academic units N/A 20

*One unit equals one year of study or its equivalent.
 
Campus visit: Recommended
Admissions interview: Recommended
Off-campus interview: May be arranged
 
Does the college use SAT or ACT scores in admissions decisions for first-time, first-year applicants? Yes
SAT/ACT requirements: Neither SAT nor ACT required.
SAT/ACT scores must be received by: January 1
Tests accepted for Fall 2008 entering class: ACT with writing, ACT without writing
SAT Subject Test scores must be received by: January 1
 
Open admission policy? No
What is the relative importance of specific academic factors in admission decisions?
Rigor of secondary school record: Very important
 
Class rank: Very important
Academic GPA: Very important
Standardized test scores: Important
Application essay: Very important
Recommendation: Very important
What is the relative importance of specific nonacademic factors in admission decisions?
Interview: Considered
Extracurricular activities: Very important
Talent/ability: Very important
Character/personal qualities: Very important
First generation: Important
Alumni/ae relation: Important
Geographical residence: Considered
State residency: Considered
Religious affiliation/commitment: Not considered
Racial/ethnic status: Considered
Volunteer work: Not considered
Work experience: Not considered
Level of applicant's interest: Not considered
2006-2007 Admissions Statistics
Selectivity: Most Selective
Overall acceptance rate: 22%
Early-decision acceptance rate: 31%
Early-action acceptance rate: N/A
Acceptance rate (excluding early-action and early-decision students): 20%
Total applicants: 5,401
Total acceptances: 1,165
Total freshman enrollment: 474
 
Proportion of freshman enrolled from early action and early decision: 41%
Male applicants: 2,396
Male acceptances: 557
Male freshman enrollment: 221
 
Female applicants: 3,005
Female acceptances: 608
Female freshman enrollment: 253
Out-of-state freshmen: 88%
 
Qualified applicants offered a place on waiting list: N/A
Applicants accepting a place on waiting list: N/A
Students enrolled from waiting list: N/A

 2006-2007 Freshman Class Profile
Top 10 percent of high school class: 82%
Top 25 percent of high school class: 96%
Top 50 percent of high school class: 100%
 
First-year students submitting high school class standing: 55%
Average high school GPA: N/A
 
First-year students submitting GPA: N/A
 
First-year students submitting SAT scores: 72%
SAT scores (25/75 percentile):
Critical Reading: 650 – 750
Math: 650 – 730
Combined: 1300 – 1480

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  SAT Critical Reading SAT Math
700-800 51.0% 51.0%
600-699 41.0% 42.0%
500-599 7.0% 7.0%
400-499 1.0% 0.0%
300-399 0.0% 0.0%
200-299 0.0% 0.0%

 
First-year students submitting ACT scores: 21%
ACT scores (25/75 percentile):
English: N/A
Math: N/A
Composite: 29 – 32

 Percent of first-time, first-year students enrolled in Fall 2006 with scores in each range:
  ACT Composite ACT English ACT Math
30-36 68.0% N/A N/A
24-29 28.0% N/A N/A
18-23 4.0% N/A N/A
12-17 0.0% N/A N/A
6-11 0.0% N/A N/A
Below 6 0.0% N/A N/A

 

 



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