Bowdoin College

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Bowdoin College, a liberal arts school, provides students a well rounded foundation in education by having a curriculum with a diverse range of subjects. This college is located in Brunswick, ME, a predominately rural area. Bowdoin College has an enrollment of nearly a thousand students.

Students can report either the ACT or SAT exam scores to this school. A score in the range of 2050 to 2280 on the SAT exam, or 30 to 33 on the ACT exam is among the 25th - 75th percentile range among accepted students. Based on sampled GPA data collected and applied, it is estimated that the Bowdoin College average GPA range for accepted students is around 3.90 - 4. The acceptance rate of this school is considered highly competitive, with only 10 percent of those who applied applicants being admitted. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Bowdoin College Acceptance Rate - Fall 2013


The overall acceptance rate for Bowdoin College was reported as 14.9% in Fall 2013 with over 7,050 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Accepted Applicants Profile

  • SAT Scores: 2050 - 2280
  • ACT Scores: 30 - 33
  • Average GPA: 3.90 - 4

How Hard Is It to Get into Bowdoin College?

Applicant Selectivity: High

Bowdoin College has a very competitive selection process for applicants, where most students accepted have a higher than average high school GPA and scored in the top percentiles on standardized tests like the SAT or ACT exam.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2020 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2020-2021 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Bowdoin College has been on a downward trend over the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2009-2010: 19.4%
  • 2010-2011: 19.7%
  • 2011-2012: 16.1%
  • 2012-2013: 15.8%
  • 2013-2014: 14.9%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2020-2021: 16.2%

How Does Bowdoin College Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Bowdoin College is more than 100% lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 55.5%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Bates College24.2%
Maine College of Art96.3%
Saint Joseph's College of Maine77.8%
Thomas College72.4%
Colby College26.0%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Recommended
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Required
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2013)


Average ACT/SAT Scores of Applicants to Bowdoin College (Fall 2013)

SAT® SectionScore Range
Critical Reading680 - 760
Math680 - 750
Writing690 - 770
Total Score2050 - 2280
ACT®Score Range
English31 - 34
Math29 - 34
Composite Score30 - 33
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