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.

The acceptance rate of this school is considered highly competitive, with only 9 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 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Bowdoin College was reported as 9.1% in Fall 2020 with over 9,330 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.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 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

  • 2016-2017: 14.8%
  • 2017-2018: 13.6%
  • 2018-2019: 10.3%
  • 2019-2020: 9.1%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 10.2%

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 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Bates College12.1%
Maine College of Art62.4%
Saint Joseph's College of Maine87.2%
Thomas College83.8%
Colby College9.7%

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 2020)

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