Bowdoin College Overview
Bowdoin College is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Brunswick, Maine. The location of Bowdoin is a good match for students who are interested in living in a college town while they pursue their degree.
What Is Bowdoin College Known For?
- Bowdoin has an impressive student to faculty ratio of 9 to 1.
- The 2% student loan default rate at Bowdoin is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
- The bachelor's degree is the highest award offered at Bowdoin.
- In 2017-2018, 86% of the faculty were full-time.
- Students who graduate from Bowdoin with a bachelor's degree make about $65,500 a year. That's 61% more than those who graduate from other schools.
- The average Bowdoin student graduates in 4.1 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.
Bowdoin College Rankings
Bowdoin landed the #26 spot in our 2021 ranking of best colleges. We analyzed 2,320 colleges and universities across the nation to determine this ranking. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country.
These rankings may look different from those published by other outlets, because we use an outcomes-based approach rather than a subjective one. We get our data from a number of places, including the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard. For more information, check out our rankings and methodology page.
Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Bowdoin.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards Bowdoin has earned from around the web.
|#6||Highest Paid Political Science & Government Graduates||College Factual|
|#14||Best Colleges for Political Science & Government||College Factual|
|#14||Best Colleges for Mathematics||College Factual|
|#23||Highest Paid Computer & Information Sciences Graduates||College Factual|
|#27||Highest Paid Social Sciences Graduates||College Factual|
|#43||Best Colleges for Social Sciences||College Factual|
Where Is Bowdoin College?
Contact details for Bowdoin are given below.
|Address:||255 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME 04011|
How Do I Get Into Bowdoin?
You can apply to Bowdoin online at: https://www.bowdoin.edu/admissions/apply/
Admission Requirements for Bowdoin
|High School GPA||recommended|
|High School Rank||recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||required|
|SAT or ACT Scores||neither required nor recommended|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Bowdoin?
Approximately 47% of accepted students are men and 53% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 15%, and the acceptance rate for women is 12%.
Can I Afford Bowdoin College?
The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.
Student Loan Debt
Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Bowdoin, approximately 18% of students took out student loans averaging $7,044 a year. That adds up to $28,176 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at Bowdoin is 2.5%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.
Bowdoin College Undergraduate Student Diversity
Of the 1,834 full-time undergraduates at Bowdoin, 49% are male and 51% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Bowdoin College students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||140|
|Hispanic or Latino||208|
Maine students aren't the only ones who study at Bowdoin College. At this time, 42 states are represented by the student population at the school.
Over 35 countries are represented at Bowdoin. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Canada, and South Korea.
Bowdoin College Undergraduate Concentrations
The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.
|Political Science & Government||108||108|
|Natural Resources Conservation||30||30|
|Neurobiology & Neurosciences||27||27|
|Child Development & Psychology||26||26|
|General English Literature||24||24|
|Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology||22||22|
|Geological & Earth Sciences||12||12|
|Fine & Studio Arts||10||10|
|Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages||4||4|
|General Visual & Performing Arts||3||3|
|Classical & Ancient Studies||2||2|
|Mathematics & Computer Science||2||2|
|Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies||2||2|
|Teacher Education Subject Specific||1||1|
|Drama & Theater Arts||1||1|
|Classical Languages & Literature||0||0|
*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
More about our data sources and methodologies.
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