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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?

664 Undergraduate Awards
$52,816 Avg Cost After Aid
14% Acceptance Rate
  • 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.

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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.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#5 Best Archeology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Political Science & Government Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Sociology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#10 Best Social Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#12 Best Anthropology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Mathematics & Statistics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#17 Best Mathematics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Economics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#25 Best Computer Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#35 Most Popular Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Bowdoin has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#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?

Location of Bowdoin College

Contact details for Bowdoin are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 255 Maine Street, Brunswick, ME 04011
Phone: 207-725-3000

How Do I Get Into Bowdoin?

You can apply to Bowdoin online at:

Admission Requirements for Bowdoin

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores neither required nor recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Bowdoin?

14% Acceptance Rate
53% Of Accepted Are Women
The acceptance rate at Bowdoin is 14%, which means the school is highly selective when deciding who will be admitted and who won't. Even if you have great grades and test scores, that may not be enough. So be sure to look for ways to make your application memorable.

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?

$52,816 Net Price
18% Take Out Loans
2.5% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Bowdoin is $52,816. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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

1,834 Full-Time Undergraduates
51% Women
34% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 1,835 undergraduate students at Bowdoin, with 1,834 being full-time and 1 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Bowdoin

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,834 full-time undergraduates at Bowdoin, 49% are male and 51% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Bowdoin

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Bowdoin College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Bowdoin Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 132
Black or African American 140
Hispanic or Latino 208
White 1,087
International Students 121
Other Races/Ethnicities 146

Geographic Diversity

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.

Major Bachelor’s TOTAL
Political Science & Government 108 108
Economics 69 69
Mathematics 54 54
Area Studies 53 53
History 34 34
Computer Science 30 30
Natural Resources Conservation 30 30
General Biology 27 27
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 27 27
Child Development & Psychology 26 26
General Education 24 24
General English Literature 24 24
Physics 23 23
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 22 22
Sociology 22 22
Geological & Earth Sciences 12 12
Ethnic Studies 11 11
Philosophy 10 10
Fine & Studio Arts 10 10
Religious Studies 8 8
Chemistry 7 7
Germanic Languages 5 5
Anthropology 5 5
Music 5 5
Slavic, Baltic & Albanian Languages 4 4
General Visual & Performing Arts 3 3
Romance Languages 2 2
Classical & Ancient Studies 2 2
Mathematics & Computer Science 2 2
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 2 2
Teacher Education Subject Specific 1 1
Archeology 1 1
Drama & Theater Arts 1 1
Classical Languages & Literature 0 0
TOTAL 664 664


*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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