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Bowdoin College

Bowdoin, an elite liberal arts college in coastal Maine, counts among its alumni such influencers as Netflix founder Reed Hastings and poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. Although it is highly selective, accepting about 9% of applicants in 2019, Bowdoin has been test-optional for roughly 50 years, meaning applicants are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores. As part of the school's classic liberal arts approach, its some 2,000 students must do coursework in all of the major disciplines, including math, science, the arts, and social sciences. Students can choose from 42 majors and 41 minors; the most popular programs include government and legal studies, economics, and mathematics. Bowdoin promises to provide grants to meet the entire demonstrated need of students who can't afford the full sticker price. About 95% of students graduate within six years. Outside of academics, Bowdoin's Polar Bears field more than 30 Division III sports teams. The college's dining service, which has its own organic garden and butcher, consistently ranks at or near the top nationwide. One social highlight of the year is the annual Lobster Bake, at which students chow down on the local delicacy. Students are also only five minutes from downtown Brunswick, and landmarks like the house where famous abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe wrote Uncle Tom's Cabin.
CORONAVIRUS UPDATE
FALL 2020 PLAN: Bowdoin College is welcoming a limited number of students back to campus in the fall, including first-year and transfer students, students who have unstable learning environments at home, and seniors work on hands-on projects. All other students are receiving virtual instruction.
costs
Est. Full Price 2020-2021
$72,400
% of students who get any grants
50%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$25,900
Average price for low-income students
$6,400
admissions
Acceptance rate
10%
Median SAT/ACT Score
NA/NA
SAT/ACT Required for Fall 2021?
no
Enrollment
1,830
Financial Aid
% of students with need who get grants
100%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit* grants
2%
Average merit grant
$1,000
student success
Graduation rate
95%
Average time to a degree
4.1 years
Average student debt
$15,850
Average salary within 5 years
$56,000
% earning more than $28,000
86%
key deadlines
Early decision application
Nov 15
Regular application
Jan 1

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

coronavirus update

FALL 2020 PLAN: Bowdoin College is welcoming a limited number of students back to campus in the fall, including first-year and transfer students, students who have unstable learning environments at home, and seniors work on hands-on projects. All other students are receiving virtual instruction.

* Share of full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants.

* Full price of attendance includes on-campus room & board fees, which may not be applicable to all colleges' reopening plans this year.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, Money/American Institutes for Research calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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