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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 is test-optional, meaning applicants are not required to submit SAT or ACT scores. As part of the school's classic liberal arts approach, its some 1,800 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.
costs
Est. Full Price 2019-2020
$71,100
% of students who get any grants
50%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$26,100
Average price for low-income students
$5,870
admissions
Acceptance rate
14%
Median SAT/ACT Score
NA/NA
SAT/ACT required?
No
Enrollment
1,812
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
$18,650
Average salary within 3 years
$59,700
% of low-income students who become upper middle class
42%
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.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson's, PayScale.com, MONEY/College Measures calculations, Opportunity Insights.

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