Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College was established in 1794 and named in honor of James Bowdoin, the former governor of Massachusetts. His son, James Bowdoin III, was a benefactor of the college. This private, non-profit liberal arts college has a 215-acre campus in Brunswick, Maine. It also operates a 200-acre scientific field station on Kent Island, and a 118-acre coastal studies center on Orrs Island.

Bowdoin College offers a number of majors and minors in subjects which include African studies, art history, computer science, music, sciences, neuroscience, psychology, religion, gay and lesbian studies, gender and women's studies, teaching, and film studies. The college was given the 6th position in the U.S. News and World Report's 2009 edition of the top liberal arts colleges in the United States.

The sports teams of Bowdoin College, nicknamed the Polar Bears, participate in cross country, field hockey, golf, rugby, sailing, soccer, tennis, volleyball, football, basketball, ice hockey, squash, Nordic skiing, swimming and diving, baseball, track, lacrosse, and softball. The Bowdoin Polar Bears are members of the New England Small College Athletic Conference in the NCAA's Division III.

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Bowdoin College
5700 College Station - President's Office
Brunswick , ME 04011-8448
General Phone: (207) 725-3000

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Bowdoin Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts287African studies, Asian studies, Central/Middle Eastern studies, Latin American studies, women's studies, Russian language, German language, Romance languages, French language, ...
Science62biology, biochemistry, chemistry, chemical physics, geology, geochemistry, geophysics, physics
Fine Arts23fine arts, art history and criticism
Therapy and Counseling22psychology
Mathematics14mathematics, mathematics and computer science
Religion and Philosophy10philosophy, religion
Computer Science and Engineering9computer science
Drama and Performing Arts5theater history and criticism
Conservation and Resource Management0environmental studies

Number of programs and degrees for Bowdoin in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree45142

Bowdoin Student Body

In 2007-2008, Bowdoin had a total enrollment of 1,716 students (1,706 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 53%
Women 47%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 68%
Black 6%
Hispanic 8%
Asian 13%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 2%
(Foreign Students) 3%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 49%
20-21 43%
22-24 6%
25-29 0%
40-49 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York12%
New Jersey4%
(International Students)4%
New Hampshire3%
North Carolina1%
Washington, DC1%
Rhode Island1%

Bowdoin Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 96 %

Bowdoin Room and Board (2007)

Bowdoin offers campus housing for 1,648 of its 1,706 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Brunswick, Maine for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Maine Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 19 meals per week.

Bowdoin Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal650760
SAT Math650750
SAT Writing660750
ACT Verbal2934
ACT Math2934
ACT Composite2933

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)not required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT76%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT26%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Bowdoin Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 38,190
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 38,190
Room and board $ 10,380
Room charge $ 4,850
Board (meal plan) charge $ 5,530
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 1,200

Financial Aid:
Bowdoin participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 203800)

Bowdoin Faculty

Bowdoin has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1721
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2023

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year34$130,83823$126,845
Associate professoracademic year33$89,60530$90,877
Assistant professoracademic year27$69,20532$69,904
Instructoracademic year2*2*
Lectureracademic year7$56,1839$61,183
All faculty totalacademic year103$95,07596$89,100

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Bowdoin Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football New England Small College Athletic Conference
Basketball New England Small College Athletic Conference
Baseball New England Small College Athletic Conference
Track New England Small College Athletic Conference

Bowdoin Degree Programs (2007)

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Theatre Literature, History and Criticism


Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
African Studies
Ancient Studies/Civilization
Asian Studies/Civilization
Central/Middle and Eastern European Studies
Classical/Ancient Mediterranean/Near Eastern Studies & Archaeology
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Latin American Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Romance Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Women's Studies

Mathematics and Computer Science
Mathematics, General


Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemical Physics
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Geophysics and Seismology
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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