Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Bowdoin College, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to know more about a specific stat? Just click on its tile, and you'll go to a page that goes more in-depth on that subject. You can also use the links below to go directly to any section on this page.

How Well Is Bowdoin College Ranked?

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2022 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Bowdoin College was awarded 200 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is Spanish and Iberian studies.

Overall Quality

Bowdoin is ranked #27 out of 2,576 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2022 Best Colleges list. This lands it a coveted spot in the top 5% of all colleges and universities in the country. This is an improvement over the previous year, when Bowdoin held the #30 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Bowdoin also holds the #1 spot on the Best Colleges in Maine ranking.

See all of the rankings for Bowdoin College.

Is It Hard to Get Into Bowdoin?

Acceptance Rate

Even if you have the best grades and high test scores, that may not be enough to get into Bowdoin since the school has one of the most selective in the country. Its acceptance rate is a mere 14%, so there's no shame if you don't get in. Be sure to apply to other schools just in case.

Learn more about Bowdoin College admissions.

Bowdoin College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Bowdoin is an impressive 9 to 1. That's quite good when you compare it to the national average of 15 to 1. This is a good sign that students at the school will have more opportunities for one-on-one interactions with their professors.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Bowdoin College is 86%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  86 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Bowdoin College

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 98% tells us that most first-year, full-time students like Bowdoin College enough to come back for another year. This is a fair bit higher than the national average of 68%. That's certainly something to check off in the good column about the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  98 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Bowdoin the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 86%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  86 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Bowdoin College.

Bowdoin College Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,835 undergraduates at Bowdoin with 1,834 being full-time and 1 being part-time.

How Much Does Bowdoin College Cost?

The overall average net price of Bowdoin is $21,910. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Bowdoin

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$5,626 $12,603 $14,539 $20,816 $39,701

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Bowdoin, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

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 1.4%. 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.

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How Much Money Do Bowdoin Graduates Make?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Bowdoin with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $65,500 in their early years. That's great news for Bowdoin students since it is 65% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Bowdoin College make the most money.

Location of Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Brunswick, Maine. The charming, small-town atmosphere of Brunswick draws many to the area.

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Contact details for Bowdoin are given below.

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

Bowdoin College Majors

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Political Science & Government 84 $50,400
Economics 63 $65,100
Area Studies 58 NA
Mathematics 45 $59,400
Natural Resources Conservation 37 $22,500
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 37 NA
History 32 NA
General Education 30 NA
General English Literature 30 NA
General Biology 29 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Bowdoin College along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Learn more about online learning at Bowdoin College.

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Notes and References


*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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