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Get the facts about Bowdoin College. Learn how it ranks, what majors it offers, how diverse it is, and much more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Bowdoin College Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

In its yearly rankings, College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities to determine which ones are the best in a variety of categories, such as overall value, quality, diversity, which schools are the best for each major, and much more.

Bowdoin College was awarded 57 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is political science and government.

Overall Quality

Bowdoin is ranked #30 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 5% of all schools in the nation.

Bowdoin is also ranked #1 out of 17 schools in Maine.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Bowdoin?

Acceptance Rate

Bowdoin College has a very low acceptance rate of 14%, making it one of the most selective out of all the colleges and universities in the nation. It's probably a good idea to apply to other schools in addition to Bowdoin just in case you don't make the cut.

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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

When estimating how much access students will have to their teachers, some people like to look at what percentage of faculty members are full time. This is because part-time teachers may not have as much time to spend on campus 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 96% 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  96 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate for someone pursuing a bachelor's degree is typically four years. This rate at Bowdoin for first-time, full-time students is 86%, which is better than the national average of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  86 out of 100

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Excellent Overall Diversity at Bowdoin

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,816 undergraduates at Bowdoin with 1,813 being full-time and 3 being part-time.

Bowdoin Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

With an overall score of 99.23 out of 100, Bowdoin is one of the most diverse schools in the nation.

Overall Diversity Score  99.23 out of 100
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How Much Does Bowdoin College Cost?

The overall average net price of Bowdoin is $21,300. 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 +
$6,123 $8,329 $17,078 $21,013 $36,344

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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Bowdoin, approximately 18% of students took out student loans averaging $7,550 a year. That adds up to $30,200 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.

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How Much Money Do Bowdoin Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from Bowdoin make around $65,500 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Bowdoin graduates since it is 65% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


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Location of Bowdoin College

Located in Brunswick, Maine, Bowdoin College is a private not-for-profit institution. The surrounding location of Brunswick is ideal for students who enjoy the charms of a college town.

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Location of Bowdoin College

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 108 $50,400
Economics 69 $65,100
Mathematics 54 $59,400
Area Studies 53 NA
History 34 NA
Computer Science 30 $88,700
Natural Resources Conservation 30 $22,500
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 27 NA
General Biology 27 NA
Child Development & Psychology 26 NA

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

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