Bowdoin College

Bowdoin College Data & Information Overview

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How Well Is Bowdoin College Ranked?

Quality Badge

2023 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 389 badges in the 2023 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is Asian studies.

Overall Quality

Bowdoin is ranked #20 out of 2,241 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2023 Best Colleges list. This puts it in the top 1% of all schools in the nation! This is an improvement over the previous year, when Bowdoin held the #27 spot on the Best Overall Colleges list.

Out of the 19 colleges in Maine, Bowdoin is ranked at #1.

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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 9%, so there's no shame if you don't get in. Be sure to apply to other schools just in case.

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Bowdoin College Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Bowdoin is an impressive 8 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 90%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  90 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Bowdoin College

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate of 86% 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  86 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 88%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  88 out of 100

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Bowdoin College Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 1,777 undergraduates at Bowdoin with 1,776 being full-time and 1 being part-time.

How Much Does Bowdoin College Cost?

The overall average net price of Bowdoin is $22,840. 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 $7,823 $14,896 $22,177 $40,166

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 15% of students took out student loans averaging $9,571 a year. That adds up to $38,284 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Bowdoin is 0.7%. 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 $66,864 per year during the early years of their employment. This is good news for future Bowdoin graduates since it is 57% more than the average college graduate's salary of $42,485 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 100 $51,934
Economics 72 $61,127
Area Studies 51 $46,244
Mathematics 42 NA
General Biology 34 $44,658
Geological & Earth Sciences 33 NA
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 30 $39,454
Sociology 28 $34,060
General English Literature 27 NA
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 25 NA

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

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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.


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