Bowdoin College GPA, SAT, and ACT Data

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Bowdoin GPA, SAT, and ACT Graph

Bowdoin College GPA, SAT Scores, and ACT Scores for Admission
Bowdoin College GPA, SAT Scores, and ACT Scores for Admission. Data courtesy of Cappex.

With about six out of seven applicants receiving a rejection letter, Bowdoin College is one of the most selective liberal arts colleges in the country. To get in, you're going to need strong grades and an impressive application. Most applicants have high SAT and ACT scores, but they are not necessary—Bowdoin has test-optional admissions.

For the enrolling class of 2020, the Bowdoin College website reports that 93 percent of those who submitted SAT scored had above 650 on SAT CR and above 650 on SAT Math.

  • Median SAT CR: 740
  • Middle 50 percent SAT CR: 710 to 770
  • Median SAT Math: 730
  • Middle 50 percent SAT Math: 690 to 770
  • Median ACT: 33
  • Middle 50 percent SAT: 32 to 34

The acceptance rate for the class of 2021 was less than 14 percent. Their acceptance rate has been declining each year.

How do you measure up at Bowdoin College?  Calculate your chances of getting in with this free tool from Cappex.

Admissions Graph for Bowdoin College

In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. Most accepted students had a high school average of "A-" or higher. Typical SAT scores are above 1300, but lower scores won't affect your chance of getting in. High grades in challenging courses are the most important part of the application.

Note that there are a lot of red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue of the graph. Many students with grades that were on target for Bowdoin did not get accepted. Note also that a few students got in with grades down in the "B" range. This is because Bowdoin uses The Common Application and has a holistic admissions policy. Along with the rigor of your high school courses, Bowdoin wants to see an engaging and interesting application essay, meaningful extracurricular activities, and glowing letters of recommendation.

Thirty-four percent of the enrolled students of the class of 2021 are students of color. More than 16 percent of the enrolled students for the class of 2021 are first generation, with neither parent having a four-year degree.

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