With about four out of five 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. 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 1800, 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.
To learn more about Bowdoin College, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Bowdoin College Admissions Profile
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?