Bowdoin College

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Match Requirements for:

Finalists who rank Bowdoin

If you are a Finalist who ranked Bowdoin, your National College Match application will be sent to Bowdoin, and you will need to submit the following requirements to the school by November 1. If you have questions after reviewing the information below, please reach out to the school directly.

Match Requirements
DEADLINE: NOVEMBER 1

Bowdoin College Applicant Portal Activation: QuestBridge will send Finalists’ applications to Bowdoin on October 19, and Bowdoin may need a couple days to import them into their system. Once processed, Bowdoin will then email you instructions to log in and activate your Bowdoin applicant portal, where you can track the status of the materials you submit to Bowdoin.

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Official Transcript(s)

College counselors should mail, fax or email to the Admissions Office (see Contact Information below). Ensure that the cover sheet also includes the student's QuestBridge ID number.

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(Optional) Test Scores
Self-Reported or Official Reports

SAT code: 3089
ACT code: 1636

Bowdoin is a test optional college. Read more about Bowdoin's Test Optional Policy to decide your test plan.

An English Proficiency test is required for any student attending an overseas school where the language of instruction is not English. Bowdoin accepts the TOEFL, IELTS, and Duolingo English Test.

Students participating in the Match process need not submit official scores to Bowdoin College. Students who have ranked Bowdoin in the National College Match will receive a Bowdoin specific applicant portal where they may request suppression of standardized test scores. 

Bowdoin does not require official test score submission at the time of the application. For those submitting test scores, Bowdoin accepts unofficial score reports, scores reported on transcripts, or those verified through college counselors. 

Those who are matched with Bowdoin should send an official score report from the College Board or ACT in December to verify the information on the QuestBridge application. DO NOT use the rush reporting service. 

If you have questions about Bowdoin's test optional policy, please email questbridge@bowdoin.edu.

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Optional Arts Supplement  

Students interested in submitting an arts supplement (music, theater, dance, or visual art & photography) should email questbridge@bowdoin.edu for additional information. 

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2022-2023 FAFSA

FAFSA code: 002038
Available: Oct. 1

Only US Citizens and Eligible Noncitizens must complete this federal form.

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2022-2023 CSS Profile

CSS code: 3089
Available: Oct. 1

Please select “Early Decision” or "Regular Decision" as your admission application type. This required field on the CSS Profile does not impact your aid eligibility at Bowdoin. 

Fee waivers may be available from the College Board when you register for the CSS Profile, or by contacting the Bowdoin Student Aid Office at sao@bowdoin.edu

If your parents are divorced or separated:

  • Both of your biological/adoptive parent(s) will complete their own CSS Profile with different log-in credentials. It is highly recommended that the student and custodial parent start the CSS Profile first, as the non-custodial cannot submit information until the student selects a school that requires the submission of non-custodial parent information.
  • If you do not have any contact with your noncustodial parent, then you may submit a request to waive the requirement of their financial information. Download the Noncustodial Parent Waiver Petition.

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2020 Federal Tax Returns and Forms for Custodial and Non-Custodial Parent (if applicable)

Both the custodial and non-custodial parent only if they are US citizens and Eligible Noncitizens must submit tax forms unless otherwise requested. Signed, with all schedules, attachments, W-2 forms, and other earnings statements. Include personal and corporate/partnership tax returns.

Non-tax filers will use the Non-Tax Filer Statement found on IDOC. Also submit copies of your parents' recent paystubs or other verification of current-year income.  Submit your parents' financial documents directly to Bowdoin using IDOC. You will receive information about IDOC after you submit the CSS Profile. 

Options following the Match

Early Decision

Finalists who do not match may apply Early Decision to Bowdoin through either Early Decision I or Early Decision II.

Interested applicants must contact questbridge@bowdoin.edu immediately after December 1 to be considered. The deadline for Early Decision II is January 5. Students must complete the Bowdoin Supplement and complete the Early Decision Agreement. Both forms will become available through the student's Bowdoin specific applicant portal after they have informed Bowdoin of their decision to apply Early Decision. Early Decision is a binding commitment and students will receive an admissions decision in mid-December (Early Decision I) or early February (Early Decision II).

Regular Decision

All Finalists who rank Bowdoin for the Match, but did not match to a binding college will automatically have their applications moved into the Regular Decision process.

If you no longer wish to be considered, you must contact the Admissions Office to withdraw your application (see Contact Information below).

Regular Decision Requirements:

Step 1: Select Bowdoin on the QuestBridge Regular Decision Form on your Application Management page between November 3 - December 12. Only check the box if you fully intend to submit a complete application to Bowdoin (including all of the materials detailed in the table below).

Step 2: Activate your Bowdoin Applicant Portal. QuestBridge will send Finalists’ applications to Bowdoin on December 15 and Bowdoin may need a couple days to import them into their system. Use the Bowdoin applicant portal, sent to you via email, to track the status of your materials you submit to Bowdoin. 

Step 3: Submit all additional required application and financial materials by the applicable deadlines directly to Bowdoin as detailed in the table below.

Information for Non-Finalists

indicates a required material

Regular Decision Requirements: Admission Materials
DEADLINE: JANUARY 5

 

Finalists who ranked Bowdoin and submitted all materials (but did not match to a binding college)

Finalists who did not rank Bowdoin

Bowdoin Supplement

QuestBridge Midyear Report

Email to admissions@bowdoin.edu

Email to admissions@bowdoin.edu

Official Transcript(s)

Update including 12th grade first semester/trimester grades

(Optional) Test Scores
Self-Reported or Official Reports

SAT code: 3089
ACT code: 1636

Read Bowdoin's Test Optional Policy

Only if new scores to report

Only if new scores to report 

Regular Decision Requirements: Financial Aid Materials
DEADLINE: FEBRUARY 15

 

Finalists who ranked Bowdoin and submitted all materials (but did not match to a binding college)

Finalists who did not rank Bowdoin

2022-2023 FAFSA

FAFSA code: 002038
Available: Oct. 1

 

US Citizens and Eligible Noncitizens

2022-2023 CSS Profile

CSS code: 3089
Available: Oct. 1

 

2020 Federal Tax Returns and Forms

 

Complete Personal and Business returns and forms for US tax filers

Contact Information 

Bowdoin Contacts (regarding QuestBridge applications and general questions):
Ryan Ricciardi
Associate Dean of Admission
Email: questbridge@bowdoin.edu
Phone: (207) 424-1802

All financial aid questions should be directed to sao@bowdoin.edu. Please include "QuestBridge Match Applicant" in the subject line. 

Contact Information (for sending admission materials):

Mail, email, or fax official transcripts to:
Ryan Ricciardi
Bowdoin College
5000 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011
Email: questbridge@bowdoin.edu
Fax: (207) 725-3101, Attn: Ryan Ricciardi

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Office of Financial Aid