Bowdoin College

This page will be updated in late summer 2019. 

National College Match Requirements for:

Finalists who rank Bowdoin

Please submit these materials as soon as you are notified you are a Finalist.

College Match Required Application Materials


Official Transcripts

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.


Test Scores (optional)
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.

Home-schooled applicants and candidates applying from secondary schools that provide written evaluations rather than grades are required to submit ACT test results OR SAT test results and two or more SAT Subject Tests. SAT Subject Tests should include Math Level 1 or Math Level 2 and a science.

TOEFL is required for any student attending an overseas school where the language of instruction is not English.

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


Arts Supplement

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


FAFSA code: 002038
Available: Oct. 1

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


CSS Profile
CSS code: 3089
Available: Oct. 1

Please select "Regular Decision" as your admission application type. 

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

If your parents are divorced or separated:

  • Your noncustodial parent must also submit the CSS Profile using a separate College Board account to begin the process.
  • Your noncustodial parent must also submit copies of their 2017 federal tax returns with all schedules, attachments, W-2 Forms, and other earnings statements. Include personal and corporate/partnership tax returns. Submit using IDOC.
  • 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.


A copy of your parents’ 2017 federal income tax returns

Signed, with all schedules, attachments, W-2 forms, and other earnings statements. Include personal and corporate/partnership tax returns. 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 immediately after December 1st to be considered. The deadline for Early Decision II is January 1. 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 College 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 5 - December 10. 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: 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 Required Application Materials


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

Finalists who did not rank Bowdoin

Bowdoin Supplement

Midyear Report

Email to

Email to

Official Transcripts

Update including 12th grade first semester/trimester grades

Official Test Scores
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 Required Financial Aid Materials


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

Finalists who did not rank Bowdoin

2019-2020 FAFSA
FAFSA code: 002038
Available: Oct. 1


US Citizens and Eligible Noncitizens

2019-2020 CSS Profile
CSS code: 3089
Available: Oct. 1


2017 Federal Tax Returns and W-2 Forms


Complete Personal and Business returns and forms

Contact Information 

Contact Information (for mailing/faxing materials and general questions):

Mail or fax official transcripts to:
Ryan Ricciardi
Bowdoin College
5000 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011
Fax: (207) 725-3101, Attn: Ryan Ricciardi

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

Bowdoin Contacts (regarding QuestBridge applications):
Ryan Ricciardi
Associate Dean of Admission
(207) 798-4218

Office of Undergraduate Admissions
Office of Financial Aid