Bowdoin College

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 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 schools 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, unofficial score reports, scores reported on transcripts, or verified through college counselors will be accepted. 

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


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.


2018-2019 CSS/Financial Aid 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 PROFILE, or by contacting the Bowdoin Admissions Office at

If your parents own a business or farm: 

  • Submit the CSS Financial Aid/PROFILE Business/Farm Supplement

If your parents are divorced or separated:

  • Your noncustodial parent must submit the online Noncustodial PROFILE using the login ID and password that will be emailed to you when you complete the CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE.
  • Your noncustodial parent must also submit copies of their 2016 federal tax returns with all schedules, attachments, W-2 Forms, and other earnings statements. Submit directly to Bowdoin using this cover sheet.
  • 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’ 2016 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 this cover sheet.

Mail or fax to the Student Aid Office (see Contact Information below).


Arts Supplement

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

Options following the Match

Early Decision

Finalists who do not match may apply Early Decision to Bowdoin through 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 committment and students will receive an admissions decision in early February.

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 6 - December 11. 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 to Bowdoin according to your status by the deadlines listed 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

Common Application with Bowdoin Writing Supplement, and all supporting documents



Bowdoin Supplement

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 

Midyear Report

Email to

Email to

Application Fee



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

2018-2019 CSS/Financial

CSS code: 3089
Available: Oct. 1


2016 Federal Tax Returns and W-2 Forms


2018-2019 FAFSA
Available: Oct. 1

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

Fax  or mail federal income tax returns to:
Student Aid Office
Bowdoin College
5300 College Station
Brunswick, ME 04011
Fax: (207) 725-3864

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