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    You've been admitted to Bowdoin! What's next?

    We’re excited you’ve been admitted to Bowdoin. Below are answers to our most frequently asked questions.

    Bowdoin Bearings events for admitted students

    Bowdoin Bearings is a collection of on-campus and virtual events for admitted students and their families. It includes: Bearings in Brunswick, on-campus events hosted at Bowdoin on April 18-19; Polar Preview, one half-day event on April 8 if you can't make it to Bearings in Brunswick; and, a series of virtual events held in March and April.

    On-campus events

    Yes! We understand that the timing doesn’t work for everyone. The Polar Preview on April 8 is an alternative option to visit campus and meet fellow Bowdoin Class of 2028 classmates. You may also register for an admissions tour and information session (geared toward prospective students) or take our self-guided campus tour. You can also reach out to your Admissions Officer to let them know you’ll be on campus so they can say hello and answer any additional questions. If you’d like to meet with the Student Aid Office, please contact them directly to schedule an appointment during your visit. 

    There is no capacity limit to our Bearings in Brunswick program - the more the merrier! If our Polar Preview event on April 8 fills to capacity, we will maintain a waitlist for any cancellations. We will not maintain a waitlist for class visits during Bearings in Brunswick. Any available spaces will show up as available on the registration form. 

    Yes! We look forward to welcoming family members and guests to our Bearings in Brunswick and Polar Preview events. Students  are able to invite guests when they register for Bearings in Brunswick and Polar Preview events at 

    Students are welcome to visit campus alone or with family members. If a student will be staying overnight, please be aware that Bowdoin is not able to offer housing on-campus, so be sure to make appropriate travel and lodging arrangements. You can find a list of area accommodations.

    The College considers an individual to be fully vaccinated after having completed their primary series of either the two-dose Pfizer or Moderna vaccine or a single dose of the Johnson and Johnson vaccine. 

    Any changes or cancelations can be made through your Application Portal up until the registration deadlines (April 11 for Bearings in Brunswick, and the Wednesday prior to each Polar Preview event.) If you need to make a change after the deadline, please let us know at

    Virtual events

    Two virtual events will be recorded: Students Talk – Residential Life and Students Talk – Academic Life. Links to view the recordings will be emailed to all admitted students later in April.

    All virtual events are open to admitted students only.

    Enrolling and next steps

    May 1, 2023, at midnight eastern time is the deadline to accept your place in Bowdoin's Class of 2027. Log in to your Application Portal and complete the admission reply form. You will then be prompted to submit your $300 deposit payment or request a deposit waiver. 

    The orientation team and Office of the Dean of Students will be hosting Zoom sessions, as well as posting informative videos, for incoming students and their families during the week of June 12-16. Topics will include academics, placement exams, and course registration information, Orientation trip information, information for Transfer students and International students, housing, health services, counseling and wellness services, and student accessibility information, summer forms and deadlines, and more. Each live call will include time for questions and answers. All calls will be recorded and posted for students and their families to access through the summer. The full schedule of Pre-Orientation events will be available by early May.

    Students admitted to Bowdoin may apply to defer their attendance for one year. Gap year requests can be submitted through your Application Portal after you've accepted Bowdoin's offer of admission. Note: Students offered admission from the waitlist and transfer students are unable to defer their enrollment.

    Your request must include a general timeline of how your year will be spent and what you hope to learn during that time. During your gap year you may not apply to or enroll at any another institution as degree seeking students or take courses at another college or university for credit.

    We do require that a school official send us your final high school transcript—with your graduation date—as soon as it is available. All transcripts can be sent to the Admissions Office at If you have already graduated from high school and we have your final high school transcript on file, there is no need to send us the transcript again. 

    Contact the Office of the Registar at or 207-725-3521. 

    Visit Bowdoin's COVID-19 information page for the most up-to-date information on campus guidelines and policies.