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Explore Bowdoin 2017 Application

The Explore Bowdoin program offers the opportunity to spend three days on Bowdoin’s campus to high-achieving high school seniors from diverse backgrounds who might otherwise be unable to visit. Because we understand that traveling may pose a significant financial burden for many families, the College covers the entire cost of the trip, including all transportation (by plane, Amtrak, or bus) and meals. Students spend up to three nights on the Bowdoin College campus. The program provides an excellent opportunity to visit the College, meet our students and faculty, sample our wonderful food, and learn more about life at Bowdoin.

While on campus, you will experience many of the academic opportunities and social activities that Bowdoin students enjoy. Participants stay with current students in campus housing, attend classes, receive personal admissions interviews, and attend information sessions on admissions and financial aid. You will see that academic excellence, leadership, creativity, and character are hallmarks of a Bowdoin education. 


All interested high school seniors (U.S. Citizens, Permanent Residents, and undocumented/DACA students living in the United States) are welcome to apply. Please note that preference is given to applicants from lower income backgrounds and students who will be the first in their family to attend college.

In addition to completing this application, students must submit a high school transcript showing grades through the end of junior year. Transcripts may be emailed to explore@bowdoin.edu, faxed to 207-725-3101, attached to the application, or uploaded through your Explore Bowdoin portal after applying. Your application will not be considered complete if you do not submit your transcript by the program deadline.

Dates and deadlines for the programs are:

Explore Bowdoin I: September 21-23, 2017
Deadline August 18, 2017 5:00pm ET
Students will arrive on Bowdoin's campus throughout the day on Thursday (travel day) and depart very early on Sunday.

Explore Bowdoin II: October 29-31, 2017
Deadline September 22, 2017 5:00pm ET
Students will arrive on Bowdoin's campus throughout the day on Sunday (travel day) and depart in the afternoon on Tuesday.
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