Bowdoin College

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$60,952
5.5% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$22,776
After Financial Aid
2022 Acceptance Rate
9.19%
9,376 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
1,915
99.7% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
94%
473 Graduates

About

Bowdoin College is a higher education institution located in Cumberland County, ME. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Bowdoin College were General Political Science & Government (83 degrees awarded), Econometrics & Quantitative Economics (78 degrees), and General Mathematics (43 degrees).

In 2022, 631 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Bowdoin College. 50.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 49.4% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (336 degrees), 4.48 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (75 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Bowdoin College is $60,952, which is $32,622 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Bowdoin College is $60,952, which is $32,622 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $22,776.

In 2022, 53% of undergraduate students attending Bowdoin College received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 10% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$60,952
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Bowdoin College was $60,952. The cost of tuition at Bowdoin College is $32,622 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($28,330).

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Average Net Price

$22,776
2022 Value
14.8%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Bowdoin College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $22,776. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Bowdoin College grew by 14.8%.

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Other Student Expenses

$15,898
Room and Board
$840
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Bowdoin College was of $15,898 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 18.3% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $840. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

53%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
10%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

53% of undergraduate students at Bowdoin College received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a decline of 5.36% with respect to 2021, when 56% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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0%
2019 Default Rate
0
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Bowdoin College was 0%, which represents 0 out of the 148 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Bowdoin College received 9,376 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 0.547% annual growth. Out of those 9,376 applicants, 862 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 9.19% acceptance rate.

There were 1,915 students enrolled at Bowdoin College in 2022. 36% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Bowdoin College has an overall enrollment yield of 58.9%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

9.19%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
862
Accepted Out of 9,376

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Bowdoin College was 9.19% (862 admissions from 9,376 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 8.82%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 0.547%, while admissions grew by 4.87%..

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SAT Scores

36%
Submission Percentage (2022)
183
Scores Submitted (2022)

36% of enrolled first-time students at Bowdoin College in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Bowdoin College had a total enrollment of 1,915 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Bowdoin College is 1,909 students and the part-time enrollment is 6. This means that 99.7% of students enrolled at Bowdoin College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Bowdoin College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 55.5% White, 13.2% Hispanic or Latino, 9.3% Asian, 8.83% Two or More Races, 6.01% Black or African American, 0.157% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.104% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Bowdoin College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (28.8%), followed by White Female (26.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (7.39%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

99.7%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Bowdoin College in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,915 students. The full-time enrollment at Bowdoin College is 1,909 and the part-time enrollment is 6. This means that 99.7% of students enrolled at Bowdoin College are enrolled full-time compared with 79.6% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

96%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Bowdoin College was 96%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (72%), Bowdoin College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    1,063 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    253 enrolled students
  3. Asian
    178 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Bowdoin College is 55.5% White, 13.2% Hispanic or Latino, 9.3% Asian, 8.83% Two or More Races, 6.01% Black or African American, 0.157% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders, and 0.104% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 54.3% White, 13.8% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.1% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 6 students (0.313%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 7 more women than men received degrees from Bowdoin College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Bowdoin College is white (336 degrees awarded). There were 4.48 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (75 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Bowdoin College is General Political Science & Government (83 degrees awarded), followed by Econometrics & Quantitative Economics (78 degrees) and General Mathematics (43 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Bowdoin College, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Physical Sciences (49 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (189 degrees), and History (29 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Bowdoin College are Lawyers, & judges, magistrates, & other judicial workers (492,872 people), Other managers (385,421 people), Postsecondary teachers (304,467 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (292,129 people), and Secondary school teachers (217,275 people).

The most specialized majors at Bowdoin College in 2022 are Physical Sciences (49 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (189 degrees), History (29 degrees), Math & Statistics (43 degrees), and English (29 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Bowdoin College are Diagnostic medical sonographers, Surgeons, Magnetic resonance imaging technologists, Physicians, and Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists

The most specialized majors at Bowdoin College are Physical Sciences (49 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (189 degrees), History (29 degrees), Math & Statistics (43 degrees), and English (29 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Bowdoin College are Elementary & secondary schools (727,597 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (596,332 people), Legal services (391,424 people), Computer Systems Design (350,533 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (243,301 people).

The most specialized majors at Bowdoin College are Physical Sciences (49 degrees awarded), Social Sciences (189 degrees), History (29 degrees), Math & Statistics (43 degrees), and English (29 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Bowdoin College.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 83 degrees awarded
  2. 78 degrees awarded
  3. 43 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Bowdoin College was General Political Science & Government with 83 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

312
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
319
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 312 degrees were awarded to men at Bowdoin College, which is 0.978 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (319).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 55 degrees were awarded to men at Bowdoin College in Econometrics & Quantitative Economics, which is 2.39 times more than the 23 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 39 degrees were awarded to men at Bowdoin College in General Political Science & Government, which is 0.886 times less than the 44 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

91%
100% Completion Time
95%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 91% of students graduating from Bowdoin College completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 95% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 95% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Hispanic or Latino Male
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Bowdoin College is Male and Hispanic or Latino (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1.06% of graduates (5 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    336 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    75 degrees awarded
  3. Two or More Races
    53 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Bowdoin College is white (336 degrees awarded). There were 4.48 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (75 degrees).

0.634% of degree recipients (4 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Male
    176 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    160 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Male
    39 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Bowdoin College is white male (176 degrees awarded). There were 1.1 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (160 degrees).

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Operations

Bowdoin College has an endowment valued at nearly $2.47B, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−8.14%) compared to the 0.58% average return (286k on 49.3M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2022, Bowdoin College had a total salary expenditure of 203M. Bowdoin College employs 68 Assistant professors, 65 Professors and 59 Associate professors. Most academics at Bowdoin College are Female Associate professor (36), Female Assistant professor (35), and Male Professor (33).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Bowdoin College are: Service, with 192 employees, Management, with 130 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 92 employees.

Endowment

$2.47B
2022 Endowment
9.04%
decline from 2021

Bowdoin College has an endowment valued at about $2.47B, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Bowdoin College declined 9.04% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $2.42B higher than than the median endowment of Baccalaureate Colleges according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Baccalaureate Colleges: Arts & Sciences Focus Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$83.9M
2022 Salaries
12.6%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Bowdoin College paid a median of $83.9M in salaries, which represents 41.3% of their overall expenditure ($203M) and a 12.6% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.7M (37.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$26.3M
Instructional Salaries
218
Number of Employees

In 2022, Bowdoin College paid a total of $26.3M to 218 employees working as instructors, which represents 31.4% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $5.04M (32.1%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
68 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
192 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Bowdoin College were Assistant professor with 68 employees, Professor with 65 employees, and Associate professor with 59 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Bowdoin College were Service with 192 employees, Management with 130 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 92 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Associate professor
  2. Female Assistant professor
  3. Male Professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Bowdoin College was Female Associate professor with 36 employees, Female Assistant professor with 35 employees, and Male Professor with 33 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Bowdoin College.

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