Bowdoin College: Explore Bowdoin

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.

The program provides an excellent opportunity to visit the College, meet our students and faculty, sample 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 student aid. You will see that academic excellence, leadership, creativity, and character are hallmarks of a Bowdoin education. 

Interested high school seniors (US citizens, permanent residents, and undocumented/DACA students living in the US) 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 families to attend college.

"The students as well as the faculty at Bowdoin are absolutely amazing. I felt like I fit right in and I didn't want to leave."

"My host and all of her friends made me feel really welcome, and they showed me that Bowdoin is truly a community of kind, intelligent, friendly scholars who can have fun while also studying hard. It was a fabulous experience that I will never forget."

"The whole program was one of the best I have ever been on! Thanks to the weekend, Bowdoin is definitely my top choice for college!"

Travel dates

For both programs, students will arrive on Bowdoin's campus throughout the day on Thursday (travel day) and depart very early on Sunday morning. Students must select one of the program dates and should ensure that they do not have any scheduling conflicts for the date selected. Be advised that November 3 is an ACT test date.

Required materials

In addition to completing the online application (essay required), students will need to send a copy of their transcript (an unofficial copy and screenshots are acceptable) for consideration. Transcripts must show final grades through the end of the student's junior year and can be emailed to, faxed to (207) 725-3101, attached to the application, or uploaded to the student's Explore Bowdoin portal after applying. The transcript must be received by the program deadline for the application to be considered complete. Applicants will be notified, via their applicant portal, shortly after the application deadline regarding our selection for the programs.  

Please email if you have any questions about the program or the application.

MaineShontavia Johnson