Bowdoin College

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$55,822
4.5% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$23,808
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
1.44%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
9.05%
9,332 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
1,835
99.9% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
94.9%
467 Graduates

About

Bowdoin College is a higher education institution located in Cumberland County, ME. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Bowdoin College were General Political Science & Government (108 degrees awarded), Econometrics & Quantitative Economics (69 degrees), and General Mathematics (54 degrees).

In 2019, 664 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Bowdoin College. 49.2% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 50.8% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (440 degrees), 6.98 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (63 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Bowdoin College is $55,822, which is $28,542 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Bowdoin College is $55,822, which is $28,542 more than the national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $23,808.

In 2019, 52% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 18% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$55,822
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Bowdoin College was $55,822. The cost of tuition at Bowdoin College is $28,542 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Baccalaureate Colleges ($27,280).

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Average Net Price

$23,808
2019 Value
4.12%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Bowdoin College had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $23,808. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Bowdoin College grew by 4.12%.

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Other Student Expenses

$14,698
Room and Board
$840
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Bowdoin College was of $14,698 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $840. The cost of room and board increased by 4.01% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

52%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
18%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

52% of undergraduate students at Bowdoin College received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 4% with respect to 2018, when 50% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
1.44%
2017 Default Rate
2
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Bowdoin College was 1.44%, which represents 2 out of the 139 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Bowdoin College received 9,332 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 2.76% annual growth. Out of those 9,332 applicants, 845 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 9.05% acceptance rate.

There were 1,835 students enrolled at Bowdoin College in 2019, and N/A% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Bowdoin College has an overall enrollment yield of 59.1%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

9.05%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
845
Accepted Out of 9,332

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Bowdoin College was 9.05% (845 admissions from 9,332 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 10.3%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants grew by 2.76%, while admissions declined by −9.33%.

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SAT Scores

N/A%
Submission Percentage
N/A
Scores Submitted

N/A% of enrolled first-time students at Bowdoin College in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Bowdoin College has a total enrollment of 1,835 students. The full-time enrollment at Bowdoin College is 1,834 students and the part-time enrollment is 1. This means that 99.9% of students enrolled at Bowdoin College are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Bowdoin College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 59.3% White, 11.3% Hispanic or Latino, 7.63% Black or African American, 7.19% Asian, 6.98% Two or More Races, 0.327% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.163% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Bowdoin College in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Male (30.2%), followed by White Female (29.1%) and Hispanic or Latino Male (5.73%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly N/A, followed by N/A and N/A.

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

99.9%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Bowdoin College, both undergraduate and graduate, is 1,835 students. The full-time enrollment at Bowdoin College is 1,834 and the part-time enrollment is 1. This means that 99.9% of students enrolled at Bowdoin College are enrolled full-time compared with 81.1% at similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Retention Rate over Time

98%
2019 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 98%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Baccalaureate Colleges (73%), Bowdoin College had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    1,088
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    208
  3. Black or African American
    140

The enrolled student population at Bowdoin College is 59.3% White, 11.3% Hispanic or Latino, 7.63% Black or African American, 7.19% Asian, 6.98% Two or More Races, 0.327% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.163% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Baccalaureate Colleges is 55% White, 14% Black or African American, and 13.1% Hispanic or Latino.

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, 9 students (0.49%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 10 fewer women than men received degrees from Bowdoin College. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Bowdoin College is white (440 degrees awarded). There were 6.98 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (63 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Bowdoin College is General Political Science & Government (108 degrees awarded), followed by Econometrics & Quantitative Economics (69 degrees) and General Mathematics (54 degrees).

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 Cultural & Gender Studies (64 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (18 degrees), and Math & Statistics (54 degrees).

Workforce

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 (417,134 people), Other managers (288,019 people), Postsecondary teachers (184,909 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (169,024 people), and Secondary school teachers (153,837 people).

The most specialized majors at Bowdoin College are Cultural & Gender Studies (64 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (18 degrees), Math & Statistics (54 degrees), History (34 degrees), and Social Sciences (205 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Bowdoin College are Surgeons, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, Other financial specialists, Agents & business managers of artists, performers, & athletes, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Bowdoin College are Cultural & Gender Studies (64 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (18 degrees), Math & Statistics (54 degrees), History (34 degrees), and Social Sciences (205 degrees).

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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 (485,695 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (368,409 people), Legal services (321,196 people), Computer Systems Design (247,952 people), and Justice, public order, & safety activities (198,980 people).

The most specialized majors at Bowdoin College are Cultural & Gender Studies (64 degrees awarded), Philosophy and Religious Studies (18 degrees), Math & Statistics (54 degrees), History (34 degrees), and Social Sciences (205 degrees).

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Degrees

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
  1. 108 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 69 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 54 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Bowdoin College was General Political Science & Government with 108 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

337
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
327
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 337 degrees were awarded to men at Bowdoin College, which is 1.03 times more than the number of degrees awarded to females (327).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 60 degrees were awarded to men at Bowdoin College in General Political Science & Government, which is 1.25 times more than the 48 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 48 degrees were awarded to women at Bowdoin College in General Political Science & Government, which is 0.8 times less than the 60 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

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

In 2019, 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 96% 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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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Black or African American Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Bowdoin College is Female and Black or African American (100% graduation rate). Across all Baccalaureate Colleges, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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, 0.214% of graduates (1 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    440 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    63 degrees awarded
  3. Asian
    51 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Bowdoin College is white (440 degrees awarded). There were 6.98 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (63 degrees).

0.452% of degree recipients (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Male
    225 degrees awarded
  2. White Female
    215 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    38 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Bowdoin College is white male (225 degrees awarded). There were 1.05 times more white male recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white female (215 degrees).

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Operations

Bowdoin College has an endowment valued at nearly $1.74B, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $169M (9.67%), compared to the 3.99% average return ($1.62M on $40.7M) across all Baccalaureate Colleges.

In 2019, Bowdoin College had a total salary expenditure of $181M. Bowdoin College employs 74 Assistant professors, 69 Professors, and 53 Associate professors. Most academics at Bowdoin College are Female Assistant professors (44), Male Professors(35), and Female Professors (34).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Bowdoin College are: Service, with 198 employees, Management, with 133 employees, and Office and Administrative Support with 89 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$1.74B
2019 Endowment
7.09%
growth from 2018

Bowdoin College has an endowment valued at about $1.74B, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Bowdoin College grew 7.09% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $1.7B 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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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $3.39M - Federal
  2. $0 - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Bowdoin College received $3.39M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $0 from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$74.5M
2019 Salaries
6.14%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Bowdoin College paid a median of $74.5M in salaries, which represents 41.3% of their overall expenditure ($181M) and a 6.14% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 6.13% growth from 2017 and a 2.49% growth from 2016.

The median for similar Baccalaureate Colleges is 15.5M (41% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$24.6M
Instructional Salaries
222
Number of Employees

In 2019, Bowdoin College paid a total of $24.6M to 222 employees working as instructors, which represents 33% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $4.89M (31.6%) for similar Baccalaureate Colleges.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
74 Employees
Service
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
198 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Bowdoin College were Assistant professor with 74 employees; Professor with 69 employees; and Professor with 53 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Bowdoin College were Service with 198 employees; Management with 133 employees; and Office and Administrative Support with 89 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Assistant professor
  2. Male Professor
  3. Female Professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Bowdoin College was Female Assistant professor with 44 employees, Male Professor with 35 employees, and Female Professor with 34 employees.

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

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