Chance Mid-Atlantic Senior at Bowdoin (ED)

US domestic
Decently sized (~2k students) public high
White Male

Intended Major(s)
GPA, Rank, and Test Scores

  • Unweighted HS GPA: 4.0

  • Weighted HS GPA (incl. weighting system): 4.56. Honors classes are worth 4.5, AP worth 5.0

  • Class Rank: not reported

  • ACT/SAT Scores: 1560 SAT. 780 on both sections

(AP/IB/Dual Enrollment classes, AP/IB scores for high school; also include level of math and foreign language reached and any unusual academic electives; for transfers, describe your college courses and preparation for your intended major(s))
Junior Year:
AP Biology - 5
AP Lang and Comp - 5
AP Spanish - 4
AP Computer Science Principles - didn’t take test

Senior Year:
AP Physics algebra 1
AP calc AB
AP lit and comp
AP Gov.

Highest Math: AP Calc AB
Highest Language: Spanish 6 Cinema (not AP)

AP Scholar
Various service awards

(Include leadership, summer activities, competitions, volunteering, and work experience)
Boy Scouts - Eagle Scout, Senior Patrol Leader of troop (Head person in charge, lot of leadership). Summer camp many times.

Church - Racial Justice Task Force, leadership committee, choir, orchestra, youth group, Sunday School teacher. Did various summer service/learning trips with youth group.

Model UN/Congress

Internship with political campaign during summer of 2020, many hundreds of hours

Volunteering with my troop and church at food banks and other community institutions but never one place that I spent a lot of time at.

Summer teen trips to Costa Rica and Peru

Helped organize the US-Pakistan Interreligious conference during 2020 that the prime minister of Pakistan attended.

Ran Cross Country, Winter, and Spring track all four years. (except not really winter during COVID).

Played Violin since 2nd grade

Young Democrats club leadership role.

Personal statement talks about how valuable the community in my church is to me and what I have given back to it.

Cost Constraints / Budget
Would be nice to get need-based but my parents should have enough saved.

Bowdoin. Not sure if a match or a reach, and how an ED would change that. Any input is very much appreciated :slight_smile: Thanks for reading all of that.

ED likely but can u afford it ? RD is a match but certainly not a reach.

I think that you should run the NPC. You will need your parent’s help. Then show the results to your parents.

Make sure that Bowdoin is your first choice.

If your parents are okay with the NPC results and you are sure that it is your first choice, then ED makes sense.

Also make sure that you have a safety. Bowdoin is not a safety.

Bowdoin’s acceptance rate was ~8% last year. It is a reach for anyone, even someone with great fundamentals like yours. If you are sure it is your top choice and the finances make sense, you should for sure apply ED. It’s still a reach, but you’ll have a much better chance than RD.


You definitely have a chance, but Bowdoin is a reach for all, regardless of the admission round. There’s no need to guess whether you will receive need based aid, run the net price calculator which is on Bowdoin’s website to get estimated COA. Good luck.

Bowdoin is a great college. But its very small. I would guess that your high school class is about twice the size of Bowdoin’s entering class. If you’re okay with that, then I think Bowdoin is a great choice.

With the class size being so small, it adds more uncertainty. Students with great stats like you can be whittled out just purely based on institutional needs.

Bowdoin’s entering classes are between 450 and 500 so roughly the same as their highschool, not roughly half the size.