As of the May 1 commitment date, 525 students have submitted a deposit to Bowdoin for the Class of 2022. Following the College’s most selective admissions season yet, this number is greater than the class of 500 students that Bowdoin planned would matriculate in August 2018, according to Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid Whitney Soule.
In an email to the Orient, Soule wrote that though the number of deposits is greater than the anticipated number matriculants, the College is in “a good spot.”
“[T]he class usually shrinks a bit between now and August due to students electing to take a gap year or accepting an offer at another school that is using the waitlist … Our class usually shrinks by about 25 students between now and August,” she wrote.
The acceptance rate for the Class of 2022 was just 10.3 percent, down from 13.6 percent for the Class of 2021. The Class of 2021 saw 501 matriculants, which represented a 50.7-percent yield of accepted students. The Class of 2020, whose acceptance rate was 14.8 percent, had 503 matriculants and a yield rate of 49.9 percent. The College will not officially have matriculation data for the Class of 2022 until August.
Though the composition of the class will shift between now and August, Soule noted that the current Class of 2022 consists of 35 percent students of color, 15 percent first-generation students and nine percent international students. In addition, 51 percent of students will receive financial aid.