Bowdoin has come a long way since the first class of eight students matriculated in 1802. Famous Bowdoin graduates include U.S. President Franklin Pierce (1824), poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow (1825), novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne (1825), Civil War generals Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (1852) and Oliver Otis Howard (1850), Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Melville Fuller (1853), U.S. Speaker of the House Thomas Brackett Reed (1860), Mayo Clinic co-founder Dr. Augustus Stinchfield (1868).
- Minimum GPA 3.50
- Minimum incoming TOEFL iBT 100
- Minimum SAT 680
- Minimum ACT 31