Students Say

A “small liberal arts college,” nestled in Maine, Bates College is dedicated to “empowering its students environmentally, academically, and socially.” The “picturesque” campus offers the traditional New England atmosphere but “with its own personality.”

Overview

Applicants
5,044
Acceptance Rate
25%

Test Scores

SAT Reading
640 - 720
SAT Math
640 - 710
SAT Writing
640 - 710
ACT Composite
29 - 32

Deadlines

Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 1

Regular
January 1

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Application Essay
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Extracurricular Activities
Talent / Ability
Character / Personal Qualities
Level of applicant's interest

Overall

Students Say

A “small liberal arts college,” nestled in Maine, Bates College is dedicated to “empowering its students environmentally, academically, and socially.” The “picturesque” campus offers the traditional New England atmosphere but “with its own personality.” Students are drawn to the “warmth and friendliness of students and teachers, the political awareness of students on campus, and high quality academics!” They describe Bates as “a community of learners who care deeply about doing what [they] love in and outside of the classroom, be it service-learning in the Lewiston schools, adventuring in the outdoors, canvassing for an upcoming election, braving the puddle jump during Winter Carnival, or playing sports with [their] friends.” If that isn’t enough to draw people there, then consider the “community atmosphere, amazing food, supportive professors, beautiful campus, [the] many activities to be involved in, and grounded students.” The athletics program is popular. “Most people play a sport of some kind, whether it’s intramural or varsity.” One student commends the many options for travel and studying abroad. “I have been to China, Vietnam, and Spain through Bates, and I cherish those opportunities.” Professors are “very passionate about helping you succeed and are always willing to meet with you outside of class if you have any questions. Academics are challenging (in a good way!) and help you develop as a writer, thinker, and leader.” Another student points out that “Bates focuses on writing skills” and nearly every member of the senior class writes a senior thesis. With all this praise, there are a few complaints about some facilities. “The science labs are a little behind the times,” and students tell us that renovations to some of the older buildings would be welcome.

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
10:1
Total Faculty
187
with Terminal Degree
167

96
Women
91
Men
28
Minority
2
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
83%
Graduate in 5 years
88%
Graduate in 6 years

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • African-American/Black Studies
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • East Asian Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Neuroscience

  • Engineering

  • Engineering, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Rhetoric and Composition

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Chinese Language and Literature
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Japanese Language and Literature
  • Russian Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • History

  • History, General

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Ancient Studies/Civilization
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Music, General


Degrees

Bachelor's

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Edmund Muskie
Former Secretary of State and Senator

Benjamin Mays
Civil Rights Leader; Martin Luther King Jr. mentor

Elizabeth Strout
Pulitzer Prize winning Novelist

James O'Brien
Founder and CEO, The Promethean Investment Group

The Reverend Peter J. Gomes
Harvard U. Prof. and Chaplain; best selling author

John Carrafa
Tony-nominated Choreographer

Bryant Gumbel
Former Host, The Early Show

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
95
Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA
Forms CSSProfile
Forms Divorced Parent

Bottom Line

The education that one receives at an institution like Bates College does not come without a price. The total cost of tuition, room, board, and fees comes to $60,720. But, have no fear, students and parents on average: Bates College also meets 100 percent of need. The average total need-based package is a whopping $37,455. Forty-six percent of all undergrads receive financial aid. The average graduate can expect to leave school with about $22,500 of loan debt. Additionally, scholarships and grants are plentiful, for international as well as domestic students. One student was excited that Bates “provided me the greatest amount of financial aid. It was very generous.”

Bang For Your Buck

With 200 instructors at the school, those students fortunate enough to actually enroll can expect to find an outstanding student-tofaculty ratio of 10:1. More than 90 percent of freshmen return as sophomores and just a few percent less graduate within four years. Diversity is paramount at Bates; 89 percent of students are from out-of-state, and 55 different countries are represented on campus— extremely impressive for such a small institution. Internships and experiential learning opportunities are heavily encouraged; through the Purposeful Work Internship program, for example, students explore the world of work throughout their four years. Ninetyeight percent of students complete a senior thesis and the other 2 percent complete a capstone project. More than two-thirds of alumni enroll in graduate study within ten years. Bates highly values its study-abroad programs, unique calendar (4-4-1), and the many opportunities available for one-on-one collaboration with faculty. “The size of the student body allows for a relationship beyond that of typical professor-student and creates a sense of academic equality that produces incredible levels of scholarship at the undergraduate level.”

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$38,752

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$38,921

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,169

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$18,929

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
39%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$36,387

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$800

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Perkins Loans
State Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

People who come to Bates are “very engaged and excited to be here.” One student describes the majority of students as “upper-middle-class Caucasian with a major in the humanities and a more left-wing political view.” But that may be changing. Another student says, “The diversity at Bates has improved dramatically—even having been here just three years. There has been a lot of successful attention put toward expanding diversity on campus.” Some may “wish there were more social diversity,” but another student does not see a problem. “There are cliques, but they are not exclusive.” Whichever group a person may be part of, “the concerns and needs of individual students are never ignored.” Together, Bates students are “one strong and open community bonding, growing, and sharing over the course of a four-year education.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
1,773
Out of State
89%

International
7%
Foreign Countries Represented
71

Demographics

4.97%
Asian
5.15%
African-American
7.27%
Hispanic
77.17%
Caucasian
7.39%
International

89% are out of state
100% are full time
0% are part time

Overview

Students Say

The college’s setting, in Lewiston, Maine, near Auburn, is quintessential Maine. Bates is located in a medium sized city, but “The school is amazing at arranging things to go on every week and even on the weekends. Concerts, shows, visiting artists, and movie showings are just a few things that are offered regularly.” Students show an interest in the off-campus community. “Bates is extremely involved in Lewiston and Auburn through a myriad of social service and community learning opportunities. Almost every Bates student will volunteer in Lewiston/Auburn before they graduate, and everyone loves it,” confirms a student. “Outside of the classroom, there is a strong sense of community that comes from the many events that various groups on campus hold.” The atmosphere at Bates lends itself to “a lot of smaller parties,” and “there are dances just about every weekend,” and over 100 clubs. Also, at Bates, “People think a lot about the outdoors.” “When it’s warmer in the spring and fall everyone goes to a nearby lake or hangs out outside a lot playing Ultimate Frisbee or other active games. In the winter many students go skiing on the weekends or during the week if there is a great snow storm.” Definitely not to be overlooked is the food, which, unlike the fare at a majority of college campuses, Bates students call “amazing.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
91%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
87
First-Year Students living on campus
100%

Campus Environment
Suburban
Fire safety rating
95

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Other
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
111
Number of Honor Societies
3

Number of Social Sororities
0
Number of Religious Organizations
11

Sports

Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Bobcats)
16 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Soccer
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Bobcats)
17 Sports

Basketball
Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Diving
Field Hockey
Golf
Lacrosse
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Soccer
Softball
Squash
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services


Sustainability

One look at Bates’ environmental history and you’ll quickly realize that the college means business when it comes to sustainability. Students, alumni, and staff demonstrated a clear commitment to environmental protection before “going green” became everyone's favorite buzz phrase. In 1980, Bates was “one of the first colleges in the Northeast to install a solar heating system.” In 1991, the school instituted a recycling program, and in 2005, Bates signed a five-year contract to use renewable electricity on campus. Since 1995, the college has had an environmental policy, and more recently, Bates signed ACUPCC, pledging to work toward becoming a climate neutral campus by 2020. Case in point: An impressive 100 percent of the college’s electricity consumption is offset with renewable energy certificates. All new buildings and building renovations will achieve LEED Silver equivalency or better. Residence halls and the dining Commons feature dual-flush toilets, low-emitting materials, and energy-efficient equipment. Bates keeps a keen eye on recycling (Did we mention the wood ceiling in the dining commons was salvaged from an old phonograph factory?). The Bates Energy Task Force focuses on ways the school can reduce energy consumption, costs, and emissions across campus. In addition, Bates has a Committee on Environmental Responsibility working to continuously improve sustainability on campus. As of the end of 2012, the college is doing an impressive job—28 percent of the dining program’s food is locally grown and/or organic, 100 percent of the cleaning products used on campus are Green Seal-certified and 100 percent of the buildings have designated recycling areas. From exploring Maine’s natural environment of mountains, lakes, and the ocean—all in Bates’ backyard—to studying climate change, sustainable agriculture, and renewable energy, there’s lot of opportunity for students to get involved.

Green Rating
87

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
80

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
49

Average Number of PC's per Lab
8

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
98%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Leigh A. Weisenburger
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid

Address
Office of Admission / Lindholm House
23 Campus Avenue
Lewiston, ME 04240

Phone
207-786-6000

Email
admission@bates.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Pettengill Hall
Bates College Museum of Art
Dining Commons
The George and Helen Ladd Library
Merrill Gymnasium/Underhill Arena

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area
Lost Valley Ski Area
Museum L/A
The Old Port (Portland)
Freeport Outlet Shopping

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8am-5pm
207-786-6000

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: No
Dates: Year-round
Times: Check website for times
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
January-March, August, September-November

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
admission@bates.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
mid-September through mid-November

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
The Portland International Jetport is a 40-minute drive from campus. Shuttle van service is available at the airport for the ride to campus. Arrangements must be made in advance through the campus travel agency. Greyhound provides service to Lewiston.

Driving Instructions to Campus
The College is located approximately 3 miles from I-95 (Maine Tpke), Lewiston Exit 80. Northbound travelers: take Lewiston Exit 80 and turn left onto Alfred A. Plourde Pkwy. at the stop sign at the end of the off ramp. Southbound travelers: Take Lewiston Exit 80 and bear right onto Plourde Pkwy. Continue on Plourde straight to stoplight at intersection of Plourde and Pleasant; continue on Plourde .6 miles to stoplight at Webster Street. Turn left onto Webster and travel 1 mile to stoplight at Farewell Street. Turn right onto Farwell and follow .6 miles to stoplight. Continue straight across intersection onto Russell Street and follow for .9 miles to the third stoplight. Turn left onto College Street and follow to second blinking stoplight; turn left onto Campus Avenue. Take your first right onto Wood Street and turn right into the admissions parking lot. The admissions office (Lindholm House) is at 23 Campus Avenue.

Local Accommodations
The Hilton Garden Inn (207-784-4433) is located just 7 minutes from campus. If you're on a budget, there's the Super 8 Motel (1440 Lisbon St.; 207-784-8882) and Motel 6 (207-782-6558), both about 5 minutes from campus. The Ramada Inn (490 Pleasant St.; 207-784-2331) has an indoor pool, an exercise room, and a live band with country rock every night in the lounge. The Marriott Residence Inn Auburn (207-777-3400)is a 5-minute drive from campus.
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Key Stats

5,044
Applicants
1,773
Size
25%
Acceptance Rate
1360
SAT Scores

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