Bates College campus


Acceptance Rate

Test Scores

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
590 - 713
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
600 - 703
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
610 - 710
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
28 - 32

Testing Policies

ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted


Early Decision
November 15

Early Decision II
January 1

January 1

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Application Essay

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

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
2 - 9
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • 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

Students Say

Located in Lewiston, Maine, Bates College is a small liberal arts college that invites intellectual exploration and tailors every education to the individual student. This "unbelievably tight-knit community" thrives on an "everyone is welcome" atmosphere and an open classroom environment in which everyone is "challenged to express their opinions, try something new and stand up for a cause." "I've honestly never felt competitive in a class at Bates," says a student. Between academic studies, extracurriculars, volunteering, and employment, students here are known for being "well-rounded, curious, and supportive of all aspects of Bates life." Classes are small here which means that students can really take advantage of their professors' time and attention. The "dynamic" teachers here "make you think and come up with your own opinion about issues." They are "incredibly passionate people who are not afraid to stand on a desk, play devil's advocate, and urge you to think critically about the material you are learning." "The most important thing I've learned so far is how to come up with an intelligent stance on an issue or idea," says a student. A Short Term at the end of the year allows students to explore one subject in depth, and the "flexible calendar" also encourages studying abroad (which the majority of students do). The extensive and "helpful" alumni network demonstrates "a fundamental love for the school," and students are given plenty of additional support through "advising and residential life staff, student leadership opportunities, [and] fun and engaging school-wide traditions." "I couldn't ask for more helpful professors, a more helpful administration, or a variety of classes that suit the needs and requirements of my major," sums up a student.



Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Information from PayScale:

Starting Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Mid-Career Median Salary (Up to Bachelor's degree completed, only)

Percent High Job Meaning

Percent STEM

Students Say

Bates’ tremendous Career Development Center really helps undergrads plot their post-collegiate life. To begin with, the office provides the standard workshops in resume building, cover letter writing and interviewing techniques. Students can also participate in a new, short-term job shadowing program that offers both career insight and networking opportunities. Additionally, undergrads have access to JobCat, an exclusive Bates-only site that gives them the opportunity to browse a number of job postings/openings. Batesies looking to continue their education can attend the office’s annual graduate and professional school fair. This event usually brings around 100 admissions representatives to campus. And, of course, the Career Development Center invites numerous employers (from various industries) to campus each year to conduct interviews and information sessions. Finally, recent graduates have managed to nab jobs with companies such as Sony Music Entertainment, Boston Consulting Group, GoldmanSachs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, High Mountain Institute, and Trapeze School New York.

Colleges that Create Futures


Application Deadlines
Feb 15
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

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-to-faculty 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. Ninety-eight 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

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

On-Campus Room and Board
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology

Scholarships and Grants


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

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Foreign Countries Represented



100% are full time
0% are part time

Students Say

Bates students have a range of interests and passions—"no student does just one thing"—and "are not a judgmental group." Everyone finds their niche, and there "is a ton of crossover and interaction between different people." In order to "fit in" here, a student "just has to be friendly and willing to make new friends." A normal lunch conversation "will span from the divine cheese quesadillas in Commons to the implications of language-use and its impact on creating a culture of apathy and ableism." Many here are New Englanders, so there are a fair number of "really preppy" students, and everyone "enjoys the great outdoors."


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Theme Housing
Wellness Housing

Students Say

Bates students are a busy group, but they also appreciate the weekends and having fun with friends. There are "dances, theater productions, and a multitude of other events to go to any day of the week"; students also "really enjoy eating out and going to on-campus events like Wind Down Wednesdays," hosted by various student groups," and "the Village Club Series on Thursdays" when musical groups and performers play for campus. Students say that the Bates security plus a "pretty strict no-hard-alcohol policy" is "quite effective" at restricting underage alcohol consumption as well as maintaining a safe campus environment. The food and dining are "absolutely amazing at Bates": Fare here is "all extremely healthy, organic, and naturally sourced," plus "there's food for every dietary restriction." Opportunities to serve the community surrounding campus are abundant, and students take advantage of the outdoor activities Maine has to offer. The student-run Outing Club, in particular, "hosts events every weekend, from skiing at our nearby mountains to sunrise paddles to backpacking trips" and "has a room full of gear that's free to check out." The nights start early and end early here, mostly because "students want to get up early the next day to ski, hike, or just do something with their day." With Portland and Boston being so close, "you can always switch up your scenery when you need city life."

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations


Athletic Division
Division III

Men's Sports (Bobcats)
16 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Bobcats)
17 Sports

Crew Rowing
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Skiing Downhill Alpine
Skiing Nordic Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services


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.

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:

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:

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Undergraduates that Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Apple, Dell

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

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

Campus Visits Contact

Leigh A. Weisenburger
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid

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



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

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions

January-March, August, September-November

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

mid-September through mid-November


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.