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A+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    B
  6. Party Scene
    B
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    A
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    C+
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
New England Small College Athletic Conference
Address
2 Andrews Road
Lewiston, ME 04240
From Bates College

From its inception in 1855, Bates has recruited students without regard to race, religion, national origin, or sex. Our founders firmly believed, as we do today, that not only should a Bates education be open to all, but that it is bettered by this openness. Diversity and inclusion — of thought, background, and experience — isn't optional or aspirational here. It's vital.

We have tough conversations in tough climates because that's what makes Bates, and our students, better. It's what makes Bates a college for the coming times and a college that prepares you for the coming times, too.

Bates College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Application Deadline
January 1
Acceptance Rate
22%
SAT Range
1385-1460
ACT Range
30-32
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Recommended
Accepts Common App
Yes

Cost

Net Price
$23,312/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$43,238/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
51%

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
88%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.16 responses
63%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.32 responses
53%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.32 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,787Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
0
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
11%
Varsity Athletes
36%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 27 responses
Report
  • FRIENDLY
    48%
  • Batesie
    22%
  • Wealthy
    15%
  • White
    7%
  • Athletic, healthy
    4%
  • Outgoing
    4%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.33 responses
Poll
46%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.39 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 25 responses
Report
  • Academics first
    32%
  • Educating the whole person
    32%
  • Not very diverse
    16%
  • Life-changing
    8%
  • Elite without feeling elitist
    4%
  • Home away from home
    4%
  • Middle of nowhere
    4%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $59,200/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    92%
    National
    49%
    Employed 2 Years After Graduation
    94%
    National
    83%
    86%
    of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.14 responses
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    Bates College Reviews

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    Everyone will tell you this but it's true- the people make Bates a special place! The students, professors, and faculty give the school a unique quality that makes your time here truly invaluable. Whenever I am away from Bates for too long, I find myself yearning to be back on campus, back home. The thirst for change and the passion for diversity, community engagement, and social justice create a vibrant atmosphere that is exciting to be a part of. There's never a shortage of things to be involved in! Even with little to no idea about what I want to do with my life, I am confident that when I leave Bates I will be able to draw on what I've learned to craft a meaningful career. Yeah, there may not be much to do in Lewiston, but make sure to get out and explore the rest of Maine! Skiing, hiking, surfing, biking, running, canoeing, .... all can be found within an hour of Bates.
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    I honestly don’t get all the glowing reviews of this college. My son graduated two years ago. NONE of his friend group, all smart, good grades, good looking, many athletes were able to get good jobs after graduation. The career center was a big zero. We attended multiple parent receptions, the administration seemed only interested in the wallotometer when deciding whether to talk to us (even though we donated $5000 every year, it apparently wasn’t enough). President Spencer on one occasion made a disparaging remark upon discovering that our son had attended a ‘public’ high school. Both of my other children attended small liberal arts schools not as highly ranked as Bates, they had strong personal relationships with professors, huge help with alumni outreach in their professions, my son left Bates with none of that. The weather is awful. I was amazed that in a school of only 1800, the president and dean of students had no student connections.
    I had the best experience at Bates. The student body is intellectually curious yet super down to earth, professors are always accessible (many of whom I am still close with over a decade later), coursework/the pre-med committee is challenging but prepared me well for medical school, Maine is beautiful with great skiing and hiking nearby, and there are a bunch of really good restaurants in Lewiston with Portland only a 1/2 hour away. I met some of my best friends at Bates and had an absolute blast!