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
    B-
Bates College is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
New England Small College Athletic Conference
Address
2 Andrews Road
Lewiston, ME 04240
Website

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

Acceptance Rate
23%
Application Deadline
January 1
SAT Range
1385-1460
ACT Range
30-32
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Recommended
Early Decision/Early Action
Yes
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Cost

Net Price
$24,055/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $3,497/ year
  • $30-48k
    $6,819/ year
  • $49-75k
    $12,108/ year
  • $76-110k
    $20,021/ year
  • $110k+
    $38,977/ year

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
67%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.21 responses
38%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.21 responses
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Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,792Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
10%
Varsity Athletes
38%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 16 responses
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  • FRIENDLY
    56%
  • Batesie
    25%
  • Athletic, healthy
    6%
  • Outgoing
    6%
  • White
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.22 responses
Poll
50%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.28 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 15 responses
Report
  • Academics first
    53%
  • Educating the whole person
    20%
  • Life-changing
    13%
  • Elite without feeling elitist
    7%
  • Lack of Diversity
    7%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$53,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
88%
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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Students are serious but totally sportive, kind and friendly. School spirit is strong for athletics and other activities. Parties are numerous and welcoming and all about socializing - the point is not getting too smashed - so nothing too crazy. Dorms provide consistently good living choices with some truly excellent ones. Food is the best! Campus is seriously beautiful. Lewiston is a small city and past it's glory days but not without its charms, some really good restaurants, and intern opportunities. The real advantage of our location is being surrounded by beautiful countryside including both beach and mountains. Shoppers have Portland and Freeport nearby - but no one wants to leave campus often - it's a driven yet fun and exciting community where students look out for and appreciate each other. We know how lucky we are everyday to call this place home.
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Bates College is an excellent institution of higher learning. Top notch academics, a plethora of extracurricular activities, and a terrific faculty are just a few of the things that make Bates an elite college. One of its most fundamental and defining aspects, however, is its sense of community. Bates is a relatively small college, and with that comes a sense of closeness between students, faculty, and staff that's not typically found on a lot of campuses. If there's one thing that could be improved upon, it would be more opportunities for students to engage in dialogues with the administration to ensure that their voices are heard. Other than that, Bates is a fine institution that truly shines among the rest.
Bates has a very active and athletic student body. A big percentage of students are in varsity teams and many in club teams. Intramurals are very attractive to many because of how much fun they are (almost never taken that seriously).

Bates is a DIII school and competes in the NESCAC conference. However, it offers a DI program in Alpine/Nordic Skiing and Squash.

Garcelon field hosts football, soccer, and lacrosse games which also attracts the most fans. Especially in big games with rival schools like Colby and Bowdoin, the main stands get filled with students and there is lots of school spirit.

Many athletes live in off-campus houses with their teams where also most of the parties happen.

Go Bobcats!