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Bates College
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  • 4 Year
  • LEWISTON, ME

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Report Card

grade A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    grade A+
  2. Value
    grade A+
  3. Diversity
    grade A
  4. Campus
    grade A minus
  5. Athletics
    grade B
  6. Party Scene
    grade B
  7. Professors
    grade A
  8. Location
    grade C
  9. Dorms
    grade A minus
  10. Campus Food
    grade A+
  11. Student Life
    grade A minus
  12. Safety
    grade C+

About

2 ANDREWS ROAD
LEWISTON, ME 04240
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
New England Small College Athletic Conference
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.

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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 11
Acceptance Rate
12%
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

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Cost

Net Price
$26,669 / 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
$44,499 / year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
44%

Scholarship

Academics

Professors
grade 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
66%
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

Neuroscience

With a strong belief in the value of communal learning and creative exploration, the Bates neuroscience program provides students with a deep understanding of the relationship between the nervous system and human behavior. Students gain powerful insights into the historical, political, and ethical implications of this rapidly developing field — apt preparation for a variety of rewarding careers.

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,820 Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
0
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
9%
Varsity Athletes
37%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 24 responses
  • FRIENDLY
    54%
  • Batesie
    33%
  • Athletic, healthy
    4%
  • Outgoing
    4%
  • White
    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 22 responses
  • Educating the whole person
    41%
  • Academics first
    36%
  • Elite without feeling elitist
    9%
  • Life-changing
    9%
  • Home away from home
    5%

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After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$59,200 / year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
91%
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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