317 reviews
  1. Lewiston, ME
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  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
25%
SAT Scores Range
Data not available
ACT Scores Range
Data not available
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Recommended
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Test Scores and GPA for Bates College

Cost

Net Price
$22,062/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $7,426/ year
  • $30-48k
    $14,897/ year
  • $49-75k
    $13,534/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,523/ year
  • $110k+
    $39,604/ 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.18 responses
44%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.18 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,773Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
39%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 13 responses
Report
  • FRIENDLY
    62%
  • Batesie
    23%
  • Athletic, healthy
    8%
  • Outgoing
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.19 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.25 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 12 responses
Report
  • Academics first
    67%
  • Educating the whole person
    17%
  • Life-changing
    17%

After Bates College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$53,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
88%
National
47%
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

Bates College Reviews

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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!
Bates is overall a great place to attend college. It has many of the quintessential aspects of a liberal arts school-a politically and socially engaged student body, excellent faculty who are willing to help out with anything you need, and small classes. Lewiston is given a worse rap than it should have, given the number of awesome volunteer opportunities available and restaurants nearby. On campus, the food at Bates is awesome, and definitely better than Bowdoin's despite their better rankings.
My main complaint is about social life. While Bates does a great job of getting students involved on campus during the week, the school doesn't have enough events for the student body to attend on the weekends. There are a few awesome dances, and a great formal, but I feel that there could be more. Additionally, security is abound and shuts down student parties pretty immediately.
Athletics at Bates College are top-tier. Bates won the CBB this year, last year, and the year before that. Bates also beat Bowdoin for the past five years! These athletes are incredible, I am constantly shocked at the high caliber performance I saw during games. These people are really good, and their trophy cases prove it. All sports, regardless of level, are done at a really high level, even the club teams have significant skill levels. It was actually intimidating watching them play.