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A+
Overall Niche Grade
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  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-
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
23%
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
$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
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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
73%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.26 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.26 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,780Undergrads
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 20 responses
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  • FRIENDLY
    60%
  • Batesie
    25%
  • Athletic, healthy
    5%
  • Outgoing
    5%
  • Wealthy
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.27 responses
Poll
48%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.33 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 19 responses
Report
  • Academics first
    42%
  • Educating the whole person
    32%
  • Life-changing
    11%
  • Elite without feeling elitist
    5%
  • Home away from home
    5%
  • Not very diverse
    5%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$55,700/ 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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Bates College Reviews

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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!
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Great school with amazing academics and great professors. There are a ton of resources for freshman; a social advisor, academic advisor, Junior Advisor and much more. Athletics at Bates are very good, but it can feel like a very jock-y place but there is also a good amount of mixing between athletes and non-athletes. The gyms can feel a little old.

The surrounding area is a little rough and it can be hard to find things to do unless you really seek them out. There are a few really good places like Forage Market and Fuel and some other hidden gems around. There are quite a few good hikes around the area, usually an hour away or so. It's really nice to have a car on campus although parking is tight.

Bates is a really great place that does have its downsides as well, like all colleges. It is really what you make of it; who you spend time with and what you choose to get involved in!
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.