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  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  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+
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.

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
18%
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
$25,113/ 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
$43,757/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
46%

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.30 responses
50%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.30 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
1,832Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
0
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
11%
Varsity Athletes
35%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 22 responses
  • FRIENDLY
    59%
  • Batesie
    27%
  • Athletic, healthy
    5%
  • Outgoing
    5%
  • White
    5%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.31 responses
Poll
49%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.37 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 20 responses
  • Academics first
    40%
  • Educating the whole person
    40%
  • Life-changing
    10%
  • Elite without feeling elitist
    5%
  • Home away from home
    5%

    After College

    Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
    $59,200/ year
    National
    $33,028
    Graduation Rate
    89%
    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

    Bates College Reviews

    367 reviews
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    I am a huge proponent of Bates College! Bates has extraordinary dining (serving anything ranging from grilled cheese to teriyaki tofu), beautiful brick buildings, an open quad that people use to chat and play lawn games in, a pond with outdoor seating and wildlife, and a couple of stunning athletic fields. The real magic is in the people on campus however, everyone is friendly, accepting, and passionate about their studies, sports, hobbies, or any other sort of extracurriculars. Even with this hard-work mentality, there are plenty of clubs, organized activities, and areas off campus to have fun with your friends. There's even a ski mountain close by!
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    Life changing experience for my first gen Hispanic godson. He found his footing on campus right away aided by the department of Equity and Inclusion. Academically he's challenged, made life long friends and is currently applying for internships knowing that his experience at Bates will be a factor in his success. Oh, and as advertised, the food is amazing!
    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.