Bates College

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2 Andrews Road

Lewiston, ME 04240

Phone: (207) 786-6255
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Jan. 1
application deadline

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#22 Overall Score: 82 out of 100. National Liberal Arts Colleges

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Bates College is a private institution that was founded in 1855. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,753, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 109 acres. Bates College's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Liberal Arts Colleges, 22. Its tuition and fees are $45,650 (2013-14).

Bates College—the first coeducational college in New England—is located in Lewiston, Maine, along the Androscoggin River. Its setting is favorable for outdoor enthusiasts; skiing, canoeing, beaches, Lake Auburn and natural parks are all nearby. Approximately 95 percent of students live on campus in either a residence hall or one of Bates’ 25 Victorian homes, which house between 10 and 30 students each. Among the more than 110 student organizations are the Outing Club, which sponsors outdoor and adventure trips throughout the year; the Brooks Quimby Debate Council; and WRBC, the Bates radio station. About one-third of Bates students participate in varsity athletics, and the Bates Bobcats are members of the NCAA Division III New England Small College Athletic Conference.

Bates offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees in a number of subjects. The General Education requirement is intended to provide students with a well-rounded education, but students still choose a specialized field of study from more than 30 available majors. If none of those are appealing, students have the option to design their own interdisciplinary major. About two-thirds of students take advantage of study abroad programs, and Bates’ unique academic calendar incorporates a short five-week spring term during which students can focus on a single topic or partake in an off-campus program.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Since 1855, Bates College has been dedicated to the emancipating potential of the liberal arts. Bates educates the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. With ardor and devotion -- Amore ac Studio -- we engage the transformative power of our differences, cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action. Preparing leaders sustained by a love of learning and a commitment to responsible stewardship of the wider world, Bates is a college for coming times.

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School type private, coed college
Year founded 1855
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar 4-4-1
Setting city
2012 Endowment $216,156,213


When applying to Bates College, it's important to note the application deadline is January 1, and the early decision deadline is November 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due January 1. The application fee at Bates College is $60. It is more selective, with an acceptance rate of 26.6 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity more selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 26.6%
Application deadline January 1
SAT/ACT scores must be received by January 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Bates College is 10:1, and the school has 65.3 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Bates College include: Social Sciences; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; History; Psychology; and Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 93.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 10:1
4-year graduation rate 85%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Social Sciences 25%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 10%
History 10%
Psychology 10%
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 9%

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Student Life

Bates College has a total undergraduate enrollment of 1,753, with a gender distribution of 47.4 percent male students and 52.6 percent female students. At this school, 92 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 8 percent of students live off campus. Bates College is part of the NCAA III athletic conference.

Total enrollment 1,753
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA III

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Campus Info & Services

Bates College offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, health service, and health insurance. Bates College also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, student patrols, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Bates College, 28 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Bates College.

Students who have cars on campus 28%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Bates College, 42.4 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $36,058.

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Tuition and fees $45,650 (2013-14)
Room and board $13,300 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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