Founded in 1855, Bates College was the first co-educational school in the US. Located in Lewiston, Maine, the urban campus takes up about 100 acres. With an undergraduate population of just over 1,800 students, most students form close connections with their classmates. These bonds are also forged because nearly all of the students live on campus. They can reside in one of the 13 residence halls or one of the 25 Victorian houses on campus. Each of the houses holds between 10 and 30 students.

Class sizes at Bates College are relatively small, with a student to faculty ratio of ten to one. About 70% of the school’s courses have less than 20 students. There are 36 majors available to undergrads. The most popular majors are: social sciences; biological/life sciences; psychology; liberal arts/general studies; and natural resources and conservation. The majority of students are required to complete senior theses or research projects. They also have the chance to work one-on-one with faculty members in their chosen field of study throughout their four years at Bates. Many students also choose to participate in the study-abroad programs that Bates offers. They have over 200 programs located in more than 80 countries; the most popular destinations are Italy, United Kingdom, China, Austria and Spain.

There are many opportunities for students to expand their horizons outside of the classroom. Bates offers approximately 100 student organizations. Many students belong to the Outing Club, which holds outdoor/adventure trips throughout the school year. They also have the Brooks Quimby Debate Council and the student-run radio station, WRBC. Bates has a flourishing athletic program. Around one-third of students take part in a varsity sport. The school is a member of the NCAA Division III New England Small College Athletic Conference.

Bates College students can thank their liberal arts educations for helping them develop more well-rounded personalities. Because of the combination of challenging academics and fun on-campus programs, undergraduates can truly immerse themselves in the college experience. Small class sizes and living on campus can also help students build strong relationships with classmates and faculty members. The many opportunities Bates College offers make it easy to see why it is one of the top liberal arts schools in the country.


Acceptance Rate

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Class Standing

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SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

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ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)

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Application Deadlines

January admission: Nov. 1

Early Decision Round 1: Nov. 15

Early Decision Round 2: Jan. 1

Regular Decision: Jan. 1

Deadline for international students: Jan. 1

Admissions Information

Freshmen Admissions
Number of 2020 (Class of 2024) applicants: 7,695
Enrolled: 499
Yield: 50%
Acceptance rate: 12.1%

Early Decision Admissions
Number of ED applicants: 827
ED applicants admitted: 351
ED acceptance rate: 42.4%

Waitlist Admission Statistics
Number of waitlisted applicants: 643
Admitted off the waitlist: 42
Waitlist acceptance rate: 6.5%

Transfer Admissions
Number of transfer applicants: 130
Transfer applicants admitted: 10
Transfer acceptance rate: 7.7%

Average GPA: N/A
Top 10% of High School: 71.4%

Middle SAT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
SAT Composite: 1280-1460
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing: 630-750
SAT Math: 640-730

Middle ACT Range (25 to 75 Percentile)
ACT Composite: 29-33

Standardized Test Requirements

Bates College is test optional Bates College is test optional. (For all standardized tests!)

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Graduation Rates

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Loan Defaults and Rhodes Scholars

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Salary After Attending

R&D Expenditures

Campus Safety

Score Card Information

Graduation Rates
4 years: 86.8%
5 years: 90.4%
6 years: 90.8%

Transferred to another school: 6%

Loan default rate: 1.4%

Total Rhodes Scholars: 5

Salary after attending: $59,200

R&D Expenditures: $1.85 million

Campus Safety
Sex offenses: 14
Robberies: 0
Aggravated assaults: 0
Burglaries: 10
Car thefts: 0

Financial Aid

Net Cost and Total Expected Cost of Attendance

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Average Net Price By Income

Student Debt

Bates College student debt

Additional Information

Tuition, room and board (2020-2021): $73,530

Total estimated cost of attendance (2020-2021): $78,733

Net Cost
Average: $26,669

By income
$0 to $30,000: $4,618
$30,001 to $48,000: $9,039
$48,001 to $75,000: $14,782
$75,001 to $110,000: $20,124
$110,001 and more: $44,330

Graduates with student debt: 33%

Average student debt at graduation: $23,383

Student Body

Student Residence

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Undergraduate Class Sizes

Bates undergraduate class sizes

Student to Faculty Ratio

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Student Population

Bates College total student population

Additional Information

Student to Faculty Ratio: 10 to 1

Women: 50%

Undergraduate Class Sizes
Under 20: 69%
20 to 39: 26%
40 to 99: 5%
100+: 0%

Student Population
Total: 1,820 (all undergraduate)

Student Residence
In State: 8%
Out of State: 83%
International: 9%

Bates College student population

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This page was last updated in November 2020.