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Bates College

Lewiston, ME 4-Year Private

About Bates College

Bates College is a private, nonprofit school located in the small town setting of Lewiston, ME

Founded in 1855, the institution currently enrolls around 1,876 students a year, including 1,876 undergrads. The institution runs on a other academic calendar.

Bates College's endowment was valued at $293,832,686 in 2021. For each full-time student, Bates College spends about $22,470.

Admissions Facts About Bates College

Acceptance rate: 14%

Early Decision or Early Action: Yes/No

2022 Regular Decision Deadline: January 1

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: April 1

Bates College Acceptance Rate

It is very difficult to get into Bates College. Around 14 percent of all applicants are admitted to Bates College each year.

In 2021, 1,995 applicants were waitlisted and 4 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is Bates College a good school?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Retention and graduation rates

About 89 percent of students who start at Bates College come back for their second year of college. Out of the 491 students who started at Bates College as first-time freshman, 443 graduate within four years.

Bates College's six-year graduation for undergrads is 92 percent. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61 percent for public schools and 67 percent for private.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement rates after graduation, average starting salaries, and the debt students graduate with can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school. Students in the class of 2021 who had taken out student loans graduated with an average of $24,954 of debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Bates College sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is Bates College a good school for YOU?

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All applicants will receive an admissions decision by April 1.

Read on to find out more about the admissions requirements and deadlines, student life, academics and majors and more. Or, visit the College Confidential forums to join the conversation about Bates College and get personalized recommendations for other colleges that might be perfect for you.

College Info

2 Andrews Road Lewiston, ME 04240-6028

Campus Setting: Small Town

Bates College Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

Jan 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Bates College is Jan 1.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Bates College is Mar 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Bates College ACT Scores


ACT Range

29 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

33 and Above


29 to 33


29 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Bates College is 31. Students with an ACT score of 33 and above have a good chance of getting into Bates College. Students with an ACT score that falls between 29 and 33 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 29 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Bates College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1280 - 1460


Math SAT Range

640 - 730


Reading SAT Range

630 - 750

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1460 and Above


1280 to 1460


1280 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Bates College students is 1370. Applicants with SAT scores of 1460 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Bates College, while applicants with SAT scores between 1280 to 1460 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1280 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Bates College.

Bates College Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees


In State


Cost Breakdown
In State
State Tuition

Student Life

Wondering what life at Bates College is like? There are approximately 1,820 students enrolled at Bates College. 100% percent of students attend school full-time, 10% percent are from ME and 90% percent of students are from other states.


Full Time


Part Time


In State



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Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate


Tuition and Fees

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Application Deadline

Jan 1
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