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About Bates College

Bates College is a private, nonprofit school in a small town setting in Lewiston, Maine. Bates College was founded in 1855 and now enrolls around 1,876 students a year, including 1,876 undergrads. Bates College offers housing for students.

There are many ways for students to get involved at Bates College! Love music or performing? Sing in a chorus or perform with one of Bates College's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Bates College students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

There are no fraternities or sororities at Bates College, so it might be a good choice if you're not interested in Greek life.

Planning to play sports? Bates College has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Bates College on the Student Life page.

Learn more about life at Bates College on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2022 is January 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2022 should receive admissions decisions by April 1.

2021 Bates College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Other
Overall Acceptance Rate 14%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 46%
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 61%
Tuition $57,353

Is Bates College a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Let's take a look at to get a clearer idea of what Bates College offers and if it might be a good choice for you.

Bates College Acceptance Rate 2021

It is very difficult to get into Bates College. Around 14% of applicants get into Bates College each year. Last year, 7,696 students applied to Bates College and 1,085 were admitted.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Bates College

Retention is the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. This is a way to get a sense of how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Out of all the first-year, full-time undergrads who start at Bates College, around 89% come back the next year. Around 92% of students who started at Bates College earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outlook Bates College Graduates

Job placement rates after graduation and average starting salaries can all give important clues about the value of a degree from a specific school.

Bates College's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students. As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $293.8 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. For each full-time student, Bates College spends about $22,470 a year.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Bates College

Cost is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need. Bates College meets 100% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $53,090 a year.

In 2020, students graduated with an average of $24,954 in student loans for each student with debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is awarded on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Bates College. Based on this information, how does Bates College sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! So ask yourself: Is Bates College a good school for you?

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Where is Bates College Located?

Bates College is located in the small town setting of Lewiston, Maine.

If you want to see Bates College for yourself, plan a visit. The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate 95 to Lewiston, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Portland International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Bates College and Lewiston are like without leaving home.

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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

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Bates College ACT Scores

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ACT Range

27 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

33 and Above

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27 to 33

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27 and Less

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Bates College SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

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Math SAT Range

590 - 710

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Reading SAT Range

620 - 710

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Bates College Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

$74,430

In State

$74,430

Out-of-State
Cost Breakdown
In State
Out-of-State
State Tuition
$57,353
$57,353
Fees
Unknown
Unknown
Housing
$16,177
$16,177
Books
$900
$900

Student Life

Wondering what life at Bates College is like? There are approximately 1,876 students enrolled at Bates College. 100% percent of students attend school full-time, 9% percent are from ME and 91% percent of students are from other states.

100%

Full Time

Unknown

Part Time

9%

In State

91%

Out-of-State

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

1,876

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

14%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$57,353

Out-of-State

$57,353

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

Jan 1
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