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Bates College

Lewiston, ME 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate17%
Acceptance Rate17%

About Bates College

Four Reasons to Add Bates to Your College List

1. Bates is a private liberal arts college with a strong academic reputation. It offers a wide range of majors and minors, and its faculty are experts in their fields.

2. Bates is located in Lewiston, Maine, a small city with a strong sense of community. The city is home to a number of cultural and recreational attractions, and it is close to outdoor activities such as hiking, skiing, and fishing.

3. Bates is a selective college with a low student-faculty ratio. This means that you will receive individualized attention from your professors and classmates.

4. Bates offers a number of financial aid programs, including grants and scholarships. This can make a Bates education more affordable for students from all backgrounds.

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Bates College Overview

Bates College is a private, nonprofit school in a small town setting in Lewiston, Maine. Bates College was founded in 1855 and the school currently enrolls around 1,821 students a year, including 1,821 undergrad students. Bates College provides on-campus housing for up to 1,764 students. The majority of students live on campus, and first year-students are required to live in campus housing. On the weekends, about 100% of students stay on-campus and participate in campus events and social life.

📆 Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to Bates College for Fall 2023 is January 1. Regular decision applicants for Fall 2023 should find out if they have been admitted by April 1.

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.

Bates College does not have any fraternities or sororities, do it might be a good option if Greek life isn't a priority for you.

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.

2022 Bates College Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Other
Overall Acceptance Rate 17%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 60%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 35%
Tuition $59,062
Percent of Need Met 100%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $54,033

Is Bates College a Good School?

There is no one way to define a "good" college or university. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how competitive an institution is.

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

2022 Acceptance Rate for Bates College

It is very difficult to get into Bates College. Around 17% of applicants get into Bates College each year. Out of 7,319 applications received in 2022, 1,267 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Bates College

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

About 92% of students who start at Bates College come back the next year. Bates College's six-year graduation rate for undergrads is 90%. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61% for public schools, and 67% for private, non-profit schools.

Job Outcomes for Bates College Grads

Job placement statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers.

Check with Bates College directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

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 2022, the total market value of Bates College's endowment was $466 million. The average college endowment was $905 million in 2021. The school spends $20,905 for each full-time student enrolled.

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 $54,033 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $26,020 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available 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! You should never have to pay to submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Bates College.

Based on this information, is Bates College the school for you? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Bates College a good school for you?

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Where is Bates College?

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

If you want to see Bates College for yourself, be sure to 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

Bates College is a member of the Coalition for College.

More than an application, the Coalition provides free tools and resources to help students through the college admissions process, beginning as early as 9th grade.

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Bates College ACT Scores


ACT Range

30 - 34

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

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Bates College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1290 - 1440


Math SAT Range

620 - 740


Reading SAT Range

640 - 730

Bates College Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Bates College is like? There are approximately 1,821 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.


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