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Bates College

Lewiston, ME 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate14%
Acceptance Rate14%

About Bates College

Bates College, nestled in Lewiston, Maine, is a vibrant liberal arts college known for its nurturing community and dedication to inclusive social justice. With a strong focus on rigorous academics, Bates encourages innovative thinking and hands-on learning. Students enjoy a dynamic campus life, exploring diverse interests from sports to arts, in a beautiful natural setting. Bates' intimate size allows for personalized learning experiences, fostering close relationships with faculty. Known for producing global citizens, Bates College is the perfect place for those seeking a transformative, engaging and inspiring college experience!

Did You Know? 

Bates College has a unique tradition called the "Puddle Jump." Every February, regardless of the freezing temperatures, students jump into the Lake Andrews (affectionately known as "The Puddle") on campus. This tradition, organized by the Bates Outing Club, is a fun and chilly way to celebrate the winter season.

Bates College is a private, nonprofit college in the town of Lewiston, Maine. Bates College was founded in 1855. The college enrolls around 1,790 students a year, including 1,790 undergraduate students.

Bates College Acceptance Rate 2022

It is very difficult to get into Bates College. In 2022, Bates College accepted 14% of applicants. In 2022, 1,137 out of 8,273 total applicants were accepted.

Bates College Admissions Facts At-A-Glance
Overall Acceptance Rate 14%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate 48%
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Test Optional Yes
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 25%

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Bates College is located in Lewiston, Maine,.

If you are interested in seeing 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.

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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 10

Transfer Applications are Due

Mar 1

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Bates College is Jan 10.

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

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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 SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1340 - 1500


Math SAT Range

650 - 760


Reading SAT Range

660 - 745

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Wondering what life at Bates College is like? There are approximately 1,790 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.


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