Bates College requires a minimum of 34 course credits to complete a bachelor's degree.
If students would like to graduate in less time than normal, they can choose the accelerated degree program. Bates College accepts transfer credits. The school accepts AP credit and IB credits. Many students like to take classes in the summer, to earn extra credits. However, Bates College does not offer classes during the summer.
NOTE: Around 90% of students who start college at Bates College graduate within six years.
Bates College offers an orientation program before the start of fall classes to prepare new students for college life.
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Reminder: Bates College may have additional academic options available for new and transfering students. Make sure to check with the universty directly for any additional information.
Bates College has a core curriculum, which means there are certain classes or types of classes all students must take to graduate.
Students are not required to fulfill a language requirement
Students do not have to take a computer class.
Reminder: Check with Bates College directly for more information on requirements. Individual departments or majors may have additional required courses.
When choosing a major, Bates College students have several choices to make. Scroll down to the bottom of this page to see a full list of majors offered at Bates College.
Student Designed Majors
Bates College allows students to design their own major, if desired. If students would like to study something that is not offered as an official major, designing their own major is a great alternative.
Students are not required to complete a senior project unless it is required for their specific major.
Double Majoring at Bates College
Bates College offers students the option to double major, if they would like. Student struggling to choose just one area of study may consider a double major.
NOTE: Declaring a double major may mean taking more courses, but it can provide an interesting mix of experience that helps students stand out when looking for a job or applying to grad school.
✅ Bates College does offer services for students with disabilities.
Prospective students can contact the college's Office of Accessibility Services to learn more about any support and accomodations offered. These conversations are usually kept confidential and will not be shared with the admissions office if you do not wish to share.
❌ Bates College does not have distance learning options or fully-online programs, so students must be able to attend classes on-campus.
✅ Bates College offers some credit for Advanced Placement (AP) classes taken in high school. Schools have different requirements for what AP scores they accept, so some students may not receive AP credit.
✅ Bates College offers an honors program for highly-qualified applicants, but does not offer a Freshman Honors College. Students must complete a senior project if they are in the Honors Program at Bates College.
❌ Bates College does not require an internship for any students.
Students can still look for internships during the summer, or gain work experience with a part-time job. While Bates College does not require internships for students of any major, internships can help students gain hands-on work experience for their resume, and explore career paths that interest them without committing to one path.
The main library on campus is the Ladd Library and there is one other library on campus.
A dual degree program allows a student to study and earn two degrees at the same time. A 3-2 dual degree program is a five-year program wherein the first three years are spend taking undergraduate courses and the final two years are spent taking graduate courses. Upon completion of the 5 years, the student will be awarded two degrees, a bachelor's degree and a master's degree.
Bates College offers these dual degree programs:
•3-2 dual degree program in engineering in partnership with Columbia University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Case Western Reserve University, Washington University in St. Louis and Dartmouth College
Does Bates College have any ROTC programs?
Each branch of the miltary has its own ROTC program, but not every program is available at every school. Possible programs include Army ROTC, Air Force ROTC, and Navy ROTC.
Bates College does not have any ROTC programs.
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