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Bates College

Lewiston, ME 4-Year Private
Acceptance Rate14%

Bates College Admissions

It is very difficult to get into Bates College. The college admitted 14% of all applicants in 2022. Out of 8,273 applications received in 2023, 1,137 students were offered admission.

If you are considering submitting an application to Bates College, the deadline for Fall 2024 admissions is 1/10 and the fee for the application costs $60.

Students who submit their applications to Bates College for fall should hear back from Bates College by April 1.

Bates College Admissions Stats at a Glance

Here's an overiew of some of Bates College's admissions stats.

Bates College 2023 Admissions Statistics
Admitted Students in Top 10% of Graduating Class 55.2%
Admissions Test Policy Test Optional
Applicants Who Submit SATs 25%
Applicants Who Submit ACTs 14%
Waitlist Yes

Bates College Application Deadlines

These are the application deadlines for Bates College.

Application Type Offered Application Deadline Notification Deadline
Early Decision I Yes November 15 December 20
Early Decision II Yes January 10 February 15
Early Action No – –
Regular Decision Yes 1 10 April 1

Applying Early to Bates College?

Bates College offers early decision but not early action. Early decision is binding, which means you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision I applications are due by November 15 EDI applicants should receive a decision by December 20.

πŸ—“οΈ Early Decision II applications are due January 10. ED II Applicants will recieve their decision before February 15.

The early decision acceptance rate at Bates College is 48%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 14%. In 2022, Bates College admitted 314 of the 657 students who applied early decision.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances of being offering admission. When you apply early, your application is considered before all the regular decision applicants apply. Applying early may increase your chance of acceptance, since it is a way to show that you are very interested in a school.

➑️ Explore a list of some selective colleges that accept significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

More on Bates College Admissions

Transferring to Bates College

It is extremely difficult to be admitted as a transfer student.

For Students Waitlisted to Bates College

In 2022, Bates College waitlisted 2,441 students and 1,264 accepted a place on the waitlist.

What's Most Important for Getting Into Bates College?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are they consider most important in the admissions process. When assembling your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengths and any possible weaknesses in your application, and choose schools that put the most emphasis on the admissions factors where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Bates College

Wondering what factors are considered by Bates College during the admissions process? Take a look at the list below to see which factors are most important during the admissions process.

Admissions Factor Level
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Class Rank Very Important
Application Essay Very Important
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Talent/Ability Very Important
Academic GPA Very Important
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
Geographical Residence Important
State Residency Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
First Generation Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered
Work Experience Considered

Make sure to check with Bates College for more information on admission factors.

Bates College 2022-2023 Application Requirements

To apply to Bates College, all applicants must submit the following items. Make sure to check in with Bates College's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for Some Details (If Any)
Interview – √ – –
Transcript(S) of College Record – – – –
Statement of Good Standing From Prior Institution(S) – – – –
Letter(s) of Recommendation 3 – – –
Written Essay or Personal Statement √ – – –
Transcript of High School Record √ – – –

GPA and Testing

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Bates College?

Bates College has not provided an information about GPAs of accepted students. Any questions regarding applicant expectations should be addressed directly with the school.

Out of all students that were admitted, 20.3% submitted a class rank. At Bates College 55.2% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 88.6% were in the top 25% and 99% were in the top 50%.

GPAs of Admitted Students

At Bates College, student GPAs fall in the following ranges.

GPA Percent of Students
4.0 GPA –
3.75 and 3.99 –
3.50 and 3.74 –
3.25 and 3.49 –
3.00 and 3.24 –
2.50 and 2.9 –
2.00 and 2.49 –

This chart depicts the percentage of all enrolled, degree-seeking, first-time, first year (freshmen) students who had high school grade point average within the given ranges.

Note: Some schools choose not release this information. If you have any questions regarding missing numbers, be sure to reach out to Bates College directly.

About GPAs

Your high school grade point average (GPA) is a number that reflects your high school academic performance. A weighted GPA or an unweighted GPA are the two possible GPA scores considered by colleges.

An unweighted GPA is an average of your scores from each class on a four-point scale. Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0. A weighted GPA considers your average grade and the difficulty of your classes. A weighted GPA boosts your average by adding extra points for honors or Advanced Placement courses.

Standardized Test Scores

Bates College is a test optional school. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2022, 25% of Bates College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 14% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What is a Good SAT Score for Bates College?

To be competitive with other Bates College applicants, you should aim to earn between 1340 and 1500 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Bates College 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1500 and 25% of scored lower than 1340, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Bates College students scored 760 or higher and 75% of students scored 660 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Bates College students scored 745 or higher, and 75% scored a 660 or higher.

To be most competitive at Bates College, you should strive to earn between 31 and 33 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 33 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Bates College's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 33, and three out of four students scored lower than 33 on the ACT.

A 31 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Bates College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 31.

More Information on Transferring to Bates College

For transfer students, it is extremely difficult to get admitted to Bates College.

For transfer students wishing to start in the fall, the deadline to apply is March 1. Applicants should hear back by May 15.

Transfer students can enroll in Bates College during the following terms:

β€’ Fall Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Spring Term

β€’ Winter Term

β€’ Summer Term

Bates College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Bates College?

βœ… Yes, admitted students can defer their admission to Bates College.

Does Bates College accept transfer credits?

βœ… Bates College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

Does Bates College accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

βœ… Bates College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Bates College?

❌ No, Bates College is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If you have higher than average scores, you probably want to include them. If your scores are average or below average, you it might make sense to leave them out of your application.

What is Bates College's acceptance rate?

βœ… Bates College has an acceptance rate of 14%.

What is the early decision acceptance rate at Bates College?

βœ… Bates College's early decision acceptance rate was 48% in 2021.

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Bates College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective


How hard is it to get into Bates College? Bates College is a very selective institution. The Bates College acceptance rate is 14%. This means that the institution accepts 13 out of every 100 applicants.


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.

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

Bates College SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1340 - 1500


Math SAT Range

650 - 760


Reading SAT Range

660 - 745

Bates College GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

Not available

Data Source: IPEDs and Peterson's Databases Β© 2022 Peterson's LLC All rights reserved

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