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Bates College Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Bates College, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is January 1 and the application fee is $60. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for fee waiver for their application.

Students who apply for Fall should receive an admissions decision no later than April 1.

Considering Applying Early to Bates College?

Bates College offers early decision but not early action Early decision is binding, meaning you must attend if you are admitted, while early action allows you to apply early without committing. Early Decision 2 applications are due 1/1.

The early decision acceptance rate at Bates College is 46%, compared to an overall acceptance rate of 14%. In 2021, Bates College admitted 388 of the 838 students who applied early decison.

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

Is Bates College Hard To Get Into?

Bates College is avery difficult school to get into. Bates College evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny or waitlist.

In 2021, Bates College accepted 14% of all applicants., around 1,085 of the 7,696 students who applied.

Schools that are very difficult to get into, like Bates College, accept fewer than 60% of all applicants. At least 50% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 10% of their high school class and scored over 1230 on the SAT and over 26 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is extremely difficult. In 2021, Bates College waitlisted 1,995 students. Of those, 676 eventually were offered a spot.

What Does Bates College Look For in an Applicant?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college has a different way of determining which factors are given the most weight in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the areas where you stand out.

Admissions Factors at Bates College

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Very Important
Geographical Residence Important
Class Rank Very Important
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Very Important
Level of Applicant's Interest Important
Application Essay Very Important
First Generation Important
Interview Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Considered
Recommendation(s) Very Important
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Important
Talent/Ability Very Important
Standardized Test Scores Considered
Volunteer Work Considered

Bates College 2021-2022 Application Requirements

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

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Interview
Letter(s) of Recommendation 3
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Bates College?

Out of all students that were admitted, 21% submitted a class rank. At Bates College 60% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 82% were in the top 25% and 97% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Bates College, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 21%

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

In 2021, 61% of Bates College's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 35% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Bates College?

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Bates College students scored 710 or higher and 75% of students scored 620 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Bates College students scored 710 or higher, and 75% scored a 620 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Bates College?

To be most competitive at Bates College, you should strive to earn between 27 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 27 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Bates College students. Only one out of every four students scored below 27.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

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: Fall Term Winter Term

Bates College Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Bates College?

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

Does Bates College accept transfer credits?

Bates College accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions.

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

Bates College accepts International Baccalaureate credits (IB) creditsand Advanced Placement (AP) credits.

Do I have to submit test scores to Bates College?

No, Bates College is test optional, so you can make the call whether or not to include your standardized test scores. If your scores are higher than the school's average, 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..

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Bates College Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Very Selective

14%

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 14 out of every 100 applicants.

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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 ACT Scores

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ACT Range

27 - 33

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

33 and Above

Good

27 to 33

Avg

27 and Less

Low

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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 GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

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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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