A forward-thinking institution from the outset, founded in 1855 by abolitionists, Bates college consistently ranks among the best liberal arts colleges in the nation.
Bates was one of the first leaders of the ‘SAT optional movement’ and carries on its policy of reviewing applications holistically. Bates is, and always has been, an inclusive and progressive institution founded on egalitarian principles.
Students enjoy discussing ideas and professors encourage critical thinking through rigorous academic instruction. The 109 acre campus has access to the 574 acre Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area and prides itself on being a environmentally friendly campus. It is known as one of the “Hidden Ivies” for its rigorous academic demands and dedication to intensive student-professor interaction.
|Admissions Phone||207 786-6000|
|Codes||SAT: 3076 ACT: 1634 FAFSA: 002036 CSS Profile: 3076|
|Location||Lewiston, Maine: Large town 140 miles north of Boston, 35 miles from Portland|
|College Newspaper||Bates Student|
|Enrollment||~2,000 undergraduate students|
|Popular Programs||Politics, Psychology, Economics|
|Student Life||Bates is famous for its air of inclusiveness; organizations like fraternities and sororities are not allowed on campus, so if you are looking for a vibrant Greek life, look elsewhere. This tight-knit residential campus encourages students to join one, or a few of its numerous student organizations. Students looking for a greener lifestyle can appreciate that Bates is one of the most environmentally friendly campuses in the country, sourcing almost 100 percent of its energy from renewables and being honored by the United States Environmental protection Agency.|
|International||~5% of undergrads; TOEFL: Required; SAT or ACT: Recommended; Financial Aid Available|
|Transfer||Yes, Fall and Winter|
|Crossover||Amherst, Wesleyan, Middlebury, Dartmouth|
|Other||Selective (<30% admitted), Early Decision, Common Application|
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