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Bates College

Lewiston, Maine

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Bates College overview
Location Lewiston, Maine
Online bates.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Small City
Bates College overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad
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Bates College, founded in 1855 and nestled in Lewiston, Maine, stands out as a private liberal arts college renowned for its rigorous academic programs and distinctive campus characterized by a blend of historic and modern architecture. Although relatively intimate in size, Bates maintains a broad curriculum with a notably strong focus on social sciences, biological and biomedical sciences, as well as physical sciences. The college operates on a semester-based academic calendar, adhering to a selective admissions process. Situated approximately 35 miles from Portland, the campus offers a serene, residential setting with a majority of students living in campus housing, ranging from traditional dormitories to unique residential houses. Bates does not place a strong emphasis on athletic programs but encourages student participation in various sports, competing as the Bates Bobcats in the NCAA Division III without athletic scholarships.

In the most recent statistical year 8,273 prospective students applied, and 1,137 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 518 enrolled in the school.  1,790 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 0 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $61,066 plus fees of $0. Bates is ranked 43 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Bates is rated within the top 10% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 10 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

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SAT 1420/1520
ACT 32/33

Applications Accepted

Bates College overview
Applications Due Jan 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Very High
Application Fee $60

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Bates College
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$900
Other Fees$0
Room and Board $17,224
Budget for Other Expenses$1,250
Total One Year Cost$80,440

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$75,700 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

92% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Bates College students
Subject Percent of Class
Social Sciences 26%
Biology 10%
Psychology 9%
Visual and Performing Arts 9%
English and Literature 8%

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