Bates College (Bates)

2 Andrews Road, Lewiston, ME

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Bates College is a liberal arts college that offers an undergraduate education and helps students in developing important skills useful in pursuit of graduate education or employment. A liberal arts curriculum exposes students to a variety of topics and subjects. The school is located in Lewiston, Maine, which is a predominantly urban area. Bates College has a yearly student enrollment of over 1,700.

Here is a list of some of the popular programs Bates College offers:

  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • English Language And Literature
  • History

Students applying for admission are most often required to submit an application, transcripts, records, test scores and any requested personal statements, which will then be reviewed by the school. Admission to this school is considered highly competitive, with only 30 percent of applicants being admitted each year. More information regarding admissions can be found here.

The cost of undergraduate tuition is approximately $47,000, but may change from year to year. Students are encouraged to visit the school's net price calculator to better understand their personal tuition costs. Financial aid may be offered to students that meet the required requirements in the form of loans, grants, scholarships and work study programs.

The Bates College Bobcats participate in a number of athletic programs, as part of the NCAA organization. Athletic programs available may include:

  • Baseball (NCAA Division III)
  • Basketball (NCAA Division III)
  • Track & Field (NCAA Division III)
  • Field Hockey (NCAA Division III)

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Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may give an overview of the applicants Bates College accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Bates College has a total student population of about 1,800, with undergraduate students making up about 100% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition is estimated to range between $48,000-$58,000 for both in-state and out-of-state students
  • Room and board is estimated to cost around $17,000

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid47%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships43%$37,814
Receiving Student Loans24%$6,679

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help students and alumni, Bates College may offer student services including:

  • Career path counseling
  • Student employment
  • Helping students find work after graduation

Graduation Rates

With a very high graduation rate of around 93%, Bates College is among the most successful schools in the area.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years88%
Graduating in 5 Years5%
Graduating in 6 Years0.2%

Intercollegiate Athletics

Bates College is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division III (with football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (New England Small College Ath Conf)
  • Basketball (New England Small College Ath Conf)
  • Track and Field (New England Small College Ath Conf)
  • Field Hockey
  • Football (New England Small College Ath Conf)
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Rowing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Other Sports

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences


English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature


Interdisciplinary Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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Data Disclaimer

Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact Bates College for official up-to-date information.

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