Location
Lewiston, ME
Undergrads
1,753
Tuition
$44,300
Admission Difficulty
Hard
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Reviews 398 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Some nice off campus houses

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Drugs and Alcohol are here if you need/want them but there's plenty of people that don't.

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4 College Freshman

Academics: An Economics major requires a lot of number crunching and critical thinking.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Professors are very very good

3 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Bates is a very good academic college. If you are an athlete, expect to have much lower quality facilities and gear compared to other NESCAC schools.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are some decent off campus places such as Lewiston House of Pizza, Dominoes, Papa Johns, Pizza Market, Panera Bread, Buffalo Wild Wings, McDonalds and some other nearby (within 5 miles) places.

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3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: Commons has a pretty wide variety of food and has some great food. With that being said, it can sometimes be a hit or miss and be repetitive. There is a vegan bar as well. The Den is a later night option for food with a decent variety to choose from as well.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: For the most part, students at Bates are accepting. Bates is pretty diverse, but to some extent.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: During the months of late August up until late October, the weather is great. There is great scenery and Maine looks pretty nice. When spring comes around (usually late March/early April) the Bates campus is beautiful. However, once it hits mid November it begins to get very cold. It is very cold from mid/late November until around March. January and February are the coldest months, considering it can be 1 degree outside when you wake up for class. It is also pretty windy on campus which can be very annoying when it is already 10 degrees outside, (possibly snowing) and you have to walk down Alumni walk to get to class or Commons. With that being said, you need to prepare for harsh winter weather in Maine.

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a number of off campus houses that Bates students live in year after year.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is a decent amount of school spirit at Bates. Squash is easily our best and most consistent sport. There is only one weight room which can be frustrating at certain times during the day when it is packed. Some of the club sports are not very active or competitive.

3 College Sophomore

Computers: Some people feel that the internet at Bates can be frustrating. In some areas of campus, the network is not extremely reliable, and it others it is great. One must pay in order to photo copy, which can be very annoying. Printing is free.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Smith is the all freshman dorm where every room is a quad, and is not very spacious. Parker is for all class years and there are a mix of mostly doubles, some singles. Page is also all class years but is primarily freshman and sophomores and is mostly doubles. Adams is a "quiet" dorm with primarily doubles, where most sophomores and some juniors live. The Village is on-campus, where most upperclassmen (more seniors than juniors) live in suites (one bedroom for each of the three/four students and a common room). John Bertram Hall or JB, is where mostly juniors reside. These, like the village, are suites, however most rooms include two bedrooms for four students and a common room. Frye Street consists of houses where sophomores, juniors, and occasional seniors live. Most frye houses typically house around 20 students and there are a mix of doubles and singles.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Security is basically always driving around campus, which is good. I personally feel safe on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: Unfortunately, I did not receive financial aid at Bates.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Bates is pretty lenient with beer, but not with hard alcohol. Overall the campus strictness isn't bad, but not great.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: I have only utilized the bus to boston a few times for a fee of $20.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is no Greek Life at Bates College. I Wish there was

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: There really isn't much to do in Lewiston.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: The curriculum can be challenging at times.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Economics and Math have some large class sizes.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: It isn't openly visible, but like every other college/university, some students at Bates smoke pot. Likewise, some students drink alcohol.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: On-campus parties are a hit or miss. They can be fun, or they can be a typical night out on the weekend. However, nightlife is often repetitive and the campus security tends shuts down parties before midnight. Off-campus parties can be fun as well. There are a few bars in town.

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are a number of attractive girls at Bates. With that being said, there are also plenty of girls who some may deem as unattractive.

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3 College Sophomore

Facilities: Facilities are pretty good, but nothing extraordinary.

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Jessie Sawyer
Hometown
Farmington, CT
Major
English with a concentration in Creative Writing and a Spanish minor
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Bates students vary greatly in their opinions of their school. Some feel that Bates is a great school and wouldn’t dream of having gone to another. Others spend their four years at Bates wishing they were someplace else. Bates is a very unique school, and for the people it suits, it’s amazing. People who were looking for a different college experience are less happy. Bates does provide its students with a number of opportunities, and considering its size and resources, tries hard to accommodate every student. However, it is a small school in a small city and obviously can’t have all the same resources that are available at larger universities. The student body isn’t characterized by diversity, so if people who go to Bates aren’t your type, it’s easy to feel frustrated and out of place.

But whether you love Bates or hate it, when you graduate, you’ll have a degree from one of the most selective liberal arts schools in the country, which definitely counts for something. Before you decide which school you want to go to, you need to be very sure what you want from a college. If you’re looking for an intimate atmosphere, a close-knit campus, and an academically challenging school, you’ll probably enjoy Bates. If you want a big university with a diverse student body and an exciting city nearby, you might be better off somewhere else. Overall, Bates is a good school with an amazing faculty and a very strong academic program. Even students who might wish they were somewhere else will leave the school with a very valuable degree and a unique learning experience.

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