Lewiston, ME
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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: There is not enough equipment in the gym for a large amount of students to use it. The maximum is about 15.

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 Freshman

Athletics: We're a Division III school, so there's a limit to the funding, etc. that Bates receives for their athletics. However, our new president has a very large commitment to expanding athletics. Our facilities are for the most part mediocre, but there are few facilities that are very high level, like our swimming pool, our football field, and our outdoor tennis courts. The majority of students on campus participate in a sport, something like 60% of students in a varsity sport.

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4 College Junior

Athletics: A large percentage of the student population are athletes. It's very prevalent, but not overwhelming. A good amount of school spirit as well.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Students who participate in sports and very determined and modest about their successes (which are great) and the whole school is fairly active. There are clubs and IM leagues which are good. The athletic facilities aren't the greatest, but suffice.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 566th
    Best Intramural Sports
  • 1002nd
    Most Active Varsity Sports

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Jessie Sawyer
Farmington, CT
English with a concentration in Creative Writing and a Spanish minor
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IM sports are almost as big, if not bigger, than varsity sports at Bates. The football team has a less-than-stellar record, but Nordic skiing, squash, basketball, and club ice hockey enjoy more success. Generally, IM sports are the school’s main attraction, though they can go unnoticed by people who aren’t actually playing them. Although a high percentage of Bates students participate in some kind of athletics, sports aren’t really a focus at the school. There is a sports scene on campus, with athletes hanging out together and supporting each other at games, but it by no means dominates life on campus.

This is not to say that athletics aren’t important at Bates, but academics always take top priority. Thus, varsity sports at Bates are Division III, with the exception of Nordic skiing and squash, which are Division I. While this has led to a low profile concerning athletics at Bates, there is certainly no lack of opportunities for students to play. Between varsity, IM, and club sports, students with almost any level of interest can find something that suits them. Bates also offers a number of PE courses, such as yoga, ballroom dancing, indoor climbing, and RAD self-defense for women. Four PE credits are required to graduate, and these can be satisfied by taking PE courses or participating in other sporting options. Sorry guys, beer pong’s not included.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: New England Small College Ath Conf
Basketball: New England Small College Ath Conf
School Colors
Garnet and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
344 - 43%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
262 - 28%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Other sports
  • Rowing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Other sports
  • Rowing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Ballroom dance
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing (men's and women's)
  • Ice Hockey (men's and women's)
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Sailing
  • Skydiving
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's)
  • Water polo (men's and women's)
  • Basketball (3-on-3, 5-on-5)
  • Bowling
  • Broomball
  • Flag football (4 on 4)
  • Frisbee
  • Ice hockey
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer (indoor and outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Alumni Gymnasium
  • Bates Squash Center (off Campu)
  • Bert Andrews Room
  • Campus Avenue Field
  • Clifton Gray Athletic Building
  • Davis Fitness Center
  • Garcelon Field
  • Leahey Baseball Field
  • Merrill Gymnasium
  • Rowing Boat House in Green, Maine
  • Russell Street Track
  • Tarbell Pool
  • Underhill Arena
  • Wallach Tennis Center
Most Popular Sports
The Bates football team is something of a joke, but the school's basketball team is very popular, often playing for a full house. Lacrosse and club ice hockey games are also very well-attended IM teams, particularly basketball, soccer, hockey and softball, are popular, with many students participating and going to matches. The Outing Club has a large membership; many students take advantage of the hiking opportunities available in Maine.
Most Overlooked Teams
Track and field, squash (because they compete off campus).
School Spirit
Many students at Bates are passionate, but few of them are passionate about Bates sports. People who play sports and have friends on sports teams have lots of school spirit, but others remain fairly apathetic. Most students busy themselves by rallying for causes such as saving the rainforests or stopping third-world sweatshops rather than devoting their energies to school spirit. Still, the school store does a brisk trade in clothing and supplies with the Bates logo; students are certainly not ashamed to be Batesies. Students are often drawn to Bates because of the people, and Batesies often maintain strong friendships outside of college. Most Batesies are willing to do anything to help out a fellow grad.
Getting Tickets
All Bates sporting events are free, with the exception of some NCAA events, and there is seldom any difficulty finding seats, even at major games.
Best Place to Take a Walk
For a short on-campus walk, there is a path around Lake Andrews, also known as The Puddle, that is popular among both students and Lewiston residents. Off campus, there is a path along the Androscoggin River, which is about a 10 or 15 minute walk from Bates. Thorncraig Bird Sanctuary is about a half-hour walk away, and it has a number of trails and an excellent view of Mount Washington. Mount David is a popular place to watch the sun rise and set.

Student Polls

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 11 responses

  • 55% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.
  • 27% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 18% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 0% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 10 responses

  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.
  • 30% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 30% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 40% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 9 responses

  • 22% No one pays attention to varsity sports.
  • 33% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 44% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.


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