Bates College Summary

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Basic Statistics

Lewiston, ME
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
Small city
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
27 %
Admission Difficulty
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores
Not Reported

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Strong academic programs
  • Lick-It and Gala
  • The Strange Bedfellows improv comedy group
  • Dollar chai nights at the Ronj

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Finding a parking spot
  • Six months of winter
  • Lewiston
  • People playing beer pong outside your room at 4 a.m.

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

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.

Bates Student Reviews

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5 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: I love the campus food! I mean yeah, month to month they'll run the same schedule, but they do mix it up for holidays and such. Our vegan bar is really good, too! My personal favorite from it is the Asian Noodle Bowl. It's spicy and warm! I also love our desserts.

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: I don't know much about this. I'm a homebody so...

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Our campus is lenient towards some things and strict towards others. Overall, they worry about students having hard liquor, which is good.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Right now, I'm leaning towards a Japanese major here. My professors have been great so far, especially my language teachers. They try to make us speak in Japanese as much as possible, but don't try to take the fun out of it!

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Our school offers majors focused mainly on Liberal Arts, but we have options for those who like science and math too! I've only heard complaints about one or two professors, but everyone seems to have a great relationship with their professors.


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