Bates College Summary

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Hathorn Hall

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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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.


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