Bates College

315 reviews
  1. Lewiston, ME
  2. 4 Year
A+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    A+
  2. Value
    A+
  3. Diversity
    A
  4. Campus
    A+
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    A-
  7. Professors
    A+
  8. Location
    C
  9. Dorms
    A
  10. Campus Food
    A+
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B-
Bates College is ...
Private not-for-profit
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conference
New England Small College Athletic Conference
Address
2 Andrews Road
Lewiston, ME 04240
Website

Bates College Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
25%
SAT Range
Data not available
ACT Range
Data not available
Application Fee
$60
SAT/ACT
Neither required nor recommended
High School GPA
Recommended

Cost

Net Price
$22,062/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $7,426/ year
  • $30-48k
    $14,897/ year
  • $49-75k
    $13,534/ year
  • $76-110k
    $21,523/ year
  • $110k+
    $39,604/ year

Academics

Professors
A+
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
10:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
88%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.16 responses
67%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.18 responses
44%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.18 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
1,773Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
0%
Pell Grant
13%
Varsity Athletes
39%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 13 responses
Report
  • FRIENDLY
    62%
  • Batesie
    23%
  • Athletic, healthy
    8%
  • Outgoing
    8%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
100%
Poll
100%
of students say they don't have Greek life.19 responses
Poll
56%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.25 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 12 responses
Report
  • Academics first
    67%
  • Educating the whole person
    17%
  • Life-changing
    17%

After Bates College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$53,500/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
88%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
86%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.14 responses

Reviews

315 reviews
  • Excellent
    92
  • Very Good
    121
  • Average
    82
  • Poor
    13
  • Terrible
    7
Bates has a very active and athletic student body. A big percentage of students are in varsity teams and many in club teams. Intramurals are very attractive to many because of how much fun they are (almost never taken that seriously).

Bates is a DIII school and competes in the NESCAC conference. However, it offers a DI program in Alpine/Nordic Skiing and Squash.

Garcelon field hosts football, soccer, and lacrosse games which also attracts the most fans. Especially in big games with rival schools like Colby and Bowdoin, the main stands get filled with students and there is lots of school spirit.

Many athletes live in off-campus houses with their teams where also most of the parties happen.

Go Bobcats!
  • College Freshman
  • 7 months ago
It's a very extroverted school- sometimes if you aren't the most outgoing person, you can feel as if you're left behind. But it's completely ok; everyone finds their niche eventually and you'll settle in just fine. Otherwise I haven't been here long enough to accurately reflect on my overall experience. I will say that your experience will depend completely on you. It's very easy to isolate yourself with just work and friends. But if you reach out of your comfort zone, you'll learn so much and meet a ton of awesome people! I can say I've definitely become more knowledgable about social issues and more comfortable with myself since coming to Bates. Yeah we're an isolated small college in Maine- but there's so much under the surface.
  • College Freshman
  • Feb 22 2015
I love going to class at Bates. Coming from a highly challenging high school, the classes (I was in all arts/English/humanities my first semester) the workload was sometimes difficult but overall extremely manageable. I adored every one of my teachers and felt like I got a lot of personal attention from each one of them.

I have a lot of friends that are neuroscience majors, however, and that path of study is much more challenging.

Pros of curriculum: study abroad highly encouraged, almost everyone does it. Also everyone gets to do a senior thesis (alas, some hate this and some love it).

Cons of curriculum: can be an education minor and get your teaching certificate, but only for grades 6-12- no early ed. Certification!
  • College Freshman
  • Dec 16 2014