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Reviews 237 total reviews with an average rating of 3.7

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4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Going to Bates has had its ups and downs, but none of those downs were particularly personal to Bates. Overall, it's a fantastic school: amazing academics, available, supportive, and intelligent professors, a huge amount of school spirit, and truly wonderful people. You just have to be committed to seeking out all of these things, and you will find them very easily. Bates definitely values the student who comes to Bates looking to get the most out of it in all realms.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are tons of great places nearby - they just don't always deliver and can be a little expensive for the average college student.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Off-campus are where a ton of the best parties happen, they're generally pretty nice and accessible to students.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are usually good parties every weekend if you're looking for them, but at the same time the party scene is far from overbearing, so you can easily spend a weekend in without trouble.

3 College Freshman

Administration: I want President Spencer impeached. The deans are generally pretty great, though.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Honestly, my parents did all of the financial aid stuff, I don't really know.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Dining at Bates is genuinely incredible for a college.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Aside from the occasional off-campus senior, on-campus is the only way to go for most Bates students. Almost all freshman live in your average college dorm, and after that, sophomores and older either continue to live in such rooms or in houses or suites. Freshman are given roommates based on a survey; sophomores and up go through the housing lottery or apply for theme housing.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: For varsity, intramural, or Sunday athletes, bates offers a lot of options for where to work out, practice or just have good time with your friends.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Bates is a small college that guarantee housing for four years so nobody needs to legible off campus and you really shouldn't with all what bates offers. but if you want to Well in Lewiston the ranting price is really low and the whole town is small so you will be living need campus.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Some restore ts the in the town of Lewiston and auburn but again there is no need to go there with all the good food that commons+den provide.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Parties can get crazy here baby, but if you don't feel like partying no need for that no reall peer pressure for partying and drinking is present in bates. If you like partying you can find the right place for you easily, if you don't feel like partying no pressure, and if you don't like partying at all there are a lot of chemfree dorms/houses on campus.

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: Not only I am international so most schools don't support me but also I am from a very poor family. But bates provides me with all the money I need. Of course you have to be competitive and willing to work hard to meet the academic requirements, which are the only requirements to be able to get support from bates once you are accepted.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Commons, Den, or Ranje, in Bates they know how to feed you. They also know how to make the freshman 15 very true. It is true that commons start to close at 8:30( actually you can stay there till up to 10), but you an get as much food out as you can carry. Everyone gets out of commons with either a delicious made in Maine apple or other fruits+ yogurt or a fat sandwich and of course coffee and nobody cares. So commons basically feeds you for the whole night, if you are smart enough.

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5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Bates has some old houses, which aren't really terrible, but the new dorms are more than comfortable. It is a small college so the community is really close together and everyone knows almost everyone else. The international students in bates participate in most activity and are merged with the community, which makes bates a really good place to know the world and share cutures, thanks to the fabulous community it offers.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: As with other NESCACs, there can always be improvements in diversity, especially in terms of socioeconomic status. However, coming from a fairly diverse area, I am fairly happy with what is present. The numbers of POCs, first gen, etc keep getting better and better with each new incoming class- all the seniors agree that Bates is much more diverse now than when they were freshman. The LGBTQ+ community isn't too visible but is growing more prominent with each new year. In terms of political views, most people are either liberal or apathetic. Generally most people aren't too religious but the various religious clubs on campus hold many events which are open to the whole campus.

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4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of great restaurants to choose from- the most popular include Mother India, Orchid, Forage, and Pure Thai. Costs are generally reasonable and most of these places have deals for Batesies. It would be perfect if, like the center of Lewiston, these places were closer to campus.

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2 College Freshman

Administration: Administration is sucking hard core this year. The students are having a hard time tolerating them. Cancellation of Trick or Drink, firing or "retiring" of most of the professor who are willing to support the students, and the overall "Harvardization" of the school is killing the culture that I have heard so much about but seem that I will never truly get to witness. They are causing security to crack down on parties too, but policies are still decently lenient in comparison to many other schools. I just wish we could see a true representation of the students wishes taken into account by administration. It's sad to see the inclusive culture of the school disappear before my eyes.

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3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Thursdays are pretty dull, hanging out or the Goose. Fridays are hit or miss, could find something fun in a house, or could end up stuffing your face at the Den. Saturdays are the best night for houses, you'll most likely find something fun. Easier to find things to do if your on a sports team.

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: 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.

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4 College Freshman

Administration: There's been some controversy in the beginning of the year with the cancelation of a popular drinking event. The student backlash to this decision however has forced the administration to reconsider its policies and sponsor some new late night alternatives in the meantime. I don't know where this whole episode will go, but it's nice to know that the students can unite if necessary.

As for the people themselves, the various deans are always accessible and wiling to help out. I know two of them personally, they're that friendly.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Fridays are usually for more intimate get togethers with your friends- nothing too big. Saturdays, on the other hand, can be all-night ragers. These can range from dorm parties to cool house parties. Especially when there's a themed dance that weekend, it can get crazy. Some nights can be more fun than others- it usually depends on who you know, what else is happening that weekend, etc.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: There aren't many colleges who's food rarely gets old like at Bates. Apparently we're ranked in the top 10 of all American colleges or something like that. Anyway, going to Commons is probably one my favorite parts of the day just because there's so much variety. And the pizza...let's just say it's heavenly.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The campus housing is very average compared to other schools I have visited. Smith is by far the worst dorm. 280 is by far the best dorm.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Almost all the dorms are really nice (minus Smith) and have great proximity to classes

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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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