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Reviews 284 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. The Bates Security is made up of a team of very great people who we know personally and respect. Sometimes they break parties on campus from noise complaints of neighbours.

EMS does an excellent job in assisting students in an emergency, often from alcohol consumption.

We have a Green Dot certification program with the aim to increase awareness and to minimise sexual assault and abusive behaviour on campus.

Bates policy respects the privacy of the students, since while Security can check the rooms, they cannot enter without permission if the door is closed.

Bates Security has very close ties with Lewiston police. Bates ensures we have good relationships with the police by having policemen many times dining in Commons in a very friendly atmosphere.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The professors have the very rich background and very respected. Most of them have very friendly relationships with students. Students use office hours to drop in at their office for questions and sometimes even other times.

Courses are very clearly structured about the grading and the assignments.

Most students dress very casual for classes where others tend to wear more preppy clothes.

Introductory courses are much larger than upper-level classes but still make it possible for the professor to know everyone in the class individually.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The Career and Development Center is very helpful. It has its own mail newsletter regarding events regarding job opportunities and info sessions. They hold very close ties with alumni in companies and various fields, thus expanding on the excellent Bates Alumni Network.

They prepare students with Resume and Cover Letters, Linked In profiles and mock interviews.

BCDC not long ago introduced Handshake. A very sophisticated portal where students can apply to on and off-campus jobs and internships, get invited to career-oriented events and more.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: All of the residence buildings for students are very well maintained and cleaned. The dorms compared to other Universities are very spacious.

As a first year, you are required to live with at least another student (max 4 in the room) except specific personal reasons.

There are many advances in housing, new dorms will be ready for Fall semester 2016. Smith is also being renovated from 4 student rooms to 2 singles.

From the end of Freshman to Senior year, there is a very exciting application process for housing.

Many students apply for block housing and suites of 3, 4 or 6. Best other options are singles and houses on Frye Street and College Street.

5 College Freshman

Athletics: 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!

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Bates is a unique College. There is a very friendly, accepting and very social atmosphere on our beautiful campus. The academics are very rigorous but, the strong ties with professors and the vast amount of help resources we have, allows us to accomplish any of our endeavours.

Maine is amazing, there are a lot of opportunities for hiking, skiing, climbing etc.

Students are able to embrace nature and appreciate its beauty

There are so many fun student-run clubs to join where everyone is very supportive and easy going.

I love how most of the students are very aware of the global problems and thus many are involved in community engagement work and volunteering.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: You don't have to go out to have a good time but if you do, you usually don't regret it. Cool people to meet and some great events. To find it, you usually have to go to a house or be invited to a dorm room that's going up.

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: Always have a pretty good time. Almost always on weekends but is usually pretty inclusive and is a good unwinder after hard week.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Challenging but you really learn a lot. Professors know a lot and are always there to help. You'll get a lot out of your program.

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3 College Freshman

Diversity: Usual for a NESCAC school.

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: No real threat of hard drugs but weed and alcohol have a good presence.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. Everyone is looking out for each other.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Everything is pretty great. People are smart, healthy and friendly. Classes are hard but worthwhile.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The degree from Bates will get you places but you still have to take initiative.

5 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Good options to pick from. Also two new dorms being built!

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Athletics are great. Coaches are good and so are the staff. The facilities could be a little better but they do there job great. Varsity athletes get a little more privilege than non-varsity athletes. All teams put in a huge effort and show well on game/race day. Our rowing team is one of the best D3.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Bates a very unique place. I don't think I could have gone anywhere else that has such a friendly, intelligent and accepting community. The academics and workload can be challenging but rewarding and every class seems meaningful. The campus is also great looks beautiful. Being an athlete, there is not a huge amount of resources put into athletics compared to other programs but there still is a good amount of luxury for an athlete and all teams work hard and put out a showing. Especially the rowing teams. Love this place.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Smith was an overcrowded pit, but this is its final year before a major renovation that will turn the current quads into doubles. Two brand new dorms going up. 280's great (I lived there sophomore year) but I also love the Fry St. houses.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Very easy to be involved in sports even if you're not a varsity type. Lots of club and intramural sports.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Lewiston isn't a pretty city, but it's much safer than most cities.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Love everything about Bates. Okay, maybe except the weather in February if you're not a skier. The people, professors, student life, and the FOOD are all fantastic.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Purposeful Work program provides an internship or research job for every student. Great career services.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: A lot of cool parties.

5 College Freshman

Party Scene: A lot of options to socialize.

5 College Freshman

Academics: I think 99% of students go to Bates for their academics. They're really good. Its like asking why did you visit Washington D.C... to see the White House. Bates has an incredible academic program and really produce high caliber graduates that go on to work for Goldman, Mass Gen., Chase, U.S. Govt., Apple, Google, UN, etc. We also have this great Purposeful Work Program that is really engaging.

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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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