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Reviews 307 total reviews with an average rating of 3.9

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The professors are all really nice and offer their help all the time. The material is difficult but there are a lot of opportunities to receive help.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Got in a brand new dorm which is really nice. The other dorms are alright and I wouldn't mind living in any of them.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: All sports teams are cool and don't only hong with each other.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I'm having a lot of fun here. The people are great and everyone is really friendly. I am able to do all my work and have a GREAT time on weekends.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Healthy levels of partying. Nothing extreme.

4 College Sophomore

Party Scene: Parties are moderate and social. Nothing extreme.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Workload is heavy and starts right away. Professors are great and easy to see. Help in the labs is really great, especially the writing lab and math lab.

4 College Sophomore

Diversity: I think New England schools are becoming more diverse but you can't expect schools this far from majors cities to be as diverse as others. It really doesn't matter though because we all get along and have fun.

5 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: I see what goes on as moderate with little to no excess.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It is everything I wanted. Really not much to say other than I love this place and I love being in Maine.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I had no issues this past summer finding a high paying internship. I would say most if not all had the same experience.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Very engaged with students. Bates students are very fit and healthy. Food is healthy and Bates students work out quite a bit. They campus is very safe, the town has very low crime and I am not aware of any issues.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Highly varied from traditional to theme houses to suites to brand new 55/65 College Avenue residences. These new residences are the best of any school in the Northeast.

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Bates has never had Greek organizations, so this section does not apply.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: The athletic conference is great, has many rivalries and student participation in varsity sports is very high, close to 40%. Club sports are very popular as well. Sports in a very healthy way are integral to Bates.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: This is a great place, seriously great. Freshman year had early obstacles, mostly dealing with the workload but I adjusted well. This school is a friendly and supportive place with great teachers and great, friendly and socially-engaged students. The facilities, housing and food are also great. It was a standout for me compared to peer schools in the Northeast.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Overall, I've had only good experiences at this school.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: From what I hear (because I havent started searching for jobs yet or looking at the BCDC) that the oppourtunites made for Batesies are large and plentiful.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel pretty safe on campus wherever I go and I am a female.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Campus housing is nice because you have so many options, from dorms to houses.

1 College Sophomore

Greek Life: We don't have greek life on campus. Greek life fails to affect the social atmosphere on campus because there is none.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: I like how the athletic department focuses on making sure student-atheletics have time to invest in their studies. They make an active effort into seeing that their atheletes are sucessful outside of the classroom

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I really like how engaged everyone (from the students to the professors) are in their classes. Everyone wants to make intellectual contributions to classes so the lectures are often interesting and thought provoking

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.

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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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