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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, especially C.Spense and McIntosh. 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.

College Freshman

Greek Life: The lack of Greek life is one of the greatest draws to this place, in accordance of the Bates tradition of being all inclusive. Everyone appreciates this feature and wouldn't want it any other way. The fact that it's relatively easy to get into parties is another plus ;)

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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5 College Freshman

Party Scene: I love the party scene here! Very inclusive. I have gotten multiple invites to upperclassman houses which is really fun. Sometimes they get busted, however, by security, even if everyone is drinking safety- which sucks.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Lewiston is up-and-coming. Some really fabulous restaurants. However, you can really get there unless you have a car. Somewhat unsafe to walk.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: Not really sure about off-campus housing because I'm a freshman, but I hear it's pretty good

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Student participation, School spirit, coaches, fan involvement, team performance- all excellent. Bates is an extremely sporty campus- almost everyone participates in sports to some extent.

However, the athletic facilities are less than sub-par. Example: I am a varsity track athlete and have been injured with a stress fracture. Every day, I need to cross-train. My coach's (and my) preferred choice would be swimming, but the pool hours are pretty horrible. I always have class during those times and can almost never go. When we have practice at 4:00, because I can't run, I go up to the Merrill aerobic facilities to try to bike/elliptical. I can almost NEVER find an open machine. I've had to start taking time out of my day in the morning between classes (which is inconvenient) to go to Merrill so I can use a machine. For the amount of students that participate in athletics/students that work out on a daily basis, the athletic facilities are not at all sufficient.

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5 College Freshman

Scholarships: I originally got a package of $30,000 (which would have brought the cost down to $30,000). However, my dad went and talked to the financial aid office and told them our situation (he had been unemployed almost my whole childhood so we had very little savings) and they brought the cost down to $22,000/year- very affordable for our family. Wouldn't be able to attend an out of state school without the generosity of Bates financial aid! I also have a work-study package.

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5 College Freshman

Academics: 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!

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College Freshman

Academics: I am a first year and have not decided on a major yet.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: All the guys I've met here are sweethearts. I have tons of guy friends, much more so than I did in high school. However, there's not the biggest dating culture. I know some couples who are dating, but more of a hookup culture than a date culture.

3 College Freshman

Local Area: Honestly, Lewiston isn't as decrepit as people complain it is to be. Sure it's "up-and-coming" and certain sections can seem sketchy, but there are a lot of awesome restaurants and cool shops to check out. I think the biggest complaint I have about the town that it isn't closer to Bates. It's about a 15-20 minute walk to the main downtown area.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: For big games (mainly between other NESCAC schools), there's a lot of school spirit and most Batesies attend to cheer their team on. However, overall sports definitely take a back seat in comparison to academics.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Talking to other students, Bates has provided nearly all the aid they requested.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: 280 is by far the nicest- some have even compared it to a hotel! Parker, Page, and Rand are average but most people are satisfied with them. That's even the case with Smith, the supposedly worst dorm on campus. There are also two houses (Clason, Milliken) for those who want a more close-knit atmosphere. Two new dorms are expected to be completed in 2016 while the Smith rooms will be converted from quads to two person rooms. This should solve the issue of overcrowding, as well as having people live on the dark basement floors.

1 College Sophomore

Local Area: Lewiston. Too small to be a city and too big to feel as if you could walk somewhere with a nice view.

1 College Sophomore

Administration: The new administration is quickly changing the culture of Bates College. The way things are going, we will be the place "where fun goes to die". Security is very strict and for student-athletes (one-third of Batesies) there is a special system in place where write-ups for alcohol will get you suspended from your sport. In the past two years, two Bates traditions (trick-or-drink and throwback night) have been cancelled by the new administration, and more will follow. If you are looking at this school and care about the social scene, I highly recommend you stay overnight first. The scene on the weekends is good sometimes, but overall very bad.

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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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