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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

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!

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 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 Freshman

Athletics: Bates has great athletic facilities. From the olympic sized pool, to Garcelon field, everything is furnished with state-of-the-art technology. Women and mens rowing is one of the best in the United States. They're ranked 3rd nationally and were at one point the best in the United States. Impressive stuff looking at their trophies. The football team is also really good. Bates constantly has this beef with Bowdoin College on almost all things athletic and academic. I never really got into the rivalry but should you need a school to root against Bates has you with Bowdoin.

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IM sports are almost as big, if not bigger, than varsity sports at Bates. The football team has a less-than-stellar record, but Nordic skiing, squash, basketball, and club ice hockey enjoy more success. Generally, IM sports are the school’s main attraction, though they can go unnoticed by people who aren’t actually playing them. Although a high percentage of Bates students participate in some kind of athletics, sports aren’t really a focus at the school. There is a sports scene on campus, with athletes hanging out together and supporting each other at games, but it by no means dominates life on campus.

This is not to say that athletics aren’t important at Bates, but academics always take top priority. Thus, varsity sports at Bates are Division III, with the exception of Nordic skiing and squash, which are Division I. While this has led to a low profile concerning athletics at Bates, there is certainly no lack of opportunities for students to play. Between varsity, IM, and club sports, students with almost any level of interest can find something that suits them. Bates also offers a number of PE courses, such as yoga, ballroom dancing, indoor climbing, and RAD self-defense for women. Four PE credits are required to graduate, and these can be satisfied by taking PE courses or participating in other sporting options. Sorry guys, beer pong’s not included.

Facts & Statistics

Athletic Association
  • NAA
  • NCAA
Athletic Division
NCAA Division III (with football)
Athletic Conferences
Football: New England Small College Ath Conf
Basketball: New England Small College Ath Conf
School Colors
Garnet and white
School Nickname
Men Playing Varsity Sports
344 - 43%
Women Playing Varsity Sports
262 - 28%
Men's Varsity Sports
  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Other sports
  • Rowing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
Women's Varsity Sports
  • Basketball
  • Field hockey
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Other sports
  • Rowing
  • Skiing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming and diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
Club Sports
  • Ballroom dance
  • Equestrian
  • Fencing (men's and women's)
  • Ice Hockey (men's and women's)
  • Rugby (men's and women's)
  • Sailing
  • Skydiving
  • Ultimate Frisbee (men's and women's)
  • Volleyball (men's)
  • Water polo (men's and women's)
  • Basketball (3-on-3, 5-on-5)
  • Bowling
  • Broomball
  • Flag football (4 on 4)
  • Frisbee
  • Ice hockey
  • Racquetball
  • Soccer (indoor and outdoor)
  • Softball
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Wallyball
Athletic Fields & Facilities
  • Alumni Gymnasium
  • Bates Squash Center (off Campu)
  • Bert Andrews Room
  • Campus Avenue Field
  • Clifton Gray Athletic Building
  • Davis Fitness Center
  • Garcelon Field
  • Leahey Baseball Field
  • Merrill Gymnasium
  • Rowing Boat House in Green, Maine
  • Russell Street Track
  • Tarbell Pool
  • Underhill Arena
  • Wallach Tennis Center
Most Popular Sports
The Bates football team is something of a joke, but the school's basketball team is very popular, often playing for a full house. Lacrosse and club ice hockey games are also very well-attended IM teams, particularly basketball, soccer, hockey and softball, are popular, with many students participating and going to matches. The Outing Club has a large membership; many students take advantage of the hiking opportunities available in Maine.
Most Overlooked Teams
Track and field, squash (because they compete off campus).
School Spirit
Many students at Bates are passionate, but few of them are passionate about Bates sports. People who play sports and have friends on sports teams have lots of school spirit, but others remain fairly apathetic. Most students busy themselves by rallying for causes such as saving the rainforests or stopping third-world sweatshops rather than devoting their energies to school spirit. Still, the school store does a brisk trade in clothing and supplies with the Bates logo; students are certainly not ashamed to be Batesies. Students are often drawn to Bates because of the people, and Batesies often maintain strong friendships outside of college. Most Batesies are willing to do anything to help out a fellow grad.
Getting Tickets
All Bates sporting events are free, with the exception of some NCAA events, and there is seldom any difficulty finding seats, even at major games.
Best Place to Take a Walk
For a short on-campus walk, there is a path around Lake Andrews, also known as The Puddle, that is popular among both students and Lewiston residents. Off campus, there is a path along the Androscoggin River, which is about a 10 or 15 minute walk from Bates. Thorncraig Bird Sanctuary is about a half-hour walk away, and it has a number of trails and an excellent view of Mount Washington. Mount David is a popular place to watch the sun rise and set.

Student Polls

How popular are varsity sports on campus?    Based on 23 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 52% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 39% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 9% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 24 responses

  • 42% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 33% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 25% Some people participate in them, but they aren't a big part of campus life.
  • 0% Almost no one participates in them.

How would you describe the athletic facilities?    Based on 25 responses

  • 16% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 32% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 24% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 28% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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