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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

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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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.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Being on a team is so much fun and a really great part of my college experience

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I'm not really into sports myself, but other students are and show their support. Usually, you'll see more people at a guys' game than a girls', but that's how it goes at most places. Overall, athletics are pretty big, especially when a large amount of the population is made of student athletes.


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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 16 responses

  • 0% Almost everything on campus revolves around them.
  • 50% Varsity sports are a big part of campus life.
  • 38% Varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.
  • 12% No one pays attention to varsity sports.

How popular are intramurals and club sports?    Based on 17 responses

  • 35% They are just as popular as varsity sports (or even more so).
  • 35% They are overshadowed by varsity sports, but still a big part of campus life.
  • 29% 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 18 responses

  • 6% The athletic facilities are some of the best in the country.
  • 33% Sports are important, and the quality of facilities shows that-for both athletes and non-athletes.
  • 22% The athletic facilities are good for athletes, but only mediocre for the average students.
  • 39% The athletic facilities are relatively subpar for the demands.


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