Bates College


Enrollment: 1,660.

Student Body: 52% female, 48% male, 89% out-of-state, 5% international (65 countries represented). Asian 6%, African American 3%, Caucasian 81%, Hispanic 2%.

Retention and Graduation: 83% freshmen graduate within 4 years.

Faculty: Student/faculty ratio 10:1. 162 full-time faculty, 93% hold PhDs, 14% are members of minority groups, 46% are women.


Degrees: Bachelors.

Classes: Most classes have 10-19 students. Most lab/ discussion sessions have 10-19 students.

Majors with Highest Enrollment: Economics; political science and government; psychology.

Special Study Options: Accelerated program, cooperative education program, double major, honors program, independent study, internships, liberal arts/career combination, student-designed major, study abroad, teacher certification program.

Honors programs: The Honors Program Special programs offered to physically disabled students include note-taking services, reader services, tape recorders, tutors.

Career services: Alumni network, alumni services, career/job search classes, career assessment, internships, regional alumni.

Career services highlights include: Finance Boot Camp. A day long introductory workshop presented by alumni working in all facets of the industry. The day provides a soup to nuts look at the industry with class specific small group options and networking opportunities.


Housing: Coed dorms, men’s dorms, women’s dorms, theme houses, quiet/ study houses and halls, chem-free and low chem houses and halls. 65% of campus accessible to physically disabled.

Special Academic Facilities/Equipment: Art gallery, Edmund S. Muskie Archives, language labs, planetarium, 600-acre conservation area on seacoast for environmental studies, scanning electron microscope, Imaging Center.

Computers: 40% of classrooms, 100% of dorms, 100% of libraries, 100% of dining areas, 100% of student union, 10% of common outdoor areas have wireless network access. Students can register for classes online. Administrative functions (other than registration) can be performed online.


Environment: Town.

Activities: Choral groups, dance, drama/theater, jazz band, literary magazine, music ensembles, pep band, radio station, student government, student newspaper, student-run film society, symphony orchestra, yearbook, campus ministries, international student organization.

Organizations: 99 registered organizations, 3 honor societies, 9 religious organizations.

Athletics (Intercollegiate): Baseball, basketball, crew/rowing, cross-country, diving, football, golf, lacrosse, skiing (downhill/alpine), skiing (nordic/cross-country), soccer, squash, swimming, tennis, track/field (outdoor), track/field (indoor). Basketball, crew/rowing, cross-country, diving, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, skiing (downhill/alpine), skiing (nordic/cross-country), soccer, softball, squash, swimming, tennis, track/field (outdoor), track/field (indoor), volleyball.

On-Campus Highlights: Pettengill Hall, Bates College Museum of Art, Dining Commons, The George and Helen Ladd Library, Merrill Gymnasium/ Underhill Arena. Environmental Initiatives: In the process of developing a climate neutral action plan. Working with Committee on Environmental Responsibility to update a sustainability plan for the college. Recently formed an Energy Task Force to reduce energy consumption, costs, and emissions across campus.


Freshman Academic Profile: 55% in top 10% of high school class, 86% in top 25% of high school class, 99% in top 50% of high school class. 57% from public high schools. SAT Math middle 50% range 630-700. SAT Critical Reading middle 50% range 635-710.

Basis for Candidate Selection: Class rank, application essay, academic GPA, recommendation(s), rigor of secondary school record, character/personal qualities, extracurricular activities, interview, level of applicant’s interest, talent/ability, standardized test scores, alumni/ae relation, first generation, geographical residence, racial/ethnic status, state residency, volunteer work, work experience.

Freshman Admission Requirements: High school diploma is required and GED is not accepted. 4 English, 3 mathematics, 3 science, (2 science labs), 2 foreign language, 3 social studies. 4 English, 4 mathematics, 4 science, (3 science labs), 4 foreign language, 4 social studies.

Freshman Admission Statistics: 4,512 applied, 32% admitted, 34% enrolled.

Transfer Admission Requirements: High school transcript, college transcript(s), essay or personal statement, statement of good standing from prior institution(s). Lowest grade transferable C.

General Admission Information: Application fee $60. Early decision application deadline 11/15. Regular application deadline 1/1. Regular notification 3/31. Nonfall registration accepted. Admission may be deferred for a maximum of 1 year. Credit and/or placement offered for CEEB Advanced Placement tests.


Comprehensive fee $53,300. Average book expense $1,150.

Required Forms and Deadlines: FAFSA, CSS/Financial Aid PROFILE, noncustodial PROFILE, business/farm supplement. Financial aid filing deadline 2/1.

Notification of Awards: Applicants will be notified of awards on or about 4/1.

Types of Aid: Federal Pell, SEOG, state scholarships/grants, private scholarships, the school’s own gift aid. FFEL Subsidized Stafford, FFEL Unsubsidized Stafford, FFEL PLUS, Federal Perkins, state loans.

Student Employment: Federal Work-Study Program available. Institutional employment available. Off-campus job opportunities are good.

Financial Aid Statistics: 41% freshmen, 39% undergrads receive need-based scholarship or grant aid. 40% freshmen, 39% undergrads receive need-based self-help aid. 44% freshmen, 41% undergrads receive any aid. 40% undergrads borrow to pay for school. Average cumulative indebtedness $18,785.

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