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Bates Admissions Information

Bates College
Lewiston, ME (map)


Bates College is found within the Mountain Seacoast Conservation Area in Lewiston, Maine. This location allows students to make use of the natural environment year-round, taking a quick ride to the nearby ski slopes during the winter months, renting hiking and camping equipment and venturing to the White Mountains, or partaking in the annual on-campus Puddle Jump into Lake Andrews in January, sponsored by the Bates Outing Club. Traditions like Puddle Jump are an important part of college life to Batesies – the affectionate term adopted by students at the school.

The Bates student population is extremely diverse for a college its size. In fact, its class of 2014 represents 35 states, 35 countries, with only 10% of students being residents of Maine. 100% of first-year students and 93% of the entire undergraduate body lives in college housing, keeping the student body close and integrated. With over 100 registered student organizations, students can choose from a variety of clubs, activities, and ways to de-stress on campus. Bates’s numerous on-campus resources include the perks of having an art museum, the Stephens Observatory, as well as the Edmund S. Muskie Archives & Special Collections Library, which collects, preserves, and exhibits historical documents materials about Bates College. However, the Bates campus is located only 35 miles from Portland, Maine’s largest city. Campus is a 45-minute drive to the historic, retail-friendly village of Freeport, as well, home to the headquarters of the wilderness and outdoors outfitters L.L. Bean. Boston is located 2 hours to the South of Bates.



Basic Info

Main Address: 2 Andrews Rd.
Lewiston, ME 04240
Phone Number: (207) 786-6255  
Website: www.bates.edu  


Type of school: Private  
Type of school: Coed  
Setting: Urban  
Athletics: NCAA Division III, Intercollegiate, Club, Intramural  
Degrees offered: Bachelors  
Size of undergraduate student body: 1,725  
Percent out-of-state: 90%  
Percent international: 5.97%  
Female to Male ratio: 53:47  

Academic Life

Student to Professor ratio: 10:1  
Most popular majors: Social Sciences
General Political Science and Government
Visual and Performing Arts
Foreign Languages and Literature
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Special study programs: Accelerated
Double Major
Exchange Student
Honors Program
Independent Study
Liberal Arts Career Combo
Liberal Arts Engineering Dual Degree
Student Designed Major
Study Abroad
Teacher Certification

Campus Life

Housing options:
Coed Housing
Women's Housing
Men's Housing
Academic groups
Campus ministries
Gay, lesbian, and bisexual groups
Improv comedy
Jazz band
Minority student groups
Music ensembles
Radio station
Social services group
Student film society
Student union
Theater program
Chamber orchestra
Concert band
Debating club
Honor societies
International student groups
Literary magazine
Model U.N.
Political discussion groups
Singing groups
Speakers forum
Student government
Team managers

Fun Facts

  • Ranked #5, Most Popular Study Abroad Program
  • Named a Best Northeastern College
  • Ranked #14, Most Politically Active Students

Admissions Information

Bates admissions are selective. Areas of highest importance include the rigor of an applicant's course load, GPA, class rank, recommendations, and essay. An interview is recommended and is highly considered, as are extracurricular activities, demonstrated talents or abilities, and the applicant's level of interest. Geographical residence, state residency, work and volunteer work, ethnic status, and legacy are all considered factors in the application process. Applicants must have a high school diploma to apply - a GED is not accepted. Admissions advisors at Bates are seeking applicants eager to incorporate diversity, inclusiveness, honesty, and social responsibility while pursuing academic excellence. Bates is well-known for being a selective school while not requiring the submission of standardized test scores.

Admissions address: 23 Campus Ave.
Lindholm House
Lewiston, ME 04240-9917
Phone number: (207) 786-6000  
Fax number: (207) 768-6025  
Admissions Website: www.bates.edu/admission/  
Email: admission@bates.edu  
Contact Person: Wylie Mitchell, Dean of Admission  
Number of first-year applications received: 4,517  
Percent of applicants admitted: 32%  

Application Information

Regular application deadline: 1/1  
Early decision/action deadline: 11/15  
Accepts the Common Application? Yes  
Admission requirements: Essay

Application Information

Standardized test scores required? No  
Policy regarding SAT score-use: Highest Section Scores Across Test Dates  
Middle 50% Scores



% Who Submitted Scores
SAT Critical Reading
SAT Math
SAT Writing
ACT Composite

College Board code: 3076  
ACT code: 1634  
Learn more about other Northeastern schools:
University of Vermont   Colby   Middlebury   Bowdoin  

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