Learning across boundaries, reflecting life in global society
Bates is recognized for its inclusive social character and progressive tradition. The College is rightly celebrated as one of the first U.S. institutions of higher learning to admit women and people of color.
Since its founding in 1855 by Maine abolitionists, Bates has welcomed men and women from diverse racial, ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds.
In the 21st century, Bates strives to create a broadly diverse and deeply inclusive community that prepares students for full and active participation in a global society.
All activities, resources, and facilities have always been open to all members of the Bates community.
Bates does not believe in — and has never allowed on campus and will never allow — organizations such as fraternities or sororities that exclude people.