Academic Programs & Opportunities

Bates is committed to the success of every student. The faculty believes that every student is a scholar, and so creates many opportunities for students to hone their skills and conduct their own research. The academic program at Bates is rigorous, but the College has many academic resources designed to support student learning. The links below provide information on research opportunities as well as connections to valuable academic support resources.


Enrichment & Support

  • First-Year Academics – Embark on the intellectual adventure designed to foster critical thinking, challenge you, and be fun
  • Science Fellows – The Bates Science Fellows are a select group of students who meet once every week during their first year at Bates to explore science and math in a shared-learning environment.
  • Dana Scholars – Highest honor bestowed on selected first-year students
  • Sophomore Hub – Navigate important developments of the sophomore year
  • Mount David Summit – Students present research service-learning and creative work in many venues
  • Harward Center for Community Partnerships – Service to others in schools, businesses, and hospitals, as well as social service, environmental, and governmental agencies
  • Honors Program – An opportunity for students to do extensive independent study and research in their major fields
  • Off-campus Study – Find out why so many Bates students study abroad
  • Short Term – A variety of educational programs that cannot be offered in the regular semesters
  • Senior Thesis – A significant research, service, performance, or studio project in the final year of study in the major
  • Student Research – Student research opportunities: grant and community-based learning