We’re interested in people who work hard, take intellectual risks, believe that education isn’t confined to a classroom and get deeply involved in their community.

Bates’ unique personality rests on the bedrock values of academic excellence, diversity and inclusiveness, and social responsibility. Your personality, too, is unique. Will you and Bates be a good fit? Take a look around — and ask yourself these questions:

Do you believe that your success in life will depend on being able to adapt creatively to complexities and ambiguities, to think critically and communicate effectively?

Do you picture yourself among students who, thirsty for learning, are dedicated to seeking truth through the methods of science, the patterns of logic and language, and the beauties of art?

Are you eager to collaborate with professors committed to developing, encouraging and supporting you through your academic journey? If all these are true — apply to Bates.

Student Profile

The Bates Mission

Since 1855, Bates College has been dedicated to the emancipating potential of the liberal arts. Bates educates the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. With ardor and devotion — Amore ac Studio — we engage the transformative power of our differences, cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action. Preparing leaders sustained by a love of learning and a commitment to responsible stewardship of the wider world, Bates is a college for coming times.

2019 Class Stats

  • Class size 517
  • Acceptance rate 21.6%
  • Yield rate 41%
  • Enrolled through Early Decision 51.8%
  • Enrolled through Regular Decision 48.2%

Financial Aid

  • 2015–16 total grant budget $33 million
  • Portion of the Class of 2019 receiving Bates grants 42%
  • Class of 2019 average grant $40,378


  • Middle Atlantic 24%
  • Midwest 6%
  • New England 42%
  • Southeast 5%
  • Southwest and West 14%
  • International 9%


  • Male 49%
  • Female 51%
  • U.S. students of color 22%
  • First generation to college 12%


  • Public high school 49%
  • Independent high school 51%
  • Students in the top 10% of their graduating class (who submitted class rank) 72.3%


Bates has been a national leader in the test-optional movement for three decades. In October 1984, the Bates faculty voted to make standardized testing optional for admission.

  • Students submitting some standardized test results 54.2%
  • Average scores for students who submitted tests:
    • SAT Critical Reading 690
    • SAT Math 686
    • SAT Writing 689
    • ACT Composite 31