Explore Bates

In 1855, a group of Maine abolitionists had a radical idea: found a college that was open to everyone, regardless of economic status, ethnicity, race, or gender.

Over 150 years later, their legacy lives on. At Bates, you will find a community of irrepressibly enthusiastic, unapologetically smart, boldly individual, and radically aware people, who happen to think that finding the truth sometimes requires a leap into a frigid pond.

Yes, we’re a small liberal arts college nestled in a bucolic setting, and yes, we have small class sizes, but trust us–we’re not like the rest.

In these pages we invite you to begin your exploration of Bates College–place that has been an original from the start. Discover our unique academic calendar (we don’t believe that one size fits all), get to know what Bates students do outside of the classroom (hint: they try everything), and learn about why our students graduate happy (get ready to be impressed).

Do we have all of the answers? No. Have we seen everything? Definitely not. We’re here to keep asking, searching, and discovering enough to know that there’s more to discover. We don’t know what the future will bring. But if you come here, you’ll help build it.






Mission Statement

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.