Key Bates Facts

The Basics

Bates is a small liberal arts college located in Lewiston, Maine. We are proud to offer a rigorous and highly personalized education that centers on deep and sustained interactions among students, faculty, and community. We are engaging the forces — intellectual trends, demographic changes, and technology — that are transforming higher education and the world into which our students graduate.

2,000 degree-seeking students call Bates home

21% of students are from underrepresented groups

We have a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio

Bates offers 33 majors and 20 minors

50-50 gender balance in the student body

100% of tenured faculty possess the highest degree in their field

Distinctive Features

Bates helps students identify and cultivate their interests and strengths and acquire the knowledge, experiences and relationships necessary to pursue their aspirations with imagination and integrity.

A nationally recognized community engagement program

Each year Bates students perform 70,000 hours of volunteer and community service associated with their academic coursework.

The Mount David Summit is Bates’ annual celebration of student research, creative work, and senior thesis projects.

Purposeful Work at Bates is about helping students align who they are and what they want to do.

Fulbright top producer

In 2015, Bates was again named a “Fulbright Top Producer” with a college-record 18 Fulbright fellows.

Academic calendar: Two semesters + Spring Short Term

Our academic calendar features two semesters and one Short Term, a special period of focused study in the spring.

Every senior completes a thesis or a capstone project.

History and Values

Since our founding by abolitionists in 1855, we have welcomed men and women from diverse racial, ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds. We were the first co-educational college in New England, and some of our earliest students were former slaves. We continue to live that promise of inclusiveness.

 

NCAA Division III Athletics

Bates belongs to the New England Small College Athletic Conference, whose members believe that athletics should operate in harmony with the educational mission of their institutions.

Bates’ Ahmed Abdel Khalek won the College Squash Association men’s 2015 individual national championship.Bates’ women rowers are the 2015 NCAA Division III national champions.

New England Small College Athletic Conference

31 varsity sports

27 All-American Honors, 2009-2014

The 2015 men’s lacrosse team finished the season ranked #12 in the nation among Division III colleges.Since 1992, Bates women have been named All-American 27 times in outdoor track and have won three NCAA championships.The 2014-15 men’s basketball team finished 21-7 and advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Division III national championship tournament.

 

Maine!

Lewiston is a red-brick post-industrial city of 60,000. With a welcoming fusion culture that includes historic French Canadian and Somali immigrant communities, we are proud to call it our home.