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