Hello Counselors!

Thank you for taking a moment to learn more about Bates, a rigorous liberal arts college in the heart of Maine. It’s been an amazing year. We’ve had extraordinary success in sports, seen fantastic achievements from our faculty, and have welcomed the academically strongest and most diverse incoming class we’ve ever had.

The Bates Admission team prides ourselves in a holistic review of our applicants, and to that end, we’ve been testing optional for over 30 years. With a commitment to opportunity and excellence, we meet 100 percent of our students’ calculated financial need and make sure that every student has the opportunity for the internship that’s right for them. We look forward to learning more about your students.

— Johanna Seltzer ‘03, Interim Director of Admission

Quick stats for class of 2019
  • 21.6%Acceptance rate
  • 41%Yield rate
  • $33M2015-16 total grant budget

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Through its generous financial aid packages, Bates meets 100 percent of students’ calculated financial need.

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Bates is a national leader in the test-optional movement; the Bates faculty voted to make standardized testing optional for admission to Bates in October 1984.

Prologue to Bates

Oct. 11-13, Nov. 9-11

Three days, on us, to enjoy a slice of what Bates College has to offer. This overnight program is designed by the Bates Office of Admission for first-generation-to-college and/or students from diverse backgrounds.

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Bates’ 10:1 student-faculty ration fosters collaborative relationships that enrich student research.

In Their Own Words

Hear from the class themselves in these excerpts from admitted students’ essays:


Bates has been named a “Top Fulbright Producer”: 14 graduates of the Class of 2015 received Fulbrights, bringing our total number of recipients for the last four years to 47.

Meet the “Beings of Bates”

Inspired by Brandon Stanton’s “Humans of New York” phenomenon, Bates photographer Phyllis Graber Jensen pairs images with text to explore another way to get close to Bates students, faculty, and staff.

“I learned the value of doing what you love for a living through the professionals I met at Bates, who were all 100 percent committed to their chosen path.”

— Sulochana Dissanayake ’09 (seated with Michael Murray, her former economics professor), addressing seniors at the Honors Banquet on May 6. Winner of a 2009 Watson Fellowship, Dissanayake uses her Bates economics and theater training as founder and artistic director of the communications firm Power of Play, which employs puppetry and theater to teach, raise awareness, and achieve reconciliation and development in her native Sri Lanka.

Darby Ray, Director of the Harward Center

“I am struck almost daily by the serendipity of this college being in this town. Bates is its own unique and wonderful community, but it’s also a community within a community, and that larger community grounds us, challenges us, and enriches us in countless ways.”

— Darby Ray, Donald W. and Ann M. Harward Professor of Civic Engagement and director of the Harward Center for Community Partnerships


Six months after graduation, 99% of students in the Class of 2013 had secured employment, graduate school admission, a fellowship, or an internship.

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