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.


2022 Class Stats*

  • Class size 543
  • Admission rate 17.8%
  • Yield rate 39.7%

Financial Aid

  • 2017–18 total grant budget $34.8 million
  • Portion of the Class of 2022 receiving Bates grant aid 40%
  • Portion of the Class of 2022 receiving Pell Grants 9%
  • Class of 2022 average grant $43,555

Geographic

  • Middle Atlantic 24%
  • Midwest 6%
  • New England 42%
  • Southeast 4%
  • Southwest and West 15%
  • Outside of the U.S. 9%

Demographic

  • Female 47%
  • Male 53%
  • U.S. students of color 22%
  • First generation to college 11%

Education

  • Public high school 51%
  • Independent high school 49%
  • Average weighted GPA 3.91

Testing

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.

  • For those who submitted testing, the middle 50% had score ranges of:
    • SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing 670-730
    • SAT Math 700-760
    • ACT Composite 30-33

*Statistics are accurate as of 9/27/2018