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.


2021 Class Stats

  • Class size 510
  • Acceptance rate 21.9%
  • Yield rate 44.2%

Financial Aid

  • 2016–17 total grant budget Over $32 million
  • Portion of the Class of 2021 receiving Bates grants 44%
  • Portion of the Class of 2021 receiving Pell grants 11%
  • Class of 2021 average grant $45,234

Geographic

  • Middle Atlantic 22%
  • Midwest 6%
  • New England 44%
  • Southeast 5%
  • Southwest and West 14%
  • International 9%

Demographic

  • Male 52%
  • Female 48%
  • U.S. students of color 24%
  • First generation to college 13%

Education

  • Public high school 52%
  • Independent high school 48%
  • Average weighted GPA 3.82

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 690-730
    • SAT Math 690-730
    • ACT Composite 30-32