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.


2020 Class Stats

  • Class size 499
  • Acceptance rate 22.6%
  • Yield rate 40.7%

Financial Aid

  • 2016–17 total grant budget Over $32 million
  • Portion of the Class of 2020 receiving Bates grants 42%
  • Class of 2020 average grant $43,467

Geographic

  • Middle Atlantic 24%
  • Midwest 5.8%
  • New England 40.6%
  • Southeast 5.8%
  • Southwest and West 15.6%
  • International 8.2%

Demographic

  • Male 47%
  • Female 53%
  • U.S. students of color 23.8%
  • First generation to college 12.4%

Education

  • Public high school 52%
  • Independent high school 48%
  • Average weighted GPA 3.86

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.

  • Students submitting some standardized test results 51%
  • Average scores for students who submitted tests:
    • SAT Critical Reading 681
    • SAT Math 684
    • SAT Writing 678
    • ACT Composite 31