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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.


2017 Class Stats

  • Class size 502
  • Acceptance rate 24.2%
  • Yield rate 39.8%
  • Enrolled through Early Decision 49.8%
  • Enrolled through Regular Decision 50.2%

Financial Aid

  • 2013–14 total grant budget $30,637,891
  • Portion of the Class of 2017 receiving Bates grants 48%
  • Class of 2017 average grant $38,387

Geographic

  • Middle Atlantic 22%
  • Midwest 8%
  • New England 43.1%
  • Southeast 5.4%
  • Southwest and West 14.2%
  • International 7.3%

Demographic

  • Male 54%
  • Female 46%
  • U.S. students of color 25.4%
  • First generation to college 14%

Education

  • Public high school 58%
  • Independent high school 42%
  • Average weighted GPA 3.80
    • Don’t worry — If your school does not weight advanced or AP courses, we will.

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 63.3%
  • Average scores for students who submitted tests:
    • SAT Critical Reading 675
    • SAT Math 677
    • SAT Writing 676
    • ACT Composite 31
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