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.


2019 Class Stats

  • Class size 517
  • Acceptance rate 21.6%
  • Yield rate 41%
  • Enrolled through Early Decision 51.8%
  • Enrolled through Regular Decision 48.2%

Financial Aid

  • 2015–16 total grant budget $33 million
  • Portion of the Class of 2019 receiving Bates grants 42%
  • Class of 2019 average grant $40,378

Geographic

  • Middle Atlantic 24%
  • Midwest 6%
  • New England 42%
  • Southeast 5%
  • Southwest and West 14%
  • International 9%

Demographic

  • Male 49%
  • Female 51%
  • U.S. students of color 22%
  • First generation to college 12%

Education

  • Public high school 49%
  • Independent high school 51%
  • Students in the top 10% of their graduating class (who submitted class rank) 72.3%

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 54.2%
  • Average scores for students who submitted tests:
    • SAT Critical Reading 690
    • SAT Math 686
    • SAT Writing 689
    • ACT Composite 31