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.


2018 Class Stats

  • Class size 497
  • Acceptance rate 25.4%
  • Yield rate 38.8%
  • Enrolled through Early Decision 48.8%
  • Enrolled through Regular Decision 51.2%

Financial Aid

  • 2014–15 total grant budget $33,208,592
  • Portion of the Class of 2018 receiving Bates grants 42%
  • Class of 2018 average grant $37,396

Geographic

  • Middle Atlantic 22.3%
  • Midwest 5.4%
  • New England 45.8%
  • Southeast 7.2%
  • Southwest and West 11.5%
  • International 7.8%

Demographic

  • Male 48%
  • Female 52%
  • U.S. students of color 21%
  • First generation to college 10%

Education

  • Public high school 56%
  • Independent high school 44%
  • Student in the top 10% of their graduating class (who submitted class rank) 69%

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 66.6%
  • Average scores for students who submitted tests:
    • SAT Critical Reading 679
    • SAT Math 680
    • SAT Writing 684
    • ACT Composite 31