The Bates Fund

The Bates Fund, including gifts to Friends of Bates Athletics, is a critical measure of Bobcat pride.

The Bates Fund helps to make up the difference between the comprehensive fee and the actual cost of educating each Bates student. Bates (and nearly all of its peer schools) depends on tuition revenue, endowment spending and annual fund/current-use gifts to cover operating costs.

2016–17 Bates Fund Goals


Immediate Impact

Bates Fund budget-relieving gifts support the fundamental aspects of a Bates education: everything from faculty salaries and curriculum development to athletic team travel and a rich arts culture.

The Bates Fund supports… This year, your gifts will…
Financial aid Provide partial support for the 43 percent of students who receive financial aid. In FY16, the average college-administered grant was $41,172.
Academic excellence Help compensate 200+ top-in-their-field faculty members, allowing Bates to maintain a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio.
Annual library purchases Go toward necessary library staffing, technology and holdings to support 350,000 library visits by students, faculty, and guests.
Student life Support robust Career Development Center offerings and events — such as one-on-one counseling, employer information sessions, internships and workshops on topics ranging from networking to resume building.

Join us!

The Bates Fund has grown by 11.4 percent in the past three years thanks to incredible engagement and generosity from alumni, parents and friends.

To make a gift, go to; call us toll free at 888-522-8371; or send your check payable to Bates College, 2 Andrews Road, Lewiston, ME 04240. The Fund year closes June 30.