The Class of 2015, by the numbers
Enrollment figures will not be final until Oct. 1, but Bates currently anticipates a class of 264 women and 242 men, selected from 5,196 applicants, the largest pool in the college’s history (up 15 percent from the previous year).
The students come from 396 different high schools, 58 percent of them public, in 33 states throughout the U.S. and 21 other countries.
Bates’ commitment to diversity of all kinds is a key value of the college. Twenty-six percent of the incoming students come from traditionally underrepresented populations, an increase of more than 50 percent in the last five years. The class also includes 31 students who are the first in their family to attend college.
Access and affordability are also among Bates’ highest priorities. The college meets 100 percent of calculated financial need for admitted students, and will provide need-based financial assistance to 45.7 percent of the Class of 2015. The average Bates Grant for the incoming class is $37,317.
Total enrollment at Bates this fall is anticipated to be 1,908 — with 1,750 enrolled on campus, 25 studying in Bates programs in France, and 133 in other programs off-campus around the world.