In 2005, Bates celebrated its sesquicentennial, honoring a 150-year history that has, from its very earliest years, been marked by innovation and opportunity, while at the same time valuing deeply the traditions of the liberal arts and sciences, and their critical role in a just and civil society.

Read a brief history of Bates, an overview of Bates’ enduring values, or an in-depth thesis about our progressive tradition. Find out about the Bates greats who represent our best and brightest. Or scan highlights and image galleries from our 150-year history, month by month.