Key Bates Facts

The Basics

Located in Lewiston, Maine, Bates is internationally recognized as a leading liberal arts college. We are proud to offer a highly personalized education that centers on deep and sustained interactions among students, faculty, and community. We are engaging the forces — intellectual trends, demographic changes, and technology — that are transforming higher education and the world into which our students graduate.

2,000 degree-seeking students call Bates home

24% of students are from underrepresented groups

We have a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio

Bates offers 36 majors and 26 minors

50-50 gender balance in the student body

100% of tenured faculty possess the highest degree in their field

Distinctive Features

Bates helps students identify and cultivate their interests and strengths and acquire the knowledge, experiences and relationships necessary to pursue their aspirations with imagination and integrity.

Mount David Summit student presentation

The Mount David Summit is Bates’ annual celebration of student research, creative work, and senior thesis projects.

Ladd intern Zach Polich '15 and TM Capital managing director Brad Adams '92

Purposeful Work at Bates is about helping students align who they are with what they do.

Fulbright top producer

Bates has been a Top Producer of Fulbright Student awards for the last 11 consecutive years including 25 awards in 2019.

Academic calendar: Two semesters + Spring Short Term

Our academic calendar features two semesters and one Short Term, a special period of focused study in the spring.

Student and professor working together in lab

Every senior completes a thesis or a capstone project.

History and Values

Since our founding in 1855, we have welcomed men and women from diverse racial, ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds. We were the first co-educational college in New England, and some of our earliest students were former slaves. We continue to live that promise of inclusiveness.


NCAA Division III Athletics

Bates belongs to the New England Small College Athletic Conference, whose members believe that athletics should operate in harmony with the educational mission of their institutions.

Bates’ Ahmed Abdel Khalek won the College Squash Association men’s 2015 individual national championship.Bates’ women rowers are the 2015 NCAA Division III national champions.

New England Small College Athletic Conference

31 varsity sports

298 All-American Honors since 2011

The 2015 men’s lacrosse team finished the season ranked #12 in the nation among Division III colleges.Since 1992, Bates women have been named All-American 27 times in outdoor track and have won three NCAA championships.The 2014-15 men’s basketball team finished 21-7 and advanced to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA Division III national championship tournament.



Lewiston is a red-brick post-industrial city of 60,000. With a welcoming fusion culture that includes historic French Canadian and Somali immigrant communities, we are proud to call it our home.