Academic Programs & Opportunities

Bates is committed to the success of every student. The faculty believes that every student is a scholar, and so creates many opportunities for students to hone their skills and conduct their own research. The academic program at Bates is rigorous, but the College has many academic resources designed to support student learning. The links below provide information on research opportunities as well as connections to valuable academic support resources.

Dana Scholars — Highest honor bestowed on selected first-year students.

First Year Experience — The First-Year Experience at Bates is a collection of linked programs and resources intended to support students as they transition to college.

Graduate Fellowships — Prestigious fellowships for graduate study and funding for unique projects are available for ambitious Bates students and alums.

Honors Program — An opportunity for students to do extensive independent study and research in their major fields.

Mount David Summit — Students present research service-learning and creative work in many venues.

Off-campus Study — Find out why so many Bates students study abroad.

Senior Thesis — A significant research, service, performance, or studio project in the final year of study in the major.

Short Term — A variety of educational programs that cannot be offered in the regular semesters

STEM Scholars — STEM Scholars learn to think like scientists, explore what the life of a scientist is like through faculty and alumni guest lectures and co-curricular activities, gain experiences that will help them be competitive candidates for positions as summer researchers and peer mentors, and develop long-term career goals.