Come as you are.
Life is full of pre-established lanes and rules. But there’s a lot of freedom at Bates. We believe the best way to approach college is to find what makes you tick, and then build the coming years around it.
A Bates education is open-minded.
We’ll help you try things on for size — in the lab or on the basketball court or in the ceramics studio or wherever your interests lead — until you find what fits for you.
Bates students tend to be up for just about anything.
It’s a good thing we have about three dozen majors and two dozen minors to choose from.
Some are liberal-arts classics (history, mathematics, philosophy). Some are STEM-focused (neuroscience, engineering, biochemistry). Many draw from more than one discipline (American cultural studies, environmental studies, biochemistry, gender & sexuality studies).
Some won’t exist until you invent them.
Majors and Minors
M = major
m = minor
Africana (M, m)
American cultural studies (M)
Anthropology (M, m)
Art & visual culture (M)
Asian studies (m)
Chemistry (M, m)
Chinese (M, m)
Classical & medieval studies (M)
Dance (M, m)
Digital & computational studies (m)
Earth & climate sciences (M, m)
East Asian studies (M)
Educational studies (m)
Environmental studies (M)
European studies (M)
French & francophone studies (M, m)
Gender & sexuality studies (M, m)
German (M, m)
Hispanic studies (M, m)
History (M, m)
Interdisciplinary studies (M)
Japanese (M, m)
Latin American studies (M)
Mathematics (M, m)
Music (M, m)
Philosophy (M, m)
Physics (M, m)
Religious studies (M, m)
& screen studies (M, m)
Teacher education (m)
Theater (M, m)
*Engineering students participate in the 3-2 Dual Degree program, completing three years at Bates and two years at one of our partner institutions, including Case Western, Columbia, Dartmouth, RPI, or Washington University.
Class of 2026 Enrollment Profile*
Admission rate 13.7%
Class size 520
U.S. students of color 29%
First generation to college 12%
Non-U.S. citizens 10%
Public/charter high school 54%
Independent/private high school 46%
% of class receiving Bates grant aid: 44%
% of class receiving Pell Grants: 13%
Test optional since 1984
For those who submitted testing, the middle 50% had score ranges of:
SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing: 710-740
SAT Math: 650-710
ACT Composite: 33-34
Middle Atlantic 24%
New England 33%
Southwest and West 21%
Outside the U.S.10%
*Statistics are accurate as of 8/5/22
You belong here. Through it all, you’ll have our support to ask big questions — and you’ll find the courage to push through when there aren’t clear answers.
Financial Aid Fast Facts
We awarded $38 MILLION+ in grants last year
When you study abroad, your aid travels with you
Average federal student loan debt for the class of 2019 was $13,552 — less than half the national average.
The average financial aid package for last year’s admitted class was $47,051
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