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.

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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 Studies (M)
Anthropology (M, m)
Art & Visual Culture (M)
Asian Studies (m)
Biochemistry (M)
Biology (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)
Economics (M)

Educational Studies (m)
English (M)
Environmental Studies (M)
European Studies (M)
French & Francophone Studies (M, m)
Gender & Sexuality Studies (M, m)
German (M, m)
Greek (m)
Hispanic Studies (M, m)
History (M, m)
Interdisciplinary Studies (M)
Japanese (M, m)
Latin (m)

Latin American & Latinx Studies (M)
Mathematics (M, m)
Music (M, m)
Neuroscience (M)
Philosophy (M, m)
Physics (M, m)
Politics (M)
Psychology (M)
Religious Studies (M, m)
Rhetoric, Film,
& Screen Studies (M, m)
Russian (m)
Sociology (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 Columbia University, Dartmouth College, and Washington University in St. Louis.

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A Bates education is open-hearted.

We know that college isn’t just about developing your intellectual side. It’s also a time to find the people you can lean on so that you can thoughtfully and authentically test your limits.

Class of 2027 Enrollment Profile

Admission rate 13%
Class size 509


Female-identified 48%
Male-identified 52%
U.S. students of color 28%
First generation to college 12%
Non-U.S. citizens 11%


Public/charter high school 47%
Independent/private high school 53%

Financial Aid

% of class receiving Bates grant aid 39%
% of class receiving Pell Grants 11%
Average Need-Based Grant $58,413


Test optional since 1984
For those who submitted testing, the middle 50% had score ranges of:
SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing 700-740
SAT Math 690-760
ACT Composite 32-34

Home Geography

Middle Atlantic 22%
Midwest 7%
New England 36%
Southeast 6%
Southwest and West 17%
Outside the U.S.12%

Statistics are accurate as of 8/01/2023

A Bates education is open-ended.

You’ll never feel like you’re just on a treadmill working toward a diploma. You’ll be too busy making connections across academic fields, job-shadowing alumni, learning in the community, and doing graduate-level research that you really, really care about.

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

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We awarded $40 MILLION+ in grants last year.

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When you study abroad, your aid travels with you.

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Average federal student loan debt for the Class of 2022 was $13,531 — less than half the national average.

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The average need-based grant for last year’s enrolled class was $58,413.

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