High School/Hometown: Briarwood School; Houston, TX
Majors/Minors/GECs: Biology (Major), Education (Minor), Field Studies of Natural Sciences (GEC)
Activities/Involvement: ARC Peer Assisted Learning Leader, Helicase Biology Club, Chase Hall Programming Board, Teacher Aid in Lewiston
Why did you choose Bates?: I fell in love with Bates when I visited for the fall open house. Although the campus was beautiful, it was the students that attracted me. Everyone I talked to was excited to answer my questions and they all seemed so kind and accepting. With the positive atmosphere the students and professors provided, I knew I could pursue my academic goals in Bates’s collaborative educational environment.
School/Hometown: The Lawrenceville School; Brooklyn, NY
Majors/Minors/GECs: Math (Major), Asian Studies & Religious Studies (Double Minor)
Activities/Involvement: Track and Field, Resident Coordinator Team Leader, Math and Statistics Workshop Tutor
Why did you choose Bates?: When I came for my overnight, everyone was so welcoming and nice that I didn’t feel out of place for even a second. I knew I didn’t need to make any more visits because Bates was the school for me.
School/Hometown: Central Bucks High School East; Doylestown, PA
Majors/Minors/GECs: Neuroscience (Major), The Human Body & Sound (Double GEC)
Activities/Involvement: Swim Team, Crosstones (President), English teacher at Refugee Center
Why did you choose Bates?: I chose Bates not only because of the people that I met during the college process, but also because of how Bates students engage with the greater Lewiston and Auburn communities. During my overnight, I immediately felt a strong sense of community among students and professors alike, and I was astounded to learn about all the opportunities to get off campus and make an impact in Lewiston. I realized that Bates students are curious, passionate, and civically engaged, and I was so excited to join a group of such interesting people.
School/Hometown: Groton School; Groton, MA
Majors/Minors/GECs: French and Francophone Studies and Politics (Double Major), Considering Africa (GEC)
Activities/Involvement: Rowing Team (Captain), Manic Optimists, Student Advisory Committee, Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project volunteer translator
Why did you choose Bates?: I chose Bates because of the people I met on my overnight with the rowing team. Throughout my 24 hrs on campus, I met people who were excited about their academics, but also people who were kind and compassionate and took time out of their day to get to know a senior in high school who was simply visiting. I was also intrigued by the senior thesis project, and drawn to the idea of completing a Bates education by writing a final, intense piece of academic work while working closely with an academic adviser.
School/Hometown: Leavitt Area High School; Turner, ME
Majors/Minors/GECs: Politics (Major), Rhetoric (Minor), Film and Media Studies (GEC)
Activities/Involvement: Maine People’s Alliance, Rhetoric Teaching Assistant, Lewiston Middle School volunteer
Why did you choose Bates?: Bates is a community of genuine and curious people. I knew Bates was the best place for me from the passion that I felt every time I stepped foot on campus.
High School/Hometown: Manhattan High School; Manhattan, KS
Majors/Minors/GECs: Mathematics (Major), Asian Studies (Minor), Theater Arts (GEC)
Activities/Involvement: Crosstones (President), Math and Statistics Workshop Tutor, Theater Department Electrician and Carpenter, Robinson Players, Theater & Dance
Why did you choose Bates?: The biggest thing about Bates that stood out to me was the authenticity of the students! I saw students doing what they loved, what they were truly passionate about, and that really resonated with me.
School/Hometown: San Francisco University High School; San Francisco, CA
Majors/Minors/GECs: Biochemistry (Major), Physics (Minor), Public Health (GEC)
Activities/Involvement: Chemistry Teaching Assistant, Lewiston High School volunteer
Why did you choose Bates?: I fell in love with Bates on a rainy day in October – campus was in the middle of midterms and yet every student I met still had a smile on their face.The constant positive energy of the students makes campus a wonderful place to be each day!
School/Hometown: Ellsworth High School; Ellsworth, ME
Majors/Minors/GECs: Psychology (Major), Theater (Minor), The Human Body (GEC)
Activities/Involvement: Residence Coordinator Team Leader, Statistics Teaching Assistant, Robinson Players
Why did you choose Bates?: I chose Bates because of the genuinely nice people I met on campus when I visited as a prospective student.
School/Hometown: Kent School; Aomori, Japan
Majors/Minors/GECs: Neuroscience (Major), Education (Minor)
Activities/Involvement: Rowing, Residencial Life Staff, Bates Christian Fellowship, 2.B.E.A.T.S
Why did you choose Bates?: Lewiston is very unique and not like many other college towns. It reminds students that there is a world and a community outside of the college bubble, and that experience can be only gained through attending Bates. I knew that if I attend this college, I would become not just a better student, but also a more socially aware and engaged person.
School/Hometown: Wilmington Friend’s School; Wilmington, DE
Majors/Minors/GECs: European Studies (Major), Spanish & Religious Studies (Double Minor)
Activities/Involvement: Volleyball, Bollywood Dance, She’s The First
Why did you choose Bates?: I chose Bates because of the welcoming community where I immediately felt at home, as well as the amazing study abroad opportunities.
School/Hometown: St. Paul’s School; Monkton, MD
Majors/Minors/GECs: Japanese & Politics (Double Major), Globalization (GEC)
Activities/Involvement: Bates Men’s Club Ice Hockey Team (Captain), Bobcat Ventures Leader
Why did you choose Bates?: In high school, I had an opportunity to speak with Bates alumni and a current student at my school. Afterwards, I decided I would choose Bates because of the quality of people. When I think about why I love Bates, my first thoughts are the people I’ve had the privilege to interact with and learn from.
School/Hometown: Emma Willard School; Delmar, NY
Majors/Minors/GECs: English & Studio Arts (Double Major), Race and Identity (GEC)
Activities/Involvement: Outing Club, AESOP Coordinator, Post & Print employee, Feminist Collective, Bates Arts Society, Junior Adviser
Why did you choose Bates?: I chose Bates because of the people! I sat in on an English class here as a senior in high school, and was blown away by how friendly, engaged, and respectful the students were. The people are still the reason I love it as a senior!
School/Hometown: Pomfret School; Tampa, FL & Ghana
Majors/Minors/GECs: Rhetoric & French and Francophone Studies (Double Major)
Activities/Involvement: Africana Club (President), Adult Learning Tutor, Lewiston Middle School Volunteer
Why did you choose Bates?: I chose Bates because of the warm and friendly community. I remember walking around campus for the first time and being smiled at by professors and greeted by students and friendly staff members. Soon after, Bates became my first choice, and I decided to apply Early Decision.
School/Hometown: East Chapel Hill High School; Chapel Hill, NC
Majors/Minors/GECs: Politics (Major), Spanish & Mathematics (Double Minor)
Activities/Involvement: ARC Peer Educator, Dinner Table Facilitator, Trustees’ Advisory Committee, Bates Fund Stewardship Intern, Bates Builds
Why did you choose Bates?: I was attracted to Bates for its rigorous academics, friendly students, and small class sizes. When I met Bates’ students as a prospective student, they seemed hungry for knowledge and desired to further their learning beyond the walls of the classroom through community engagement and study abroad.
School/Hometown: Bishop Guertin; Tyngsborough, MA
Majors/Minors/GECs: Politics (Major), Spanish & History (Double Minor)
Activities/Involvement: Cross Country, Track, Chair of Budget & Clubs Board, Post & Print Employee
Why did you choose Bates?: I chose Bates for its Purposeful Work initiative and its highly driven student atmosphere!
School/Hometown: Montville Township High School; Montville, NJ
Majors/Minors/GECs: Rhetoric (Major), Spanish & Latin American Studies (Double Minor)
Activities/Involvement: Robinson Players (Artistic Director), Spanish Peer Writing and Speaking Assistant, Theater & Dance
Why did you choose Bates?: I chose Bates because of the passion that I could feel on campus. Everybody is so excited about the things they’re involved in!
School/Hometown: American School of Sao Paulo; Tarrytown, NY
Majors/Minors/GECs: History & European Studies (Double Major), Chinese Society and Culture (GEC)
Activities/Involvement: Academic Resource Commons, Radio Show on WRBC
Why did you choose Bates?: I chose Bates because of how friendly people were. Having not known my way around campus during Admitted Students Day, I was amazed at how many students came up to me, introduced themselves, and asked if I needed directions to wherever I was going.
School/Hometown: Milton High School; Milton, MA
Majors/Minors/GECs: History & Psychology (Double Major)
Activities/Involvement: Rowing (community liaison), Student Director of Orientation
Why did you choose Bates?: After touring many schools that all blurred together in my mind, Bates stood out for the amazing people I met while there and the sense of comfort and belonging that I had when I was on campus.