Explore Bates

The Basics

Explore all that Bates has to offer, wherever and whenever you want. Meander campus through our virtual tour, and then dive into the gritty details of academics, campus life, our hometown and state, and much more!

Our Faculty

Bright, driven, and among the top minds in their scholarly fields, our faculty members have chosen to work at a place that, with a 10:1 student-faculty ratio, lets them cultivate genuine relationships with their students.

Accessible Faculty

Your professors will mentor you in class, advise you on your course selections, and help you ruthlessly edit your senior thesis capstone projects.

100%of tenured faculty possess the highest degree in their field
20average class size
10:1student-faculty ratio

Our Community

The twin cities of Lewiston and Auburn, with the Androscoggin River running between them, are mill towns reborn.

Locals call the area L/A. It’s full of hard-working, independent-minded people who are building meaningful, interesting lives for themselves.

38languages spoken at the local high school
60Kcombined population of Lewiston/Auburn
50%of Bates students take community-engaged courses
90community-engaged internships, research projects, or independent studies take place each year
42Khours of academically driven community-engaged work completed by students each year
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Bates has been a top producer of Fulbright awards for a decade, including first place in two of the three years before the pandemic.

Our Planet

At Bates, care for each other also means care for our environment.


Bates becomes carbon neutral
6student clubs focused on conservation and sustainability
$10KGreen Innovation Grants awarded each year for campus sustainability projects
1stBates’ worldwide energy ranking from the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education in 2022
1Annual Trashion Show, where students model garments made from recycled and thrown-away materials
2030Bates’ goal to become climate positive
1Father of the modern environmental movements in the U.S.: Senator & Secretary of State Ed Muskie ’36

Our Athletes

Bates is a proud charter member of NESCAC (the New England Small College Athletic Conference).

31varsity teams
13club teams
23NCAA champions
83All-American Awards in 2018-2019
40%of students participate in at least one varsity sport
According to a national Gallup-Bates survey, college graduates with high purpose in work are 10 times more likely to have high overall well-being, but less than half find purposeful work.
The Bates Center for Purposeful Work is dedicated to helping you align who you are with what you do.

Our Artists

Every year you’ll find hundreds of opportunities to express yourself — and be inspired — whether you major in dance or physics.

60theater and dance productions
16large-scale exhibitions
14music and voice ensembles
3high profile literary readings
1internationally celebrated dance festival