Campus Life

We are a community of passionately curious, unapologetically smart, stubbornly modest people in a joyful search for what’s next. And we recognize that some of that searching takes place outside of the classroom. From extensive community engagement to a vibrant arts scene to strong athletics to a multitude of clubs, Bates students aren’t just sitting around. They’re living.

See what’s happening today at Bates

Community Engagement

Civic engagement is one of our core values. Our Harward Center for Community Partnerships leads Bates’ efforts in community-based education, and gives you the opportunity to spearhead programs that meet community needs, promote active citizenship, and enhance your own Bates education.

How will you impact the world?

The Arts

The arts provide some of our most rewarding terrains for imagination, experimentation, and intelligence. From dance to music to art, from practicing to teaching, showcasing to observing (both at Bates and beyond), the Bates arts scene is vibrant and prolific.

Discover the arts at Bates


31 Division III teams play in the NESCAC, one of the nation’s most competitive college athletic conferences (we’re Division I in Squash, Nordic Skiing, and Alpine Skiing). Not sure if you want to play at the varsity level? No problem! About 60 percent of our students are involved in club and intramural sports.

Be a Bobcat

Clubs + Organizations

Bates’ student groups fully exemplify our multiplicity. With more than 90 officially recognized groups, we represent a broad range of interests from a nationally ranked debate team to a group of students in search of the perfect wave. A bonus: it only takes two people to start your own club or organization!

Explore our clubs & organizations



Like the idea of laser tag in the library? So do we.

Check out Late at Bates, as well as our other signature social events


Housing options at Bates range from small and cozy to big and gregarious. We’re not into conformity: each residence has its own personality and flavor. On-campus housing is guaranteed for all four years.

Find your next home


At Bates, our commitment to inclusivity means that we have ONE dining hall (Commons), where fresh and healthy is the name of the game. Thanks to our outstanding Dining team, Batesies get some of the best food out there – look no further than our famous cereal wall and our wildly popular vegan bar!

Check out what’s on the menu today

Campus Safety

Bates is committed to providing a safe and secure environment for everyone on campus. Our service-oriented Department of Campus Safety runs 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Our team of full-time Security Officers patrol the campus on foot, bicycles, cars, and sometimes, golf carts. We also offer a shuttle program 7 nights a week until 3am, a campus-wide notification system, and over 140 security (blue light phones) on campus.

Learn more about Campus Safety


As part of our commitment to responsible stewardship of the wider world, we take sustainability pretty seriously. From constructing energy efficient buildings to serving local options in the dining hall, being green is in every decision we make at Bates. In fact, Bates is one of the few carbon neutral colleges in the country.

Dig into sustainability at Bates


Your success matters, which is why we pair our students with an academic and a student support advisor at Bates. Whatever your background, we have resources for you – and don’t forget! We’re all family here, so count your friends, staff, and faculty among the many who are there to guide you.

Learn more about advising & support

Our town and state!

We’re convinced that we have the best of all worlds here at Bates. Our central location in stunning Maine means phenomenal access to Maine’s famed coastline and mountains, as well as the dynamic city of Portland. Bates is nestled in Maine’s second largest city, Lewiston (pop. 36,000), with our sister city Auburn just across the gorgeous Androscoggin River. We love Lewiston for many things, including its vibrant French Canadian culture, rich industrial and social history, and funky restaurant scene.

Explore Lewiston/Auburn