Student Profile

The Bates Mission

Since 1855, Bates College has been dedicated to the emancipating potential of the liberal arts. Bates educates the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. With ardor and devotion — Amore ac Studio — we engage the transformative power of our differences, cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action. Preparing leaders sustained by a love of learning and a commitment to responsible stewardship of the wider world, Bates is a college for coming times.


2023 Class Stats*

  • Class size 501
  • Admission rate 12.1%
  • Yield rate 47.4%

Financial Aid

  • Class of 2023 total grant aid $9.6 million
  • Portion of the Class of 2023 receiving Bates grant aid 41%
  • Portion of the Class of 2023 receiving Pell Grants 10%
  • Class of 2023 average grant $47,051

Geographic

  • Middle Atlantic 25%
  • Midwest 5%
  • New England 39%
  • Southeast 5%
  • Southwest and West 16%
  • Outside of the U.S. 10%

Demographics

  • Female 54%
  • Male 46%
  • U.S. students of color 28%
  • First generation to college 12%
  • Non-U.S. citizens 8%

Education

  • Public high school 50%
  • Independent high school 50%
  • Average GPA 3.73

Testing

Bates has been a national leader in the test-optional movement for three decades. In October 1984, the Bates faculty voted to make standardized testing optional for admission.

  • For those who submitted testing, the middle 50% had score ranges of:
    • SAT Evidence Based Reading and Writing 660-740
    • SAT Math 680-770
    • ACT Composite 31-33

*Statistics are accurate as of 8/1/2019