Enrollment 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.


Class of 2026 Enrollment Profile*

  • Class size 520
  • Admission rate 13.7%
  • Yield rate 46.1%

Financial Aid

  • Total grant aid $12.4 million
  • Portion of the class receiving Bates grant aid 44%
  • Portion of the class receiving Pell Grants 13%
  • Average grant $55,504

Home Geography

  • Middle Atlantic 24%
  • Midwest 7%
  • New England 33%
  • Southeast 5%
  • Southwest and West 21%
  • Outside of the U.S. 10%

Demographics

  • Female-identified 54%
  • Male-identified 46%
  • U.S. students of color 29%
  • First generation to college 12%
  • Non-U.S. citizens 10%

Education

  • Public/charter high school 54%
  • Independent/private high school 46%

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 710-740
    • SAT Math 650-710
    • ACT Composite 33-34

*Statistics are accurate as of 8/5/2022