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.


2024 Class Stats*

  • Class size 488
  • Admission rate 14.1%
  • Yield rate 45.0%

Financial Aid

  • Class of 2024 total grant aid $8.8 million
  • Portion of the Class of 2024 receiving Bates grant aid 37%
  • Portion of the Class of 2024 receiving Pell Grants 9%
  • Class of 2024 average grant $49,563

Geographic

  • Middle Atlantic 23%
  • Midwest 6%
  • New England 38%
  • Southeast 5%
  • Southwest and West 18%
  • Outside of the U.S. 10%

Demographics

  • Female 53%
  • Male 47%
  • U.S. students of color 27%
  • First generation to college 12%
  • Non-U.S. citizens 9%

Education

  • Public high school 50%
  • Independent high school 50%

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 730-770
    • ACT Composite 33-34

*Statistics are accurate as of 8/1/2020