Spring 2013


Hello from Lewiston!  Campus is absolutely beautiful right now, albeit, extremely quiet, a few days after commencement.  For those of you who haven’t had a chance to review the festivities of last week, let me highlight one particularly special piece.  Bates senior, Thomas Holmberg, presented the senior address, and did a really lovely job.  It certainly struck a chord with me and I know it will warm your heart, too.  Enjoy.

Alumni in Admission This Year:

This year, we learned that our Alumni in Admission volunteers form one of the largest such groups in the NESCAC.  Thank you!!  1361 AIA volunteers helped the College attract and enroll an incredibly impressive Bates Class of 2017.  Close to 20% of the students who are enrolling this fall interviewed with one of you.  If you want to check in and see if the students you interviewed were admitted and if they deposited, you can still access this information (until July 1) in Garnet Gateway:

As the good word about Bates continues to spread farther and farther away from Maine and New England, we find the demand for alumni interviews increasing.  This year, our office processed over 1500 requests for alumni interviews.  From Poland, Maine to Shanghai, China; Miami, Florida to Lalitpur, Nepal; growing numbers of prospective students want to learn more about Bates.  Your time, energy and perspective are invaluable as we strive to ensure that our admission process remains personal, even as our application numbers climb.

As always, many AIA volunteers went above and beyond our expectations.  We would like to highlight just a few for their great efforts this year.  The following folks completed four or more alumni interviews for the Class of 2017:

Susan Arnold ’00 (Camden, ME)                              Daisy Fischer ’04 (Lanesboro, MA)

David Landry ’95 (Auburn, ME)                               Caitlin McKitrick ’10 (Norwell, MA)

Cheryl Orr ’84 (La Canada-Flintridge, CA)              Travis Potter ’04 (Los Angeles, CA)

Courtney Ruggiero ’07 (Fairfield, CT)                     Ketevan Vashakidze ’11 (Tbilisi, Georgia)

Bates Class of 2017 Admission Statistics (as of May 13, 2013):

•5,243 first-year applicants – record year and 6.5% increase from previous year
•23.5% overall acceptance rate – most selective in Bates history
•495 first-year students enrolled
•26.5% students of color (n = 127) – RECORD!!
•7% international students (n = 33)
•58% from outside of New England
•3.80 recalculated GPA

Early Decision Activity and Enrollment:

•639 total ED first-year applicants – record year and 36% increase from previous year
•39.7% combined ED acceptance rate
•253 students enrolled through ED (50.6% of the first-year class)

Financial Aid Statistics:

•240 students (48%) are receiving institutional grant aid
•$9.2 million awarded
•Average financial need = $41,912
•Average grant = $38,581

Bates Alumni Legacy Program 2013

The Offices of Admission and Student Financial Services are excited to invite you to our second Alumni Legacy Program event.  This year, the program will be held June 27-28.  We invite you to bring your high school aged family member (child, grandchild, nephew, sister – all are welcome!) to learn more about the college search and application process.  For more information on this wonderful event, explore:

Please note that registration is required (online) by June 12th.

Looking Ahead

The summer months tend to be fairly quiet for AIA volunteers, and we hope that you enjoy some quality time with your families, as we will both be taking a little time away with ours.  We will be back in touch in September to give you the outlook on the Class of 2018, including some useful training updates.  As always, please let us know when any questions arise.

Have a fabulous summer!

Johie and Margaret