A Legacy of Inclusion

Educating for the Global Century

Bates is recognized for its inclusive social character and progressive tradition. The College is rightly celebrated as one of the first U.S. institutions of higher learning to admit women and people of color.

Since its founding in 1855 by Maine abolitionists, Bates has welcomed men and women from diverse racial, ethnic, religious, and economic backgrounds.

In the 21st century, we value a diverse student body more than ever. Bates aspires to be a community in which students recognize and learn from their differences, and the College provides the support, resources, and guidance for sometimes uncomfortable and often productive conversations across cultural boundaries.

Bates strives to recruit, welcome, and support an increasingly diverse and deeply inclusive community that reflects and explores the world as a source of learning and prepares students for full and active participation in a global society.


A Legacy of Inclusive Excellence

Bates College has always been committed to the ideals of academic rigor and intellectual curiosity. Seeking a spectrum of people, perspectives, and disciplines has been a hallmark of the Bates education since its inception.

All activities, resources, and facilities have always been open to all members of the Bates community. Bates does not believe in — and has never allowed on campus and will never allow — organizations that exclude people such as fraternities or sororities.


Mission Statement of Bates College

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.