Since its founding by abolitionists in 1855, Bates College has been dedicated to the emancipating potential of the liberal arts and sciences. 

The first co-educational college in New England, Bates educates the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community.

The campus in Lewiston (Maine’s second-largest metropolitan area) is the perfect site for engaged learning in a vibrant, dynamic, and accessible community. With ardor and devotion, 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.

Basic details

  • Region: Northeast
  • Location: Lewiston, Maine
  • Campus setting: Urban
  • Type of institution: Private; Liberal Arts College 

Admissions information and areas of study offered

  • Percentage of students admitted: 13%
  • Average ACT range: 33-34
  • Average SAT range: 710-740 (EBRW); 730-770 (Math)
  • Test optional? Yes
  • Common Application accepted? Yes
  • Areas of study offered include: Accounting/Finance, Anthropology, Archaeology, Art History, Arts, Astronomy, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Creative Writing, Dance, Drama/Theatre Arts, Economics, Education, English, Environmental Sciences, Film/Cinema Studies, Gender Studies, Geography, History, Humanities, Languages, Liberal Arts, Literature, Mathematics, Music, Neuroscience, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Health, Sociology
  • Full list of majors available


  • International students are eligible for: Need-based financial aid
  • Additional financial aid information: Need-aware, full need: We have a need-aware admission policy, but we meet the full demonstrated financial need of admitted students
  • Estimated yearly cost (including tuition, board, room and student fees): $71,000


  • Athletic association for the majority of sports: NCAA - Division III
  • Varsity sports: Men's American Football; Men's Athletics / Track and Field; Women's Athletics / Track and Field; Men's Baseball; Women's Softball; Men's Basketball; Women's Basketball; Men's Cross Country; Women's Cross Country; Women's Field Hockey; Women's Football / Soccer; Men's Football / Soccer; Men's Golf; Women's Golf; Men's Lacrosse; Women's Lacrosse; Men's Rowing; Women's Rowing; Men's Skiing; Women's Skiing; Men's Swimming and Diving; Women's Swimming and Diving; Men's Tennis; Women's Tennis; Women's Volleyball

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