Bates College Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate, and More

Bates College Quad
Bates College Quad. reivax / Flickr

With an acceptance rate of 23 percent, Bates College is highly selective and admitted applicants usually have grades well above average. Bates College uses the Common Application. Students can fill this application out online and submit it to any school that uses it, saving time and energy. In addition, students applying to Bates must send the school letters of recommendation, a high school transcript, and a supplemental essay. Test scores are optional, as are art or performance portfolios for those interested in pursuing a major in the arts. 

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Admissions Data (2016)

Bates College Description

Bates College typically ranks among the top 25 liberal arts colleges in the country. The college has an impressive 10 to 1 student/faculty ratio, and two-thirds of students participate in study abroad. An equal number eventually go on to graduate school. Students can expect a lot of interaction between students and faculty for the college places emphasis on seminar classes, research, service-learning, and senior thesis work. The college was awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa for its strengths in the liberal arts and sciences. Located in Lewiston, Maine, Bates was founded in 1855 by Maine abolitionists.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 1,780 (all undergraduate)
  • Gender Breakdown: 49% Male / 51% Female
  • 100% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $50,310
  • Books: $800 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $14,190
  • Other Expenses: $1,250
  • Total Cost: $66,550

Bates College Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 50%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 42%
    • Loans: 25%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $40,535
    • Loans: $8,298

Academic Programs

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 95%
  • Transfer-out Rate: 10%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 84%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 88%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Track and Field, Soccer, Swimming, Rowing, Lacrosse, Skiing, Squash, Tennis, Basketball, Baseball, Golf
  • Women's Sports: Soccer, Squash, Basketball, Field Hockey, Rowing, Volleyball, Tennis, Cross Country, Track and Field

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Bates and the Common Application

Bates College uses the Common Application. These articles can help guide you: