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Bates College

Lewiston, ME


  • Type
    4-year • Private
  • Campus Life
    Small • Urban
  • Average Per Year After Aid
  • SAT Range
  • Graduation Rate

Bates College is a small, 4-year, private liberal arts college. This coed college is located in a large town in an urban setting and is primarily a residential campus. It offers bachelor's degrees.

From the Institution

When Bates opened in 1855, it was New England's first co-ed college. Since then, we have admitted students no matter their nationality, race, religion, sex, or socio-economic status. While this openness was at the core of our founding identity and principles, it has been tested throughout time and requires us to constantly reflect upon and recommit to our mission. Our holistic admission and need-based financial aid practices and policies are mission-driven, as well. They're grounded in our respect for where you're coming from, what opportunities you've had, and what you've done with those opportunities. We have a long history of holistic admissions, and Bates will celebrate 40 years of being test-optional in 2024. That means admission decisions are based on the whole picture of who you are - not just your SAT or ACT score. Our founders knew that making this type of education open to as many people as possible would lead to future leaders, thinkers, and problem-solvers who could take on the defining issues of their generations. Graduates leave Bates willing and equipped to critique the world (and the institution itself). We believe this is the right way to educate. That doesn't mean building an inclusive culture is a simple task. Like other colleges and universities, Bates continues to grapple with the long-lasting effects of inequity in America and within our own institution. While we're making progress, we know that this is a far-reaching and complex process not of days, but decades. We invite you to join us.

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Application Types Accepted
  • Coalition Application
  • Common Application
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Available to all qualified students. Visit the college website for details.

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Important Dates

Dates are subject to change so confirm important deadlines by visiting the college’s website.

January 10
Regular Application Due
January 10
Financial Aid Application Due

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