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Bates College Overview

Bates College is a private not-for-profit institution located in Lewiston, Maine. The surrounding area of the school is a good match for students who enjoy city life.

What Is Bates College Known For?

565 Undergraduate Awards
$54,710 Avg Cost After Aid
22% Acceptance Rate
  • Bates has an impressive student to faculty ratio of 10 to 1.
  • The 1% student loan default rate at Bates is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • The highest award offered at Bates is the bachelor's degree.
  • In 2017-2018, 87% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from Bates makes roughly $59,200 a year. This is 45% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.
  • The average Bates student graduates in 4.0 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.

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Bates College Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Bates.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#3 Most Popular Classical & Ancient Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best History Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#6 Best History Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#36 Best Economics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#40 Best Anthropology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#50 Best Sociology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#59 Best Political Science & Government Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#108 Best Psychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#111 Most Popular Philosophy Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#125 Most Popular Philosophy & Religious Studies Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Bates has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#6 Highest Paid History Graduates College Factual
#6 Highest Paid History Graduates College Factual
#15 Best Colleges for History College Factual
#17 Best Colleges for History College Factual
#43 Highest Paid Social Sciences Graduates College Factual
#60 Best Colleges for Social Sciences College Factual

Where Is Bates College?

Location of Bates College

Contact details for Bates are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 2 Andrews Road, Lewiston, ME 04240
Phone: 207-786-6000

How Do I Get Into Bates?

You can apply to Bates online at:

Admission Requirements for Bates

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations required
SAT or ACT Scores neither required nor recommended
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Bates?

22% Acceptance Rate
51% Of Accepted Are Women
The acceptance rate at Bates is 22%, which means the school is highly selective when deciding who will be admitted and who won't. Even if you have great grades and test scores, that may not be enough. So be sure to look for ways to make your application memorable.

Approximately 49% of accepted students are men and 51% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 25%, and the acceptance rate for women is 20%.

Can I Afford Bates College?

$54,710 Net Price
22% Take Out Loans
1.4% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Bates is $54,710. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At Bates, approximately 22% of students took out student loans averaging $7,046 a year. That adds up to $28,184 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Bates is 1.4%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Bates College Undergraduate Student Diversity

1,820 Full-Time Undergraduates
50% Women
24% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*

Gender Diversity

Of the 1,820 full-time undergraduates at Bates, 50% are male and 50% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Bates

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Bates College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Bates Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 91
Black or African American 101
Hispanic or Latino 139
White 1,222
International Students 150
Other Races/Ethnicities 117

Geographic Diversity

Maine students aren't the only ones who study at Bates College. At this time, 38 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 59 countries are represented at Bates. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, India, and Vietnam.

Bates College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Bachelor’s TOTAL
Political Science & Government 74 74
Economics 63 63
Child Development & Psychology 52 52
General English Literature 36 36
Natural Resources Conservation 33 33
General Biology 29 29
Mathematics 29 29
Sociology 21 21
Fine & Studio Arts 20 20
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 19 19
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 19 19
Writing Studies 19 19
History 18 18
Philosophy 18 18
Classical & Ancient Studies 15 15
Romance Languages 14 14
Physics 14 14
Anthropology 12 12
Ethnic Studies 10 10
East Asian Languages 10 10
Chemistry 8 8
Area Studies 7 7
Religious Studies 5 5
Dance 5 5
Drama & Theater Arts 4 4
General Engineering 3 3
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 3 3
Music 3 3
Germanic Languages 2 2
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0
TOTAL 565 565


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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