Bates College

Bates College

Bates College was founded by abolitionists in 1855. This independent, non-profit college sits on a 109-acre campus in Lewiston, Maine. Over 1,500 undergraduate students enroll in Bates College every year. In the last 20 years, the institute has consistently been ranked among the top 25 liberal arts colleges in the country by the U.S. News and World Report.

Bates College offers a number of Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees. Students can earn majors and minors in the fields of anthropology, art, education, English, politics, sociology, science, music and literature.

Bates College sponsors athletics teams in baseball, basketball, cross country, field hockey, football, golf, lacrosse, skiing, rowing, soccer, squash, swimming & diving, tennis, track & field and volleyball. Nicknamed the Bobcats, the teams compete in the NCAA Division III in the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

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Contacting Bates

Bates College
2 Andrews Road
Lewiston , ME 04240
General Phone: (207) 786-6000

Bates Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts267American studies, East Asian studies, African-American studies, women's studies, Chinese language, Japanese language, Russian language, German language, French language, ...
Therapy and Counseling55psychology
Science52biology, biochemistry, chemistry, geology, physics
Religion and Philosophy15philosophy, religion
Conservation and Resource Management9environmental studies
Art Studies7art studies
Drama and Performing Arts4drama

Number of programs and degrees for Bates in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree44036

Bates Student Body

In 2007-2008, Bates had a total enrollment of 1,660 students (1,654 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 45%
Women 55%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 81%
Black 3%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 5%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 3%
(Foreign Students) 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 47%
20-21 44%
22-24 8%
25-29 0%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

New York14%
(International Students)7%
New Hampshire7%
New Jersey4%
Rhode Island2%

Bates Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 93 %

Bates Room and Board (2007)

Bates offers campus housing for 1,639 of its 1,654 (full-time) students. Freshmen are required to live on campus.

(Please refer to our profile of Lewiston, Maine for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Maine Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 20 meals per week.

Bates Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)not required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Bates Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
Books and supplies $ 800
Other expenses $ 1,250

Financial Aid:
Bates participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 203600)

Bates Faculty

Bates has a tenure system for faculty.

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*1*
Associate professorcalendar year1*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year2*2*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year39$117,02219$106,547
Associate professoracademic year20$84,14819$78,489
Assistant professoracademic year18$64,08824$64,734
Instructoracademic year4$60,0954$55,000
Lectureracademic year2*0*
All faculty totalacademic year83$94,43966$80,141

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Bates Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football New England Small College Athletic Conference
Basketball New England Small College Athletic Conference
Baseball New England Small College Athletic Conference
Track New England Small College Athletic Conference

Bates Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Studies

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Engineering, General

Liberal Arts
African-American/Black Studies
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Ancient Studies/Civilization
Chinese Language and Literature
East Asian Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Japanese Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Language and Literature
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General


Music, General

Religion And Philosophy
Religion/Religious Studies

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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