Bates College

Lewiston, Maine
4-year Private university


Bates College is a private institution established in 1855 with city setting located at Lewiston. It is ranked 24 in National Liberal Arts Colleges in 2024 edition of Best Colleges. It practices 4-4-1-based academic calendar. Approximately 95 percent of students live on campus in either a residence hall or one of Bates’ 25 Victorian homes, which house between 10 and 30 students each. Bates offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees in a number of subjects. The General Education requirement is intended to provide students with a well-rounded education, but students still choose a specialized field of study from more than 30 available majors.

#24 in National Liberal Arts Colleges
Location Lewiston, Maine
Type 4-year Private
Year Founded 1855
Selectivity Very High
Size Small
1,790 Undergraduates


Student-Faculty Ratio
Social Sciences
Most Popular Major

Majors Available

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, And Group Studies
  • Biological And Biomedical Sciences
  • Engineering
  • English Language And Literature/Letters
  • Foreign Languages, Literatures, And Linguistics
  • History
  • Liberal Arts And Sciences, General Studies And Humanities
  • Mathematics And Statistics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Natural Resources And Conservation
  • Philosophy And Religious Studies
  • Physical Sciences
  • Psychology
  • Social Sciences
  • Visual And Performing Arts


Cost of Attendance
Average Student Contribution
Instate Tution Fee $53,794
Outstate Tuition Fee $53,794
Room and Board Fees $17,904
$39,854 Median Salary After 2 years of Graduation


14% (Very High Selectivity) Acceptance Rate
Admission Difficulty: Most Difficult
$60 Application Fee
Application Fee Waiver Available
-- Average High School GPA

Application Requirements

SAT/ACT Optional
SAT/ACT Writing (essay) Recommended
SAT Subject Test Considered
Essay or Personal Statement Required
SAT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range
ACT Score Range
Middle 50% (25% - 75%) scores range

How to Apply?

Accepts CommonApp
Apply College's Own Application Portal
Other Applications Accepted Coalition Application

For International Students

100 Minimum TOEFL Score
TOEFL Requirement: Required
IELTS Other English Language Tests Accepted
(in lieu of TOEFL)
TOEFL Waived if

English is the native language or the primary language of secondary school instruction

Deadlines for Fall Intake Applications
Early Decision Deadline
Early Decision II Deadline
Regular Decision Deadline
Transfer Applications
Transfer Applications Deadline
For Financial Aid
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline
Financial Aid Application Deadline

Scholarships and Financial Aid

$57,582 Average Financial Aid
Need-based Aid available for International Students

Need-based Aid

$52,925 Average Need-based Aid
Cost of Attendance for out-of-state students: $80,440
40% Students with need received Financial Aid
100% Students had their need fully met
Deadline for need-based financial application January 10
Forms to be submitted FAFSA, CSS

Merit Scholarships

Not Available

Other Scholarships

Not Available


1,790 Total Undergraduate Enrollment
School Size: Small
95% Freshmen return to Sophomore Year
88% Students graduate within 6 years