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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 and diving, tennis, track and field and volleyball. Nicknamed the Bobcats, the teams compete in the NCAA Division III in the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

Profile of Bates College

Bates is found in Lewiston, ME. Lewiston is a small city. The school is a private, not-for-profit institution. Students can earn degrees up to and including the Bachelor's degree at Bates.

Course Topics

The school has a greater breadth of degree programs (majors) than most colleges of its size. Bates is known for its programs in mathematics, science, art studies, liberal arts, and conservation and resource management.

Bates Selectivity

Admission to the school is not automatic; not everyone who applies gets in. Hats off to the 30% of those who apply who get accepted.


The school maintains a faculty/student ratio (full-time) which is better than most colleges. Bates has a tenure system for senior faculty. The full-time faculty at the school is well-paid, which often goes with faculty quality.

Student Enrolment

Students numbered 1, 660 in 2007 at Bates.

Student Life

The school has a residential or campus feel. Bates offers dorm rooms to a higher percentage of its students than do most colleges. The school offers students meal plans. Bates values student athletics, and belongs to the New England Small College Athletic Conference.

Bates Programs and Degrees
General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors
Liberal Arts246political science, economics, English, history, sociology, speech and rhetoric, anthropology, interdisciplinary studies, . . .
Science78biology, biochemistry, physics, geology, chemistry
Therapy and Counselling51psychology
Religion and Philosophy24philosophy, religion
Art Studies20art studies
Conservation and Resource Management15environmental studies
Drama and Performing Arts2drama

Contact: Bates

Bates College

2 andrews Road 2 Lane Hall

Lewiston, ME 04240

General Phone: (207) 786-6255


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