Bates College Visit


Josh Kuckens

Overview of Bates College Campus.

Matthew Williams, Admissions Counselor and Michigan Representative for Bates College, feels that the best thing about Bates is the students. “I love the students,” he said. “My favorite part is walking around and just seeing people smile at me… or walking into the dining hall and being able to sit down with students I don’t know and just talking about their experience.”

Williams thinks it is the community at Bates that makes it a unique place. Everyone was warm, welcoming and very considerate when he first arrived on campus. “I was offered the job and had four days to get there with no apartment, no furniture, no nothing,” he said, “and, in four days, they got me an apartment, flew me out there, and when I walked into my office they had couches, they had tables, they had dishes and a blow up mattress for me to sleep on.” The people at Bates made him feel comfortable and a part of the college from the beginning.

Bates is a test optional school and according to Williams, it makes no difference to the Admissions Committee whether you submit test scores or not. “For our accepted students,” he said, “it is split 50-50 and so 50 percent of our students submit SAT or ACT scores and 50 percent don’t. We are not going to judge you and we’re not going to question why you didn’t submit them.”

Bates College, located in Lewiston Maine, visited Community High School on Oct. 14, 2016.

Programs Offered:

36 majors

25 minors


$66,550 (includes room, board, fees, and books)

Total Enrolled:

2,000 students

Acceptance Rate:

22.6 percent

Student to Faculty Ratio:



Test Optional School

SAT Critical Reading: 681

SAT Math: 684

SAT Writing: 678

ACT: 31

Type of School:

Private Liberal Arts



Financial Aid:

Gives over $32 million per year to about 50 percent of students

Other Information:

  • Mascot: Bobcat
  • Colors: Black and Garnet
  • Conference: New England Small College Athletic Conference