Campus Spotlight: Bates College

Bates College is considered one of the best liberal arts colleges in the country. It's earned this stature by maintaining an intimate atmosphere of students and faculty on a campus where you'll feel like part of a genuine community.

Bates College

A Close Campus

Bates is located in the town of Lewiston, Maine, midway between Portland and Augusta. Most of the approximately 1,700 students live on the 109-acre campus. Both the small scale of the student body and the emphasis on campus-based housing help establish the tightly knit community at Bates.

Also, while Lewiston is one of the largest cities in Maine, it doesn't have the fast pace of a larger metropolitan area. With little in the way of immediate distractions, students naturally gravitate towards each other. There are over 110 student-led organizations, including the highly popular Outing Club. Whether you're a member of that club or not, you can use its generous supply of ski equipment, tents, toboggans and more.

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A Focus on Academics

Bates isn't the place to go if you want to sit in the back of a class and not be noticed. Instead, it's a thriving academic community in which you'll likely develop strong relationships with your teachers and classmates. In many ways, it's the small size at Bates that helps establish the academic rigor of the institution. The average class size is 20 and the student-to-faculty ratio is 10:1. All classes are taught by one of the 215 faculty members.

Building the Community

Bates has focused on rigorous admissions procedures, which are necessary to build such a small but vibrant community. And while Bates is still considered highly selective, it has abandoned one of the tools designed to make the jobs of admissions staff easier. Beginning in 1984, the college stopped requiring the submission of SAT scores for all applicants.

While supporters of the SAT thought such a move would hurt the school, the opposite has been true. Since 1984, the application pool has grown more diverse in terms of race, ethnicity and country of origin. Also, the GPA of those who submit and don't submit scores is virtually the same. Ultimately, abandoning the SAT has allowed Bates to remain fiercely competitive while broadening its applicant pool.

Bates is often closely linked with Maine's two other prestigious liberal arts colleges, Bowdoin College and Colby College.

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