Bates was founded in 1855, over 150 years ago, by people who believed strongly in freedom, civil rights, and the importance of a higher education for all who could benefit from it. Bates is devoted to undergraduate education in the arts and science, and commitment to teaching excellence is central to the college’s mission.
A private, highly selective, residential college devoted to undergraduate study in the liberal arts, Bates has always stood firmly for the ideals of academic rigor, intellectual curiosity, egalitarianism, social justice and freedom. Bates is recognized for its inclusive social character and progressive tradition, and is rightly celebrated as one of the first U.S. institutions of higher learning to admit women and people of color.
The Bates Career Development Center (BCDC) partners with you to discover your passions and align them with careers that inspire.
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Our overarching goal in Student Affairs is to support every student for a successful Bates experience, and to help prepare students for rewarding and engaged lives after Bates.
The Office of Campus Life provides services and support to students and student organizations planning programs and events.
Within ILS, the Bates College Library comprises the George and Helen Ladd Library, the Edmund S. Muskie Archives and Special Collections Library, with a growing array of library services on the Web.
The mission of it help desk is to ensure that the technology services offered at the College are working in the most efficient and consistent manner for all employees and students.
Student-led tours are one hour long and depart from the Admission Office. Campus tours are followed by Admission and Financial Aid Information Sessions, which are led by an Admission representative and last one hour. This is a great time to learn more about Bates academics, the college application process, and have your many questions answered. Please note that the venue of the information sessions may change depending on the size of the group.
A list of Bates College's athletic facilities is below. Facilities are listed in alphabetical order.
Since 1929, Bates College has been accredited by the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education (CIHE) of the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). NEASC is one of six regional accrediting associations in the United States and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation as a reliable authority on the quality of education for the institutions it accredits. NEASC currently recognizes a total of 239 institutions as accredited members.