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Bates College

Bates has always stood firmly for the ideals of academic excellence, intellectual curiosity, egalitarianism, social justice and freedom. 

Bachelor's programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (1)
Social Sciences (1)



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. 


Since 1855, Bates College has been dedicated to the emancipating potential of the liberal arts. Bates educates the whole person through creative and rigorous scholarship in a collaborative residential community. With ardor and devotion — Amore ac Studio — we engage the transformative power of our differences, cultivating intellectual discovery and informed civic action. Preparing leaders sustained by a love of learning and a commitment to responsible stewardship of the wider world, Bates is a college for coming times.


Primary Functions:

  • Produce publicly accessible statistical summaries of the College
  • Provide data to the government, external agencies, and internal constituencies
  • Support efforts related to programmatic and institutional assessment
  • Organize, administer, and report on population surveys


The Bates Career Development Center (BCDC) partners with you to discover your passions and align them with careers that inspire.

Global Student Satisfaction Awards 2019

GSSA 2019

The Global Student Satisfaction Awards empower students across the globe to determine the best universities of 2019. By rating institutions on a scale from 1 to 5, on multiple studies-related questions, we found the top educators in the world.

Learn more about the Global Student Satisfaction Awards


Student services

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. 

Housing services

The Office of Campus Life provides services and support to students and student organizations planning programs and events.

Library services

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.

ICT services

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 Life

Campus life

Located in Lewiston, Maine, Bates is internationally recognized as a leading liberal arts college. We are proud to offer a highly personalized education that centers on deep and sustained interactions among students, faculty, and community. We are engaging the forces — intellectual trends, demographic changes, and technology — that are transforming higher education and the world into which our students graduate.

Sports facilities

A list of Bates College's athletic facilities is below. Facilities are listed in alphabetical order.

  • Alumni Gymnasium (basketball, volleyball)
  • Bates Squash Center
  • Campus Avenue Field (field hockey)
  • Clifton Daggett Gray Athletic Building
  • Davis Fitness Center
  • Garcelon Field (football, lacrosse)
  • Lafayette Street Field (softball)
  • Leahey Baseball Field
  • Merrill Gymnasium (track and field, tennis)
  • Rowing Boathouse
  • Russell Street Track and Field (soccer, outdoor track and field)
  • Tarbell Pool (swimming and diving)
  • Underhill Arena (club ice hockey) 
  • Wallach Tennis Center

Student clubs

  • Aerodynamics and Energy Club 
  • Astronomy Club
  • Bates Classics Society
  • Chinese Language and Culture Club
  • Club Med
  • Education Club
  • Francophone Club 
  • German Club (Der Deutsche Klub) 
  • Helicase Biology Club 


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.

Lewiston, Maine, United States


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