Bates College is a private liberal arts college located in Lewiston, Maine
Bates College was founded in 1855 by abolitionists. Bates College is one of the first colleges in the United States to be coeducational from establishment, and is also the oldest continuously operating coeducational institution in New England. Originally a Free Will Baptist institution, Bates is now a nonsectarian institution.
Bates College was ranked 19th in the nation in the 2015 US News & World Report Best Liberal Arts Colleges rankings. The college is listed as one of thirty “Hidden Ivies” and one of the “Little Ivies”. Bates offers 32 departmental and interdisciplinary program majors and 25 secondary concentrations, and confers Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) and Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degrees. The college enrolls approximately 1,800 students, 300 of whom study abroad each semester. The student-faculty ratio is 9-to-1.
Bates is a leader of the SAT optional movement for undergraduate admission. In 1984 it instituted one of the first SAT-optional admissions programs in the nation.
Bates College has been ranked in the top 25 liberal arts schools in U.S. News and World Report for the past 20 years. The Princeton Review named Bates the No. 1 “Best Value College” in the United States in its 2005 ranking.
Bates operates on a 4-4-1 schedule: two semesters and a month-long “Short Term.” Bates offers 35 departmental and interdisciplinary program majors, and 26 secondary concentrations. The most popular majors at Bates are politics, psychology, economics, environmental studies, history, French, and biology. Of all the students graduating in 2013, 15.4% had a double major while 47.2% of students had a secondary concentration (minor). Four students in the Class of 2013 graduated with interdisciplinary-self-designed majors.
All tenured or tenure-track faculty members hold Ph.D.s or other terminal degrees. Bates students work directly with faculty; the student-faculty ratio is 10:1, and faculty members teach all classes.
Every Bates student has an opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty through programs including independent study, senior thesis, and research. Of the seniors of the Class of 2007 97% completed a senior thesis or project. Sixty-three percent of Fall 2007 class sections had nineteen or fewer students.
The Bates College Department of Economics ranked second among liberal arts colleges for the number of times its faculty’s scholarly research is cited by other researchers.