Bates College is a small New England liberal arts school with a tight-knit student body. It has about 1,800 undergraduate students, and it boasts a 10:1 student-to-faculty ratio.

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Despite its small size, Bates students can choose from one of the 36 majors and 24 minors available, including economics, politics, theater and dance. The school's academic programs follow a unique structure; there are two traditional semesters, and one short term in the spring. During this period — which lasts for four weeks in May — students can take a single course or focus on a research project. This structure allows students to engage in fieldwork or intensive research (and enjoy the fine spring weather).

Bates College charges a single fee that includes tuition, room and board and school fees. As of the 2024-2025 academic year, the fee is about $85,000. However, Bates does have substantial financial aid available. In fact, about four in 10 undergraduate students receive grants or scholarships, with the average package totaling $52,190.

On the weekends, Batesies find entertainment at school-sponsored events or parties in the student houses on Frye Street. Outdoorsy types can enjoy hiking, biking, skiing and other adventurous pursuits.