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Overall Score: 77.58

Bates College

Lewiston, ME http://www.bates.edu/
Bates College is a small New England liberal arts school with a tight-knit student body. Its 1,800 undergrads, almost all of them living, eating and hanging out together on campus, are famously friendly to each other and to outsiders. Academics at Bates are challenging without being overwhelming, and the school offers 38 different degrees. On a typical day, students might go from classes to sports or a cappella practice, and then gather in the Commons to refuel with brick-oven pizza before studying. Seniors spend a good portion of their final year putting together a thesis to cap off four years of major studies. 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. Without much else for a college kid to do around town (not to mention a strained relationship with Lewiston townies), the activities and amenities of campus explain why many students rarely venture beyond the so-called Bates Bubble.

Costs

Est. full price 2022-2023
$77,800
% of students who get any grants
44%
Est. price for students who receive aid
$27,900
Average price for low-income students
$4,140

Admissions

Acceptance rate
14%
Median SAT/ACT score
NA/NA
SAT/ACT required?
No
Undergraduate enrollment
1,820

Financial Aid

% of students with need who get grants
100%
% of need met
100%
% of students who get merit grants
N/A
Average merit grant
N/A

Student Success

Graduation rate
89%
Average time to a degree
4 years
Median student debt
$13,978
Early career earnings
$64,710
% earning more than a high school grad
75%

Notes: Students who get merit grants are full-time undergraduates who had no financial need and were awarded grants. Graduation rate measures degree completion within six years for both transfer students and first-time students. Early career earnings are the median earnings for both graduates and non-completers, 10 years after they first enrolled.

Sources: U.S. Department of Education, Peterson’s, Money/Witlytic calculations.

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