Bates College

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Bates College, a liberal arts school, provides students a well rounded foundation in education by having a curriculum with a diverse range of subjects. This college is located in Lewiston, ME, a predominately urban area. Approximately a thousand students are enrolled at Bates College.

The acceptance rate for this school is lower than most schools and competition is high, given that only 10% of students who applied are admitted to the school. You can get more information from the admissions office website at

Overall Bates College Acceptance Rate - Fall 2020


The overall acceptance rate for Bates College was reported as 12.1% in Fall 2020 with over 8,220 applications submitted to this school. Both in state and out of state applicants are included in these figures. We do not have data on transfer acceptance rates currently.

Historical Trend and Acceptance Rate 2022 Projection

The historical trend chart shows acceptance rates from the previous years, from which we have projected the acceptance rate for the 2022-2023 school year. The overall acceptance rate trend for Bates College has been on a downward trend over the past few years.

Acceptance Rate By Year

  • 2016-2017: 22.6%
  • 2017-2018: 21.9%
  • 2018-2019: 17.8%
  • 2019-2020: 12.1%
  • Projected Acceptance Rate 2022-2023: 15.7%

How Does Bates College Compare?

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National Avg

The acceptance rate for Bates College is more than 100% lower than the national average of all colleges which is around 56.7%.

Nearby Similar College Acceptance Rates

SchoolAcceptance Rate
Bowdoin College9.1%
Saint Joseph's College of Maine87.2%
Maine College of Art62.4%
University of Maine at Farmington90.9%
Thomas College83.8%

Admissions Rates & Enrollment Rates - Details

General Recommendations & Requirements for Admissions

  • High School GPA Scores are Recommended
  • High School Class Rankings are Recommended
  • School Records are Required
  • College Prep Classes are Recommended
  • Submit Recommendation Letters are Required
  • TOEFL Exam (Foreign Language Students) are Required

Number of Applicants, Percent Accepted, and Enrolled Students (Fall 2020)

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