45 Facts About Bates College


Bates College is a private liberal arts college in Lewiston, Maine.

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Students and alumni of Bates College are well known for preserving a variety of campus traditions.

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Four years later in 1870, Bates sponsored a college preparatory school, called the Nichols Latin School.

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From its inception, Bates College served as an alternative to a more traditional and historically conservative Bowdoin College.

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Bates College asked his close friend and U S Senator Charles Sumner to create a collegiate motto for Bates and he suggested the Latin phrase amore ac studio which he translated as "with love for learning" which has been taken as "with ardor and devotion, " or "through zeal and study.

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In 1894, George Colby Chase led Bates to increased national recognition, and the college graduated one of the founding members of the Boston Red Sox, Harry Lord.

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Bates College maintained a considerable female student body and "did not suffer [lack in student enrollment due to military service involvement] as much as male-only institutions such as Bowdoin and Dartmouth.

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The rise of social inequality and elitism at Bates College is most associated with the 1940s, with an increase in racial and socioeconomic homogeneity.

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The New York Times detailed the atmosphere of the college in the 1960s with the following: "the prestigious Bates College — named for Benjamin E Bates, whose riverfront mill on Canal Street in Lewiston was once Maine's largest employer — provided an antithesis: a leafy oasis of privilege.

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In 1967, President Thomas Hedley Reynolds promoted the idea of teacher-scholars at Bates College and secured the construction of numerous academic and recreational buildings.

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In 1984, Bates became one of the first liberal arts colleges to make the SAT and ACT optional in the admission process.

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In 2011, Bates made national headlines for being named the most expensive university in the U S, which caused backlash from American academia and students as it in-directly highlighted substantial socioeconomic inequality among students.

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Bates College enrolls 1, 792 students, 200 of whom study abroad each semester.

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Largest natural science academic department at Bates College is the biology department, followed by mathematics, physics, and geology.

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Bates College is accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education.

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Students at Bates College take a first-year seminar, which provides a template for the rest of the four years at Bates College.

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Feature of a Bates College education is the Honors Program which includes a tutorial-based thesis modeled after the universities of Oxford and Cambridge.

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Bates College has been the site of landmark experiments and academic movements.

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Bates College's faculty includes scholars such as political scientists Douglas Hodgkin, Stephen Engel, anthropologist Loring Danforth, historian Margaret Creighton, pianist and composer Thomas Snow, and author Steven Dillon.

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Bates College holds the annual Mount David Summit which serves as a platform for students of all years to present undergraduate research, creative art, performance, and various other academic projects and is named after the campus' Mount David.

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Bates College has a Test Optional Policy, which gives the applicant the choice to not send in their standardized test scores.

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The Wall Street Journal found that Bates had some of the "toughest rejection letters" in the U S during the late-2000s.

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Bates College offers the Direct "+" Loan, Direct Student Loans, Pell Grants, Perkins Loan, Supplementary Educational Opportunity Grants, and Work-Study Program.

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The peak position Bates College has held on the Washington Monthly ranking was 6th in 2013.

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In 2018, Bates produced 23 Bates students who received Fulbright fellowships, attaining the distinction of "Fulbright Top Producer", and subsequently breaking the college's previous record, and ranking Bates first in the United States.

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Bates College is in a former mill town, Lewiston, which has a large French Canadian ethnic presence due to migration from Quebec in the 19th century.

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Bates College has a 133-acre main campus and maintains the 600-acre Bates College-Morse Mountain Conservation Area, as well as an 80-acre Coastal Center fresh water habitat at Shortridge.

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Bates College's dining services have been featured on numerous national publications.

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All meals and catered events on campus are served by Bates College Dining Services, which makes a concentrated effort to purchase foods from suppliers and producers within the state of Maine, like Oakhurst Dairy and others.

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Bates College holds an annual "Harvest Dinner" during Thanksgiving that features a school-wide dining experience including a New England buffet and live musical performances.

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Martin Luther King Day at Bates College is celebrated annually with classes being canceled, and performances, events, keynote talks are held in observance.

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Bates College's oldest operating newspaper is The Bates Student, created in 1873.

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Alumni of the student media programs at Bates College have won the Pulitzer Prize, and have their later work featured on major news sources.

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Originally started as an AM station at Bates College, it began with the efforts of rhetoric professor and debate coach Brooks Quimby.

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Arguably the most well-known student organization at Bates College is the Brooks Quimby Debate Council, due to endowment allocation, relative participation rate, awards and historical significance.

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Bates College is the holder of the winning streak, but has the record for biggest loss in the athletic conference.

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Bates College has the 4th highest NESCAC title hold, is ranked 5th in its athletic conference and 15th in Division III athletics.

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Bates College maintains 31 varsity teams, and 9 club teams, including sailing, cycling, ice hockey, rugby, and water polo.

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Bates College signed onto the American College and University President's Climate Commitment in 2007.

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In 2009, the college was given its third $5, 000 grant allocation by the Hobart Center for Foodservice Sustainability which cited Bates as "having the best sustainability program among numerous entrants nationwide".

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Bates College was the first food-service operation in higher education to join the Green Restaurant Association.

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Bates College maintains numerous environmental clubs and initiative such as Green Certification, which recognizes students who commit to sustainable policies and practices, Green Bike, which offers students access to bicycles for use on and off campus for free, and the Bates College Action Energy Movement in which students participate in "both on-campus and nationwide environmental events and engage students with discussions on climate change and other pressing ecological crises.

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Bates College alumni have included leaders in science, religion, politics, the Peace Corps, medicine, law, education, communications, and business; and acclaimed actors, architects, artists, astronauts, engineers, human rights activists, inventors, musicians, philanthropists, and writers.

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In state government, Bates College alumni have led all three political branches in Maine, graduating two Chief Justices of the Maine Supreme Court, two Maine Governors, and multiple leaders of both state houses.

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Bates College is governed by its central administration, headquartered in and metonymically known as "Lane Hall".

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