Bates College: Narrative Description

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Andrews Rd.
Lewiston, ME 04240-6028
Tel: (207)786-6255
Admissions: (207)786-6000
Fax: (207)786-6025
E-mail: [email protected]
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Independent, 4-year, coed. Awards bachelor's degrees. Founded 1855. Setting: 109-acre small town campus. Endowment: $185.5 million. Research spending 2003-04: $622,437. Educational spending 2003-04: $15,459 per student. Total enrollment: 1,743. Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 10:1. 4,098 applied, 30% were admitted. 65% from top 10% of their high school class, 92% from top quarter, 100% from top half. Full-time: 1,743 students, 51% women, 49% men. Students come from 48 states and territories, 72 other countries, 88% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 3% Hispanic, 2% black, 4% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 6% international, 0.3% 25 or older, 90% live on campus. Retention: 93% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: social sciences and history; biological/life sciences; English. Core. Calendar: 4-4-1. Services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, double major, co-op programs and internships. Off campus study at American University, Williams College (Mystic Seaport Program), McGill University, Washington and Lee University, Morehouse College, Spelman College. Study abroad program.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: Peterson's Universal Application, Common Application, electronic application, early admission, early decision, deferred admission, international baccalaureate accepted. Required: essay, high school transcript, 3 recommendations. Recommended: interview. Entrance: most difficult. Application deadlines: 1/15, 11/15 for early decision plan 1, 1/1 for early decision plan 2. Notification: 4/1, 12/20 for early decision plan 1, 2/15 for early decision plan 2.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $60. Comprehensive fee: $39,900.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 91 open to all. Most popular organizations: Representative Assembly, International Club, Outing Club (outdoor recreation), student radio station, The Student (newspaper). Major annual events: Winter Carnival, Triad, St. Patrick's Day Puddle Jump. Student services: health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, student patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,592 college housing spaces available; 1,524 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen guaranteed college housing. On-campus residence required in freshman year. Options: coed, men-only, women-only housing available. Ladd Library plus 1 other with 588,211 books, 298,706 microform titles, 25,674 serials, 31,656 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $3.3 million. 1,150 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

The second largest city in state, Lewiston is Maine's leading textile center. It is located on the Androscoggin River at Twin Falls, directly opposite the city of Auburn. Minimum-maximum temperatures are 0-50 degrees in the winter and 50-90 degrees in the summer. Commercial transportation is available via air and bus. The city has several churches, Ys, a public library, two hospitals, several movie theaters, and hotels and motels.

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