Bates College is a small, highly selective liberal arts school in Lewiston, Maine, but it is also so much more. Located in the vacationland state, campus is a mere thirty to forty minute drive from sea, forest, and city. Simply put, you can have it all here even though it is a small college. You can make your experience as big as you want by traveling abroad or by exploring Lewiston and Portland.
The college is widely renowned as one of the first institutions to make SAT/ACT scores an optional part of the application process. In addition, it was one of the first schools to accept all students regardless of race, religion, or sex.
What makes this one of the top schools in the country is the family of students, faculty, and staff that fill the dorms, classrooms, and offices. Students come to here because of the resources and educational opportunities and stay because of the familial atmosphere. The people at this college are so important because they contribute to and sustain a philosophy of intellectual curiosity, civic engagement, and egalitarianism.