Bates College Top Rankings

Bates College is highly regarded as one of the finest liberal arts colleges in the United States. It is the oldest continuously operating coeducational institution in New England.

Bates College is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges, Inc., through its Commission on Institutions of Higher Education.

Notable Bates College alumni include: John P. Swasey (U.S. Representative from Maine, 1908-1911), John T. Abbott (U.S. Minister to Colombia, 1889), Carl E. Milliken (Governor of Maine, 1917-1921), Vincent L. McKusick (Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Judicial Court, 1977-1992), James Baker (President of University of Colorado, 1892-1914), etc.


- Bates College is ranked 21st among the top tier National Liberal Arts Colleges (US News & World Report 2012).

- It is the 4th most expensive college in the nation for the 2009-2010 school year (CampusGrotto).

- According to The Princeton Review 2010 Green Ratings of 697 colleges and universities, Bates was one of fifteen schools received perfect scores of 99.

- In 2007, the Institute for International Education ranked Bates 14th among baccalaureate institutions for semester-length study abroad, and 15th for full-year study abroad (2005-2006 data).

- The Princeton Review named Bates the No. 1 "Best Value College" in the United States in its 2005 ranking.

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