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Impressions Of
Bates College

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Reasons to attend and to not attend Bates College

To Attend

  • “Everybody here is super nice. The community is so amazing. The students and the faculty are generally very kind and smart.”
  • “The Outing Club is really incredible. If you want to get into outdoors stuff, I don’t know if there is a school that does it better.”
  • “The food is really, really good.”
  • “The professors really want you to go to office hours. They want you to interact with them like normal people and they will interact with you like a normal person.”
  • “The dining hall has incredible food options.”
  • “If you love a small intimate community where it feels like you know everyone. There’s a feeling of security when you step on Bates’ campus”

To Not Attend

  • “It’s in the middle of nowhere, and if you’re not down for that you really shouldn’t come here. If you’re a city person, you really shouldn’t come here.”
  • “The social life lacks. It’s not the place to be for a party scene.”
  • “If you don’t enjoy athletic culture, I think it would be difficult to assimilate to Bates’ culture.”
  • “Harsh winters.”
  • “The living situations aren’t great. For freshmen and sophomores, you’re usually in doubles or triples. If you’re looking for your own space, it’s hard to get it sophomore year and you won’t get it freshman year.”
  • “The tuition is ridiculous.” [Total costs for 2019-2020 is $73,538.]
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