Bates College is a private liberal arts college in Lewiston, Maine, in the United States. The college was founded in 1855, by prominent abolitionists, and established with funds from the estate of Benjamin E. Bates. It is the second oldest coeducational college in United States and the oldest in New England. The first female graduate in New England graduated from Bates in 1869. Originally established to teach moral philosophy, theology, and the classics, it expanded to encompass a liberal arts curriculum shortly after its founding.
Bates provides undergraduate instruction in the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, and engineering. It offers 36 departmental and interdisciplinary program majors and 25 secondary concentrations. Bates currently enrolls 1,773 students, 200 of whom study abroad each semester. It operates on a 4–4–1 academic calendar. This includes two semesters, plus a Short Term consisting of five weeks in the Spring. The college has a 10:1 student-faculty ratio and the average class size is about fifteen students. The college is often referred to as one of the Little Ivies. Bates, under the direction of its first president, rejected fraternities and sororities on grounds of unwarranted exclusivity. It offers a Liberal Arts-Engineering Dual Degree Program with Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth, Columbia School of Engineering and Applied Science, and Washington University School of Engineering and Applied Science.
The main Bates campus is located near the Androscoggin River. In addition to its Lewiston campus, Bates also owns an 80-acre coastal studies center in Shortridge and the 600-acre Bates Morse Mountain in Phippsburg, Maine. The campus provides 33 Colonial and Victorian Houses, 6 residential halls, and four residential villages for all class years. The college maintains a private museum, the Bates College Museum of Art, and a multi-faith chaplaincy, the Peter J. Gomes Chapel.
Outside of academic studies, students compete intercollegiately as the Bates Bobcats in the NCAA Division III New England Small College Athletic Conference, and the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin Consortium.(Wikipedia)