Bates College is a highly selective liberal arts college, and only about one in four applicants will receive an acceptance letter. To get in, students will need impressive high school grades. SAT and ACT scores are far less important, for Bates has test-optional admissions. In the graph above, the blue and green dots represent accepted students. Most successful applicants had high school averages of "A-" or higher. You'll see a wider spread for standardized test scores, but even on that front nearly all applicants had above average scores.
Note that there are quite a few red dots (rejected students) and yellow dots (waitlisted students) mixed in with the green and blue throughout the graph. Many students with grades that were on target for Bates did not get in. On the flip side, you'll notice a few students with grades down in the "B+" range, a bit lower than the typical accepted student. This is because the Bates College admissions process is based on much more than numbers. The college uses the Common Application and has a holistic admissions process. The admissions officers at Bates will want to see that you have taken rigorous high school courses, not courses that get you an easy "A." Also, they will be looking for a winning essay, interesting extracurricular activities, an engaging short answer, and strong letters of recommendation. Another important part of the Bates application is the supplemental essay, a piece of writing you can use to demonstrate your interest. Performing and visual arts students can also strengthen their applications with the Common Application Arts Supplement.
To learn more about Bates College, high school GPAs, SAT scores and ACT scores, these articles can help:
- Bates College Admissions Profile
- What's a Good SAT Score?
- What's a Good ACT Score?
- What's Considered a Good Academic Record?
- What is a Weighted GPA?