Students appreciate using their fine-tuned writing and computing skills. There is a certain sense of relaxation in students here, who are laid-back, comfortable in their skin and free to be what they want. There’s also a spiritual thread across the curriculum and the students want to apply moral principles to what they learn.
Bates students are uniquely different from one another. They arrive to campus with surprisingly different interests and an insatiable curiosity. They are seekers. They don’t exactly follow the status quo. They leave high school personas behind and become socially and intellectually sophisticated students in an alternative style.
A new dining hall, a starkly modern building, has multi-story windows with pretty views of the alumni walk and the trees on campus. This new and imposing student center has supplanted Memorial Commons in Chase Hall, which was the old student center and dining hall, where everyone ate together.
Bates College is located in the Lewiston area, about 35 miles north of Portland. These are former mill-towns that grew on the banks of the river during the industrial revolution. Although most students stay on campus during the weekend, there are restaurants and malls within a short distance where students buy top quality winter clothing.