The Essential Question: Why Bates?
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So if you're here, you're probably looking at similar schools to Bates. And the question is: What separates Bates from those other schools.
On paper, the NESCAC schools are very similar; the campuses are interchangeable, the tour guides are all quite capable of walking backwards, and for some reason all the schools are proud of the fact that their students and faculty can eat together and coexist outside of the classroom. Chances are good that you are looking at other Maine schools. Let's get something straight:
Bates is known for the type of people it attracts. To be perfectly honest, the best way to distinguish between these types of schools is to not only visit them, but to stay a night with people from the team - they are the people you will be spending your time with for the next four years. A simple overnight visit and a "real tour" of Bates is often enough to convert potentially interested Batesies to actual Batesies. We welcome interested high school students to visit us. A typical night will include eating with the team in Commons and then meeting the rest of the guys who will be more than willing to answer any questions.

To set up an overnight, contact Coach Capone at


Common Myths About Bates:

1. Bates is in the middle of nowhere

Bates is located in Lewiston, ME, which shares many of its resources with neighboring Auburn. In fact, the two cities are often thought of as one, and are given the name LA. Together, LA is the second largest metropolitan in Maine, behind Portland. This means that, while it is certainly no New York or Boston, LA has a great deal to offer. Bates' campus is actually worked into the infrastructure of the city, and you will be crossing over some city roads to get to Merrill Gym on the way to practice. That being said, we have several runs that get you outside of Lewiston and suddenly it feel like the middle-of-nowhere-Maine that we all know and love.

In addition, Portland is only 35-45 minutes away, and students frequently drive down for dinner or shopping. The same holds true for Freeport. It is also very common for the XC and Track teams to get off campus. Coach Fresh frequently invites the team to his house for lunches or dinners. It is a great chance to get into a family setting again.

Bottom line: Bates is not in the middle of nowhere.


2. Bates is freezing cause it's in Maine

In the past three years, Connecticut has gotten the first snow of the season a minimum of three weeks before Maine. The fact of the matter is that Bates is no colder than any other state in New England, including southern Connecticut. It is true that it takes a couple weeks longer for the leaves to come out in the Spring, and we probably do get a couple inches more snow per snowfall, but Bates is not located in some inhabitable arctic town. You might remember that snowstorm in 2006 when 26 inches of snow fell on Central Park. Bates got none of that - and not because it was so cold that it couldn't snow.

Bottom line: The temperature at Bates is not an issue


3. Lewiston is scary

If you talk to members of other NESCAC schools, especially fellow Mainers Bowdoin and Colby, you may hear that "Lewiston is scary." I have never heard anyone at Bates make that claim. Remember that LA is the second largest metropolitan area in Maine, so there are normal city issues that accompany such a title. However, our team frequently goes out into LA for dinner, runs through the downtown area in the dark, and have no worries. Some of the team members volunteer at the local soup kitchen, and have found that many of the people that come to the kitchen (who might otherwise be deemed "scary") are amazing people. Or, it you want, think about it in terms of community service - there are a lot of opportunities for that in this area. Issues affecting Lewiston are often issues affecting Bates - the two are not isolated from each other. And remember, Bates' campus is worked into the city streets of Lewiston. It is impossible to separate Bates and Lewiston into two physically distinguishable entities because they are, in many areas, the same. Colby and Waterville are physically separated. Bates is worked right into Lewiston, and the city center is about a 2 minute walk from Frye Street.

In fact, the Mayor of Lewiston, Laurent Gilbert, is a track official, who frequently officiates Bates Track contests. Most people on the XC and track teams would make the argument that we have a good relationship with Lewiston. Lost Valley is a ski slope in Auburn that, during the winter, gives free lift tickets to all Bates students. This is great for if you want a quick ski in between classes, but don't feel like driving on icy roads further north to Sugerloaf or Sunday River. That is just one of the things the local communities do to help out the Bates community.

Bottom line: Lewiston is a lot of fun and is not scary.


4. With all the construction, the campus looks like a battleground right now.

As of mid summer 2007, yes this is true. However, this also means that NOW has never been a better time to be looking at and considering Bates. Students who enter Bates in the fall of 2008 will see no construction on campus. Rather, they will see a beautiful new quad, a new state-of-the art dining hall, and a new residential village. Bates is improving and expanding its campus right now. By the time YOU, who are reading these pages as a prospect, get to Bates, it is going to look fantastic.

Bottom line: The construction is ending in January 2008, and the end product is going to look awesome!


Some useful links that will help you while looking at Bates:

Bates College admissions page

Prospective Cross Country Recruiting Form

Prospective Track & Field Recruiting Form

Bates College Website

About Lewiston, ME (Town Portal)

About the State of Maine (Gov't Portal)

Our own photo page containing images of Bates

Bates Daily Jolt (a website maintained by Batesies that lets you know what's going on around campus)

The Bates Student (website of the weekly newspaper of Bates College)


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