Jewish students at Bates College.

Bates College

#T-92, overall score 50/100

Fun Fact:

The college holds an annual winter carnival, including a party celebrating fanciful facial hair called the Mustachio Bashio.

Why should Jewish students attend Bates? Bates Hillel is a super awesome club on campus. As the only Jewish life club, we have to create and maintain the Jewish community at Bates, which we do very well. We are an entirely student run group, which I now realize is very impressive since almost every other club on campus has help from faculty and staff which we somehow do not. Despite this, we are able to host Shabbat services and dinner every week, hold High Holy Day services, have a huge campus-wide Passover Seder, host speakers such as a Holocaust survivor every year, and do other great Jewish bonding activities. —- Matthew Winter, Bates Hillel

ACADEMICS Score: 25/30

  • Score: 25/30
  • Acceptance rate: 23%
  • Student/faculty ratio: 10:1
  • Jewish Studies major: No
  • Israel Studies major: No


  • Out-of-state tuition: $50,310
  • Room & board costs: $14,190
  • Average annual scholarship/grant package: $36,388


  • Location: Lewiston, Maine
  • Region: New England
  • Public/Private: Private
  • Liberal Arts: Yes
  • Undergraduate enrollment: 1,792
  • Jewish undergraduate enrollment: 250
  • Jewish population share: 14%
  • NCAA Division: III
  • NCAA team: Bobcats
  • Ultimate Frisbee teams: Orange Whip, Cold Front

ISRAEL Score: 13.67 /20

  • Score: 13.67 /20
  • Size of Birthright trip: 6
  • School-approved study abroad program in Israel: Yes
  • Israel-related clubs: J Street U
  • BDS resolution: Never introduced

JEWISH LIFE Score: 11.33/40

  • Score: 11.33/40
  • Hillel: Bates Hillel
  • Chabad: No
  • OU-JLIC: No
  • Meor: No
  • Jewish fraternities: None
  • Jewish sororities: None
  • Anti-Semitic incidents in 2016: 0
  • Can you get kosher food on the school meal plan? No
  • Hillel Friday night services: 1
  • Average Shabbat attendance – Hillel: 25
  • Synagogues within 10 miles: None
  • Eruv: None
  • Where do Jewish students come from? All over the country, though most Bates students tend to come from New England.
  • Kosher food details: The dining hall has a great variety of food. Kosher food is ordered for Shabbat dinners.
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