Located in the beautiful coastal city of Lewiston, Maine, Bates College has earned the distinction of being one of the best liberal arts colleges in the United States. The small school not only offers challenging academics but its university housing is situated such that students can take advantage of the diverse seaside ecosystem surrounding them at every turn.
Bates was founded in 1855 by abolitionists as New England's first coeducational institution of higher learning. Given the founders commitment to freedom, it's no wonder why they opened their doors to everyone interested in an education. That focus on diversity continues more than 155 years after Bates first opened and the school's 1,700 students come from 46 different states, districts and territories as well as 65 different countries.
About 95 percent of the student body make use of university living arrangements, and it's easy to see why. The campus has an ecosystem as diverse as the student body. Along with giving students the chance to visit to Mount David, the school is also has access to the Bates-Morse Mountain Conservation Area. This 600-acre property is owned by the school and located in nearby Phippsburg, Maine, and is home to one of the only undeveloped beaches on the Atlantic Coast.
Of course, the city of Lewiston offers plenty of activity for students who choose off campus living. Though it has a population of just about 41,000, it has all the trimmings of a bigger city including the annual Lewiston Auburn Film Festival, which is held every year in the city's quaint downtown section.
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