Bates also is known for it's progressive approach to education with test scores optional since 1986, and our Short Term in May.
And our study-abroad program has a higher percentage of students involved than any other school in the NESCAC! (btw, athletes can partake in abroad programs during Short Term if you don't want to miss a season!)
And now today we learn that Newsweek placed Bates 4th on the "Top 25 Schools Stocked with Jocks" list?!
As you clearly know, Bates is where you go to challenge yourself academically, and surround yourself with opportunities that will help you succeed in life - not professional sports. Being on a list right behind the likes of Nebraska and Alabama truly is somewhat eye opening. As I see it though, Bates has long been a proponent of advancing the mind and body, and it makes perfect sense that a school that truly believes in a holistic approach to education would be very supportive of their student-athletes.
Further, the universities ranked ahead of us have more people attending than the entire population of Lewiston - so being the first small college on the list is something that definitely makes me proud. To do academics and athletic right, at this level, and gain national attention for it, definitely means Bates Athletics, and specifically, Bates Swimming and Diving, are part of something that will only be getting better!
Read below to see the article.
- Coach Casares