Bates College

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We do not propose an Academy, but a school of higher order … ~ Oren Burbank Cheney

Bates College, originally the Maine State Seminary, was founded on 16 March 1855, in Lewiston, Maine, by Oren Burbank Cheney and prominent abolitionists as a Free Will Baptist institution. It afterwards secularized and established a liberal arts curriculum. Benjamin Bates had donated the vast majority of early donations and the Board of Trustees subsequently named the college after him. Historically known for its social inclusivity and academic rigor, it is the second oldest coeducational college in United States and the oldest in the Eastern United States.

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Bates embodies a powerful alchemy of the universal and the particular. ~ Clayton Spencer
  • We do not propose an Academy, but a school of higher order, between a college and an Academy. We shall petition the state legislature to suitably endow, as well as incorporate, such an institution. We know our claim is good and intend openly and manfully and we trust in a Christian spirit to press it. If we fail next winter, we shall try another legislature. If we fail on a second trial, we shall try a third and a fourth.
  • Bates embodies a powerful alchemy of the universal and the particular. The audacity of the intellectual project — to encompass knowledge across time and the world — invites our students to grapple with fundamental principles even as they hone their individuality. At the same time, our intimate scale creates a zone of care and concern that — when it works — produces graduates with ethical awareness and a commitment to serving purposes larger than themselves.

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