Bates College was founded in 1855 as the first coeducational college in New England by abolitionist minister Oren B. Cheney and Boston textile manufacturer Benjamin Bates. Originally established as the Maine State Seminary, the coeducational, nonsectarian, private liberal arts college is recognized today for its commitment to undergraduate teaching excellence and inclusive campus culture. With its current enrollment of approximately 1800 students, Bates is the smallest college in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC). Bates is located in Lewiston, Maine on the Androscoggin River. 

The institute will include time at the Bates College Museum of Art in Lewiston and the Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Brunswick.

For additional information about Lewiston dining and attractions, consult this guide.

This curated list of Maine outings can be used to plan extended weekend travel around the state prior to or following the residential portion of our institute.

“A Maine Summer Day” by topshampatti is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0