Welcome, Class of 2021!

You are about to join a community of passionately curious, unapologetically smart, stubbornly modest people in a joyful search for what’s next.

We’re excited that you’re coming. Share your excitement with your new classmates by joining the official Facebook group and tagging your tweets and photos with #BatesBound and #Bates2021. You can also show your pride by loading up on some Bates swag from the college store.

Learn more about Orientation and the first-year experience from Student Affairs. To learn about special events and exciting Bates programming, please see our Events page. Check back to this site often for the latest and greatest news, updates and events for the Class of 2021.

Back To Bates Weekend. Families and Alumni return to campus for a weekend of scheduled and spontaneous fun and stimulation. Football friends at lunch in Commons.

Late summer afternoon on the Historic Quad.
So many beautiful faces at Bates.

AESOP trips Mt. Blue 1 and Mt. Blue 2 enjoy a game of light up frisbee over the campfire and under the stars. Maine has the darkest night sky east of the Mississippi, and you don't have to go far to find it--Mt. Blue State Park is just over an hour from campus.


Bates Class of 2021 Timeline

January 13 Early Decision 1 Enrollment Deposit Due
January 16 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Observance
February 21 Early Decision 2 Enrollment Deposit Due
March 25 Admitted Students Reception in Beijing, China
March 31 Mount David Summit
April 1 Admitted Students Reception in Washington, D.C.
April 2 Admitted Students Reception in New York, NY
April 4 Admitted Students Reception in Minneapolis, MN
April 7 Admitted Students Reception at Bates
April 8 Admitted Students Reception in San Francisco, CA
April 9 Admitted Students Reception in Los Angeles, CA
April 12 Admitted Students Reception in Chicago, IL
April 24 Admitted Students Reception at Bates
May 1 Deadline to request a Gap Year
May 1 Regular Decision Enrollment Deposit Due
August 28 Orientation
September 6 Classes begin
September 22-24 Back to Bates Weekend