Welcome, Class of 2020!

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 other new Bobcats by buying some Bates swag, joining the official Facebook group and tagging your tweets and photos with #bates2020.

Learn more about Orientation and the first-year experience from Student Affairs.


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 2020 Timeline

April 1 Mount David Summit
April 3 Admitted Student Reception in New York City
April 8 Admitted Student Reception at Bates
April 10 Admitted Student Reception in Washington, DC
April 16 Admitted Student Reception in Los Angeles
Admitted Student Reception in San Francisco
April 18 Admitted Student Reception in Chicago
April 29 Admitted Student Reception at Bates
May 1 Deadline to request a Gap Year
May 1 Regular Decision Deposit Due
(We will honor May 2nd given May 1 is a Sunday as per NACAC’s Statement of Principles of Good Practice)
August 29 Orientation
September 7 Classes begin