How to get started

Bates’ unique personality rests on the bedrock values of academic excellence, diversity, inclusiveness, and social responsibility.

The first step to becoming part of this community is your application. See below for your application checklist or, if you’re ready to begin, visit to fill out your CommonApp and complete the Bates supplement.

Application Checklist

1. Interview (Optional)

A Bates interview is your opportunity to discuss your interests and ask questions about both Bates and our application process. Learn more about the interview, and request yours.

2. Create Common Application Account & Add Bates

Go to to create your account. Once you have created your account, add Bates to your “My Colleges” list. We ask that all applications be created through The Common Application.

3. Complete the Bates Supplement

All applicants will be asked to answer the prompt “What draws you to Bates?”, with consideration of our Mission Statement. Read our Mission Statement.

4. Submit Additional Documents
  • 2 teacher recommendations
    Forms are included in the Common Application
  • 1 counselor recommendation
    Forms are included in the Common Application
  • High School Transcript
    Must be an official transcript sent by your school.
    Bates accepts a wide range of school transcripts if they meet our stated admission requirements and provide a full and accurate presentation of what an applicant has learned and accomplished. Applicants from schools with proficiency-based transcripts will not be disadvantaged in any way.
  • Test Scores (Optional)
    Read more about our test optional policy
  • If applying Early Decision, Early Decision Agreement
    Must be signed by the applicant, guardian(s), and counselor.
    Early Decision Agreement
  • Arts Supplement (Optional)
    If you are interested in pursuing studio art, dance, music or theater at Bates, you are invited to supplement your application with a sample of your talents and interest.  Members of our arts faculty eagerly participate in the evaluation of your submitted materials.  All materials must be submitted through SlideRoom, which is part of the Common Application. Learn more about the arts at Bates
    Students will be able to submit after August 1, and up until the following dates:
    Early Decision I: November 15, 2016
    Early Decision II: January 1, 2017
    Regular Decision: January 1, 2017
    Transfer Applicants: March 1, 2017
5. Submit your application fee

The application fee for Bates if $60, and can be submitted via the Common Application. For those who are eligible, a fee waiver may be submitted by guidance counselors on behalf of a student. Eligibility guidelines for use of this waiver can be found here. If you are not a citizen of the United States, you are not required to submit a fee or a fee waiver request.

6. Apply for Financial Aid (Optional)

We want to make sure that a Bates education is possible for everyone. Learn more about our commitment to meeting your full financial need.

7. Special Information for:

Transfer Applicants
International Applicants
Home-schooled Applicants


What happens next?

Once you have successfully submitted your application you will receive a confirmation email from The Common Application. Once your application has been processed by Bates, we will send you a letter with a Personal Identification Number which can be used to check on your application status. Please note that due to high volume, it may take our office up to two weeks to process your application. Our office will contact you if any application items are missing.
Please see the timeline for additional important dates.