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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, start your Common Application or Coalition Application.

And as you complete your college application, take advantage of our tips and tricks to putting your best foot forward!

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 an Application Account & Add Bates

Go to CommonApp.org to create your account. Once you have created your account, add Bates College to your “My Colleges” list.

OR

Go to coalitionforcollegeaccess.org to create your account. Once you have created your account, select Bates College and click “Add to List.”

3. Submit Additional Documents

Secondary School Transcript
Must be an official transcript sent by your secondary 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 receive full consideration for admission.

1 counselor recommendation
Forms are included in the Common Application or Coalition Application

2 teacher recommendations
Forms are included in the Common Application or Coalition Application

Test Scores (Optional)
Standardized testing, such as the SAT,  SAT Subject Tests, and the ACT, is optional for all students applying to Bates. Read more about our test optional policy.

For applicants who would like their testing to be considered, Bates will accept both official and self-reported test scores.

Official test scores can be submitted in any of the following ways:

  • Sent directly from the testing agency (SAT and ACT). Bates’ testing codes are 3076 (SAT) and 1634 (ACT)
  • Sent by the students’ high school counselor via email (admission@bates.edu) or fax (207-786-6025)
  • Sent by the student’s high school counselor via official transcript

Self-reported test scores can be submitted in any of the following ways:

  • Enter scores in the testing section of the Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Submit screenshots or scanned copies of score reports via email (admission@bates.edu) or fax (207-786-6025)

For applicants who would like their testing to be considered and submitted self-reported scores, please note that official test scores will be required upon enrollment. Any discrepancies from self-reported test scores may result in rescinding our offer of admission.

Early Decision Agreement (If applying Early Decision)
Must be signed by the applicant, parent/guardian(s), and school counselor. Early Decision Agreement

Arts Supplement (Optional)
Music, theater, art, dance, film, and creative writing supplements may be included in your application portfolio. Supplementary materials can be uploaded after submitting your application to Bates and receiving a PIN for online access to your application status portal. For more detailed guidelines as to the submission of each of these supplements, please visit here.

Students will be able arts supplements to submit after August 1, and up until the following dates:
Early Decision I: November 15, 2017
Early Decision II: January 1, 2018
Regular Decision: January 1, 2018
Transfer Applicants: March 1, 2018

4. Submit your application fee

The application fee for Bates is $60, and can be submitted via the Common Application or Coalition Application. Eligible students can obtain and submit a fee waiver from the Common Application, Coalition Application, ACT, College Board, or NACAC.  Because the Common Application and the College Board offer a limited number of fee waivers per student, applicants are also able to ask a third party, such as a school counselor, to write on their behalf to request that the application fee be waived.  If the applicant chooses to ask a third party to write on their behalf, the applicant should select the last option on the Common App Fee Waiver list: “I can provide a supporting statement from a school official, college access counselor, financial aid officer, or community leader.” Additional eligibility guidelines for use of this waiver can be found here.

The application fee is automatically waived for non-U.S. citizens applying to Bates for either first-year or transfer admission. No requests for fee waivers or additional financial documents are needed.

5. Apply for Financial Aid (Optional)

We want to ensure that a Bates education is accessible for every admitted student. Learn more about our commitment to meeting your full financial need.

6. Special Information for:

Reapplicants
Transfer Applicants
International Applicants
Home-schooled Applicants


What happens next?

Once you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email that your application was sent to Bates. When your application has been processed, the Office of Admission will send you an email to the address on your application with a Personal Identification Number (PIN) which can be used to check on your application status. Due to high volume, it may take 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.