Application Options and Timeline
Early Decision I & II
What is the difference between EDI and EDII?
The main difference between Early Decision I and Early Decision II is the application deadline. The deadline for EDI is Nov. 15, and the ED2 deadline is Jan. 1. This creates two pools of Early Decision applicants, and as a result students are considered in separate rounds of competition. Check with your college counselor to select the ED round that best suits your needs and school schedule.
Converting from Regular Decision to Early Decision II
Students who have applied under Regular Decision and who wish to convert their application to Early Decision II can do so by filing an Early Decision agreement by midnight on Sunday, February 1, 2016. Applicants will receive notification of their admission decision by February 15.
What if you’re not admitted under ED?
Every year some ED applicants are denied, but many students who are not admitted ED are deferred for consideration in the Regular Decision applicant pool.
What about financial aid?
If you are interested in receiving financial assistance from Bates, you must submit a CSS PROFILE. Please check the schedule for deadlines. If admitted to Bates, you will receive a financial aid statement along with or shortly after your letter of admission. You must indicate that you wish to apply for aid at the time of application for admission.
Students who have applied under Regular Decision and who wish to convert their application to Early Decision 2 can do so by filing an Early Decision agreement by midnight on Sunday, February 1, 2016. Applicants will receive notification of their admission decision by February 15.
We consider applications from students who have attended or are attending other institutions — including international students enrolled overseas.
For the transfer applicant who hasn’t yet completed a second semester at another institution, the high school transcript remains critical. For all transfer applicants, both high school and college transcripts are considered. Learn more about transferring to Bates >
January 2016 Admission
Please pay attention to these dates as you continue the application process.
|Admission Plan||For Whom||When to Apply||Notification from Bates||Candidate’s Reply Date|
|January Admission||If you plan to matriculate in the semester beginning in January instead of September.||by Nov. 1||Dec. 1||Dec. 10|
|If you’ve decided that Bates is your first-choice college. It’s understood that if you’re admitted at this time, you will withdraw your applications to other colleges.||by Nov. 15||Dec. 20||Jan. 12|
|If you’ve decided that Bates is your first-choice college. It’s understood that if you’re admitted at this time, you will withdraw your applications to other colleges.||by Jan. 1||Feb. 15||Feb. 23|
|Regular Decision||If you’re applying to more than one college.
NOTE: Students can convert a Regular Decision application to Early Decision II by submitting the Early Decision agreement form by February 1.
|by Jan. 1||Apr. 1||May 1|
|Transfer Admission||If you have previously matriculated as a degree candidate at another institution and have earned or are earning credit.||by Mar. 1||no later than June 1||June 15|