What is the difference between ED1 and ED2?
The main difference between Early Decision 1 and Early Decision 2 is the application deadline. The deadline for ED1 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.
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.
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.
Please note that Jan. 1 is the deadline for non-U.S.citizens to apply for September transfer admission & financial aid.
If you have applied to Bates within the last two years, you may reactivate your original application regardless of the previous decision. We encourage you to update your application and take the opportunity to have a Bates Admission interview.
For some students, college is richer and more relevant if they take a year to pursue a nonacademic experience between high school and college — a gap year. For this reason, Bates will grant deferred admission by permission of the Dean to admitted students after they have deposited. An applicant should indicate in the application that he or she is a candidate for deferred admission.
Graduating from high school early
Extremely capable students may be ready for college before completing a typical four-year secondary school program. Bates welcomes inquiries from students who think they are scholastically prepared and sufficiently mature personally and socially to undertake college work.
Bates participates in the Advanced Placement (AP) Program of the College Entrance Examination Board. A maximum of eight AP credits can be applied to the Bates academic record. Learn more about Bates’ AP Policy.