Application Options and Timeline

Early Decision I & II

For students who decide that “Bates is my first choice!,” applying Early Decision (ED) is a great option. ED is binding: ED applicants who are admitted to Bates must withdraw all applications to other colleges. Bates offers two rounds of ED applications, ED1 and ED2.


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 been admitted and wish to request a gap year must do so by May 1st. Learn more about deferring your matriculation.

Regular Decision

The application deadline for Regular Admission is Jan. 1. Bates uses the Common Application, the Bates member page that requires an essay and a mid-year report. We strongly encourage families seeking financial assistance to submit an application for aid as soon after the Jan. 1 deadline as possible. The submission of standardized testing (the SAT I, SAT II and the ACT) is optional in all rounds of 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.

Students who have been admitted and wish to request a gap year must do so by May 1st. Learn more about deferring your matriculation.

Transfer Admission

Each year we welcome applications from students who wish to transfer to Bates. We appreciate your interest in Bates and would like to help you determine if we’re a better fit for you.

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

The deadline for applying for January Admission is Nov. 1.

Timeline

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
Early Decision
(Round I)
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
Early Decision
(Round II)
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.

Please Note:

Students wishing to defer their matriculation for a year must submit a request by May 1. Learn more about requesting a gap year.

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 Apr. 27 May 8