Interview with Bates
A Bates interview is your opportunity to discuss your interests and ask questions about both Bates and our application process.
On-Campus interviews last 30-45 minutes and take place in Lindholm House at 23 Campus Ave. If you are unable to schedule an on-campus interview, you may request an Alumni Interview. Alumni Interviews are available both domestically and internationally, and carry the same weight as an on-campus interview.
Interview Dates and Deadlines
The dates below apply to those students who plan to matriculate in the fall of 2018.
February 16, 2018: Last day for SENIORS to interview on-campus
February 26, 2018: First day for JUNIORS to interview on-campus
March 31, 2018: Last day for TRANSFERS to interview on-campus
Alumni Interviews (only available for high school seniors and transfer applicants)
November 1, 2017: Deadline to request alumni interviews for Early Decision 1
November 17, 2017: Deadline to complete alumni interview for Early Decision 1
January 5, 2018: Deadline to request alumni interviews for Early Decision 2
January 19, 2018: Deadline to complete alumni interview for Early Decision 2
January 28, 2018: Deadline to request alumni interviews for Regular Decision
February 9, 2018: Deadline to complete alumni interviews for Regular Decision
March 9, 2018: Deadline to request alumni interviews for Transfers
March 23, 2018: Deadline to complete alumni interviews for Transfers
Tips for a Great Interview
The interview is our best chance to meet the person behind the credentials. Don’t worry, we won’t put you on the spot with trick questions. Instead, we want to hear about your goals, strengths and growth opportunities. We want to know what’s made you the person you are.
- Be prepared. Read our viewbook, browse the website, and have some questions ready. We’ll want to know what sparked your interest in Bates and what you believe the college will offer you as a student and as a human being.
- Be yourself. Qualities such as thoughtfulness, intellectual curiosity and humor are much admired — don’t be afraid to wonder out loud about your dreams and what your future may hold. Don’t assume that you must have “all the answers” to life’s big questions. Just be ready to share your ideas and questions in a thoughtful and articulate fashion.