We take the interview seriously.
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 — We want to hear about your goals, strengths, and growth opportunities; we want to learn what’s made you the person you are.
Give us your best
- Be prepared. Read the Searcher (Viewbook), browse the website, and have some questions ready. Be able to explain 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 the future may hold. Don’t assume that you must have “all the answers” to life’s big questions. Be prepared to share your ideas and questions in a thoughtful and articulate fashion.