Application Timelines

Here’s the timeline for your chosen round of decision (e.g., Early Decision I, Early Decision II, Regular Decision, etc.). 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.

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’ll complete four or more transferable college-level courses before entering Bates. by March 1 / by Jan. 1 for non-U.S. citizens no later than June 1 June 15