Transfer Application Checklist

1) Application materials

  • Submit the Common Application for Transfer Students online, including the Bates Member section.
  • Transfer Personal Essay. The Common Application requires an essay concerning your motivation for transferring from your current institution. This essay must be separate from the Bates Supplement essay.
  • A nonrefundable $60 application fee. We accept requests for fee waivers from appropriate school officials. Students who aren’t U.S. citizens aren’t required to submit a fee or fee waiver request.

2) College information

  • One copy of your official college transcript. This should be sent directly from the Office of the Registrar and bear the college or university seal. If you’ve attended more than one college or university, we need an official transcript from each institution. Your application won’t be reviewed until we receive a copy of your official transcript from each institution you’ve attended.
  • College course descriptions. A copy of your course descriptions from your college’s course catalog (you may cut and paste the descriptions into a Word document and email them in pdf format to Note: Your application won’t be reviewed until we receive your course descriptions.
  • Three letters of recommendation (two from college professors, one from your college adviser/counselor or high school guidance counselor). Please add them as Academic Evaluations on the Common Application for Transfer Students. If you don’t know your professors personally, you can submit recommendations from college teaching assistants or discussion leaders. Nontraditional students who cannot supply professor recommendations may submit employer or personal recommendations.
  • Registrar’s report. This report includes a statement of good academic and social standing and is required from each institution you have attended.
  • Mid-semester grade estimates. For Fall semester applicants, mid-semester grade estimates are due March 1 even if mid-semester exams occur after the March 1 deadline. For Winter semester applicants, mid-semester grade estimate are due Nov. 1 (same as the application deadline) for Winter semester applicants. This form is available for download on the Common Application for Transfer Students. You can email them in pdf format to

3) High school information

  • Final high school official transcript. This should be sent directly from the high school and bear its official seal.
  • Standardized test scores. The submission of standardized testing, such as the SAT I, SAT II, and the ACT, is optional. But students who speak English as a second language are required to submit their scores for the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or a similar test. This includes non-native English speakers who attend English-medium schools or live in the U.S. Bates does not offer courses for intensive English or English as a second language. While we have no minimum for the TOEFL score, the average score of the international students at Bates is 637 on the paper-based scale, 270 on the computer-based scale and 100 on the Internet-based scale.

4) Other