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FAQ’s For Transfer & Non-Traditional Students

May I apply for the winter semester?

Yes. Transfers and non-traditional students may apply for January admission. The deadline for the recommended interview, the Common Application, the Bates Supplement, additional documentation, and financial aid forms is November 1. See our checklist for transfer applicants. January enrollment is limited.


Should I apply online or by mail?

We prefer online applications. https://www.commonapp.org/Login  offers an application specifically for transfer students, as well as our Bates Supplement.


What essays are required of transfer students?

The Common application for transfer students requires a Personal Essay regarding the motivation for transfer. The Bates Supplement requires one short answer essay regarding interest in applying to Bates. These must be completed as two separate essays.


Will my credit transfer to Bates?

Bates transfers most of your liberal arts and science courses that are similar to Bates courses in content, rigor, and length and have been taken at accredited institutions. A grade of at least a C is required for course credit to transfer to Bates.

Bates has a Transfer Credit Policy that details the review of credit transfers as well as Bates degree requirements. For other credit transfer information, please refer to the Non-Bates Credit section in the Office of the Registrar.


As a transfer student, am I eligible for financial aid?

Yes — aid is based on need. College aid isn’t always available for students entering in January, but we will assist eligible students to secure loans, government grants, and campus employment.


Will I get campus housing?

Yes, housing is guaranteed for all students. New students are assigned rooms on the basis of a questionnaire mailed before matriculation. Returning students choose rooms in an annual lottery system.


When will I know if I have been accepted to Bates?

Applicants for September admission will receive decision letters no later than June 1. Applicants for January admission will receive decision letters in early December. Each accepted student who wishes to enroll is required to send a non-refundable deposit of $300. The deadline for a September deposit is June 15 (no extensions).

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