Campus Visits & Events

There is no better way to understand Bates College than by spending time on campus. During your visit, observe the day-to-day life of students here. Go to the library and see how students interact. Eat lunch in Commons. Sit down at any table and strike up a conversation. Review our Course Schedule and sit in on a class. Attend a concert, a lecture or a game

Schedule Your Visit

If you or someone in your party will require some type of accommodation during your visit (e.g. wheelchair, hearing aid, etc.), please contact the Office of Admission at 1-855-228-3755 at least one full week prior to your visit so that the appropriate arrangements can be made.

We look forward to hosting you on campus!

Campus Tours and Information Sessions

Student-led tours are one hour long and depart from the Admission Office. Campus tours are followed by Admission and Financial Aid Information Sessions, which are led by an Admission representative and last one hour. This is a great time to learn more about Bates academics, the college application process, and have your many questions answered. Please note that the venue of the information sessions may change depending on the size of the group.

Schedule Your Visit

The Office of Admission welcomes you to schedule a group visit to campus. Due to limited availability, our office is only able to accommodate groups of sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school. Those outside of this group (i.e.: groups of middle school students or high school freshmen) are encouraged to contact Brenna Callahan at either or 207-786-6229 in the Harward Center for Community Partnerships to request assistance in planning your trip to campus.

To schedule a group visit through the Office of Admission, please fill out our Group Visit Request Form.

If you are coming to campus and are only interested in eating lunch in the dining hall—and are not interested in any other programming—please contact Cheryl Lacey, Director of Dining, at or 207-786-8355.

Overnight Visits

Overnight visits are a great way for prospective students to more fully experience life as a Bates student. During an overnight visit, the prospective student will stay with a current student in one of our residence halls and join them for exciting extracurricular programming. The day after, the prospective student will have an opportunity to attend a Bates class and have lunch in our dining Commons.

Schedule an Overnight Visit

Fall Open House–October 9th

Each year, Bates hosts a number of Open Houses in the summer and fall to expose prospective students and their guests to our campus and all that is unique about the Bates community.

Our Open House schedules are intentionally flexible, and allow visitors to pick and choose what they would like to attend. Come for one program, or come for them all—how you spend the day is up to you!

Open Houses this year will be held on July 28th, August 11th, and October 9th.

To learn more about our Open Houses and specific programming, please see here.

Register for an Open House

Admission Interviews

A Bates interview is your opportunity to discuss your interests and ask questions about both Bates and our application process.  Our informative and evaluative interviews are offered both on and off campus, and are all weighted equally.


The Office of Admission will be open on Saturdays in the fall to offer prospective students and their guests the opportunity to take a campus tour, attend an admission and financial aid information session, and complete on-campus interviews. The Office of Admission will be open on Saturdays from Saturday, September 23rd through Saturday, December 2nd. We will not be open on October 21st, November 18th, or November 25th.

Visiting a Class

For those who are interested in shadowing a class, please find our course listings here.  Please plan on arriving 10-15 minutes prior to the beginning of class to introduce yourself to the professor.  We recommend that you select a number of classes to shadow, in the event that the class has a test that day.