Campus Visits & Events

There is no better way to understand Bates College than by spending time on campus.

Take a full campus tour, learn about admission and financial aid in detail, speak with students working diligently on their theses and enjoy a meal in Commons!

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!

Before you come to campus, feel free to explore our campus map. This trip is what you make of it. Be proactive. Speak to strangers. Ask a few questions, and then ask some more. We offer a variety of ways for you to experience campus life throughout the year. See details below.

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 45 minutes. 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. We encourage you to take a campus tour or attend an information session, or both! Please arrive at the Admission Office (Lindholm House), located at 23 Campus Avenue, 10 minutes early to check in for campus tours and information sessions.

Unless otherwise noted, campus tours and information sessions occur Monday-Friday, and reservations are not required. If you would like to bring a group of ten or more students, please fill out our Group Visit Request Form.

April 4, 2016  – May 27, 2016

  • Tours at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
  • Information Sessions at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

May 31, 2016  – June 10, 2016
Please note that our office will be closed on May 30, 2016 and June 9, 2016.

  • Tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.
  • Information Sessions at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

June 13, 2016  – September 2, 2016
Please note that our office will be closed on July 4, 2016.

  • Tours at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m, and 3 p.m.
  • Information Sessions at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

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.

Learn more about the Bates interviewing process, including how to schedule one, and what our deadlines are.

Summer Open Houses | July 15, July 29, & August 12

Join us at Bates for a Summer Open House! Open Houses will be hosted on the following dates:

  • July 15, 2016
  • July 29, 2016
  • August 12, 2016

To attend a Summer Open House, please register here

Fall Saturdays

The Office of Admission will be open on select Saturdays during the Fall. On these days, tours will be offered at 9 a.m. and 11 a.m., and an information session will be held at 10 a.m. Reservations are not required for tours and information sessions. To request an interview during a Fall Saturday, please call the Office of Admission at 1-855-228-3755. Please check back for Fall 2016 Saturday dates.