Campus Visits and Events

Experience what Bates is all about. 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 interactive 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.

Fall Open House

Join us on campus this fall for our own Open House for prospective students. Attend panels, tours and information sessions, while also getting the opportunity to eat in Commons.

This year’s Open House will take place on Monday, October 12. You can view the day’s schedule online, and register for the Open House online.

Campus Tours

Student-led tours are one hour long and depart from the Admission Office, Lindholm House, 23 Campus Ave. Please arrive 10 minutes early. Unless otherwise noted, tours occur Monday-Friday. Reservations are not required for campus tours.

September 8, 2015 – November 20, 2015

  • Tours at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
  • Please note that October 21, 2015 – October 24, 2015 tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

November 23, 2015 – November 27, 2015

  • Due to Thanksgiving break there are no tours offered

November 30, 2015 – December 11, 2015

  • Tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

Admission & Financial Aid Information Sessions

Admission and Financial Aid information sessions are led by an Admission representative and last 45 minutes. This is a great time to learn more about Bates academics and the college application process, and to have your many questions answered. Please note that the venue of the information session may change depending on the size of the group. Information Sessions are held Monday-Friday unless otherwise noted.

September 8, 2015 – November 20, 2015

  • Information Sessions at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
  • Please note that October 21, 2015 -October 24, 2015 Information Sessions will not be offered

Please check in at the Admission Office, Lindholm House, 23 Campus Avenue. Please arrive 10 minutes early. Reservations are not required for information sessions.

Admission Interviews

Admission interviews

We encourage prospective students to schedule an interview with a representative from our Admission Office. The interview offers students the opportunity to ask questions about their areas of interest and about the application process.

We offer interviews both on and off campus, and all interviews are weighted equally. Bates interviews are evaluative and last 30–45 minutes.  Call the Office of Admission to request your interview.

For rising high school seniors:

On-campus interviews will be offered weekdays from Monday, January 19, 2015 through Friday, November 20, 2015. Interviews will also be offered this summer. Please call 1-855-228-3755 to request your on-campus interview.  If you are unable to schedule an on-campus interview, you may interview with a Bates alumni representative. Alumni interviews are available both domestically and internationally, and carry the same weight as an on-campus interview. To request an alumni interview, please fill out an online request form.

Fall 2015 Saturdays

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.

September 26
October 3
October 10
October 17
October 24 (please note the office will be closed)
October 31
November 7
November 14

Fall 2015 Overnight Visits

In the fall of your senior year, you are invited to stay overnight with a current Bates student. Take advantage of this great opportunity to live the life of a Bates student and see first-hand how you will contribute to this vibrant community. You can learn more about overnights at Bates and plan your visit here.