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!

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.

Beginning Monday, June 2nd, and ending Friday, August 29th the Office of Admission will be open 8am to 4pm.

Summer Open Houses

Learn more about Bates by attending one of our Explore Bates open houses during Summer 2014. Students and their families will be able to attend panels, go on a tour, sit in on an information session, and eat lunch in our dining hall. The Explore Bates open houses are offered on the following dates:

If you would like to attend an Explore Bates open house, please register 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 needed for campus tours.

June 9, 2014 – August 29, 2014

  • Tours at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Admission and Financial Aid Info 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.

July 7, 2014 – August 29, 2014

  • Monday-Friday at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Please check in at the Admission Office, Lindholm House, 23 Campus Avenue. Please arrive 10 minutes early. Reservations are not needed 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, June 16, 2014 through Friday, November 21, 2014. Interviews will also be offered on select Saturdays throughout Fall 2014 – please see below for more information. Please call 1-855-228-3755 to request your on-campus interview. If you can’t schedule an on-campus interview, you can interview with a Bates alumni representative throughout the United States and abroad.To request an alumni interview, please fill out an online request form.


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. Overnights for Fall 2013 have concluded for the season.

Fall 2014 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. To request an interview during a Fall Saturday, please call the Office of Admission at 1-855-228-3755.

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