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.

Summer Open Houses

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

This year’s Open Houses will take place on Friday, July 17 and Friday, August 14. You can view the day’s schedule online, and register for either 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 needed for campus tours.

May 1, 2015 – May 22, 2015

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

May 26, 2015 – June 12, 2015

  • Tours at 11 a.m. and 1 p.m.

June 15, 2015 – September 4, 2015

  • Tours at 9 a.m., 11 a.m., 1 p.m., and 3 p.m.
  • Please note that the Office of Admission will be closed and tours will not be offered on Friday, July 3.

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.

May 1, 2015 – May 22, 2015

  • Information Sessions at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

May 25, 2015 – June 12, 2015

  • Information Session at 10 a.m.

June 15, 2015 – September 4, 2015

  • Information Sessions 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, 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 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.