Resources at Bates

The Multifaith Chaplaincy

Emily Wright-Magoon serves as the Acting Multifaith Chaplain. She is available for conversation about questions of meaning, purpose, and faith with students of all religious traditions and no religious traditions. Bates students are also served by volunteer associated chaplains representing the following traditions: Roman Catholic, Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, Christian Science, Buddhist, and Quaker. Representatives of other religious traditions may be contacted through the Multifaith Chaplaincy. The Multifaith Chaplaincy supports campus religious organizations embracing diverse spiritual traditions and is eager to support people interested in developing new organizations.  Their Website.

Off-Campus Study

Students from all backgrounds, interests, and majors study abroad while at Bates.  There is no need to get into the details of this now since study abroad usually occurs during junior year.  However, entering students should be aware that prior language study at Bates is required to study in settings where the host language is taught at Bates.  These languages are French, German, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese, and Russian.  Most approved programs require the equivalent of two years of college-level study of French, German, or Spanish, and the equivalent of one year of college-level study of Chinese, Japanese, or Russian.  (Students often use their high school language skills to skip over first-year language courses and go straight to second year courses.) Their Website.

Dean of Students Office

They’re responsible for the welfare of the student body and for a wide range of services. Among other responsibilities, this office administers the faculty advisory system for entering students, health services, security, housing, residential and extracurricular matters and new-student orientation. The deans are your first stop for questions about virtually any facet of the Bates experience. Meet the deans!

Writing and Communication at Bates

Bates offers a number of resources especially attuned to the needs of first-year students becoming college-level writers and speakers.  Included among these are the Writing and Speaking Center, Writing and Speaking assistants attached to First-Year Seminars, and professional writing staff.  At the Writing and Speaking Center in Ladd Library, students can drop in for conferences with trained peers about papers or oral presentations; professional Writing Specialists on the second floor of Coram Library also work with students by appointment.  Read more about the peer support for First-Year Seminars. Their Website.

The Mathematics and Statistics Workshop

The Mathematics and Statistics Workshop offers assistance to students in introductory level courses that have a mathematical component. Students take advantage of regular drop-in hours, peer-tutoring services, and private appointments with Workshop staff. The afternoon drop-in hours are open to all students requiring assistance with quantitative, mathematical, or statistical skills–most often students of mathematics, economics, environmental studies, geology, physics, astronomy, and statistics courses. The evening drop-in hours are devoted to calculus help sesions only. Additional information may be found at the Math Workshop website. Their Website.