Health Center

The Health Center welcomes Bates students when school is in session.

Health Center hours:
Monday-Friday 7am-6pm
Sunday 11am-5pm.
The Health Center is open every night 11 pm – 7 am.
Thanksgiving Break:
The Health Center will close for break Friday November 20th
at 5 pm and will reopen Monday November 30th at 9 am.

Comprehensive & Confidential Health Care

Bates College recognizes that physical and mental health significantly influence one’s ability to participate fully in the College community.  The Health Center strives to enhance each student’s well being by providing comprehensive, confidential health care and by encouraging informed, individual participation on health related decisions.

Avoiding Seasonal Flu

Light Therapy for Seasonal Affective Disorder

Substantial evidence suggests that bright light can alleviate SAD symptoms. Light boxes emit high intensities of light similar in effect to natural sunlight, which improves mood by limiting the secretion of melatonin in the brain. Studies indicate that 4 out of 5 people with seasonal difficulties can expect to feel better with light therapy, and it has also been shown to reduce depressive symptoms within a week of starting treatment. To benefit from light therapy, health professionals recommend daily morning exposure for at least 20 minutes.

November through March, students can also utilize a light at the Health Center on a first come first serve basis for 30 minutes daily, from 7 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday, and 11 am to 4 pm on Sunday. Please check at the front desk before using the light.