Applying Credit at Bates

Reconnecting with your faculty advisor & department

In your first days back on campus, be sure to meet with your faculty advisor or, if unavailable, the chair of your major department or program. This is an opportunity to renew this relationship, to share information about your study abroad experience and to review your graduation requirements.

A review of your course registration and requirements is particularly important since you may not have been able to consult with your advisor when you registered from abroad.


General College Credit

To receive basic college credit, the Off-Campus Study Office needs to receive an official transcript from your program or university and a completed Bates Evaluation from you. The evaluation is very important to the college and to future Bates students and is available online at  Garnet Gateway (go to the Evaluation Menu).

With the completion of the evaluation, you automatically receive four course credits for junior semester abroad and other affiliated programs provided you fulfilled the Bates requirements.  Junior Year Abroad students receive eight course credits.


Major Credit

You need to meet with the Chair of your major department to discuss the course or courses that you would like to apply toward your major. Provide the Chair with information that helps describe the course(s) (catalog description, syllabus and other class handouts, papers and exams, etc.).

Each Bates department or program decides which non-Bates courses can be applied toward the major and the number of non-Bates courses that can be applied. The chair of the department/program makes a record of the decision. This is recorded on the

A copy of the form should be forwarded to the Registrar.


Minor Credit

You need to meet with the Chair of your minor department to discuss the course or courses that you would like to apply toward your minor. Provide the Chair with information that helps describe the course(s) (catalog description, syllabus and other class handouts, papers and exams, etc.).

Each Bates department or program decides which non-Bates courses can be applied toward the minor and the number of non-Bates courses that can be applied. The chair of the department/program makes a record of the decision. This is recorded on the

A copy of the form should be forwarded to the Registrar.


General Education Concentration Credit

Most General Education Concentrations allow the use of one or two non-Bates courses. You need to meet with the GEC coordinator to discuss the course or courses that you would like to apply toward the GEC. Provide the coordinator with information that helps describe the course(s) (catalog description, syllabus and other class handouts, papers and exams, etc.).

The GEC coordinator decides whether a non-Bates course is appropriate for use toward one of the requirements. You need to return the

to the Registrar’s Office.


You can check the status of the completion of your degree requirements in the Degree Audit on your Garnet Gateway account.