Resources Available to all Bates Students

The range of academic and support services for Bates students is broad. We outline below some of the key services available, though the list is not exhaustive.

Academic Support

Please click the link for a comprehensive listing of Academic Resources at Bates College. Available resources include:

Academic Resource Commons (ARC)

The Academic Resource Commons (ARC) is a community of learners, designed to empower Bates students to succeed and excel in their studies. ARC offers high-quality, student-focused peer tutoring and other support services in a welcoming, inclusive, environment. The ARC is a vital part of the academic experience at Bates College, complementing the classroom experience with a deeply social, collaborative, interactive learning environment that engages learners of every background in a conversation over shared challenges and student success.

Mathematics and Statistics Workshop

The Mathematics and Statistics Workshop (MSW) offers assistance to students in introductory level courses that have a quantitative component. In particular, we support mathematics, statistics, and programming in DCS courses.

Writing at Bates

Writing at Bates serves all members of our learning community. The Writing and Speaking Center, located in Ladd Library, provides a convenient, student-centered option for students seeking to develop their writing or speaking skills. Students also have the option to schedule an individual appointment with a Writing Specialist for consultation and support.

Other Types of Support

The following resources are also accessible to all students:

Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS)

Available to all Bates students, CAPS provides comprehensive, confidential mental health care. Services provided include assessment and evaluation, counseling, and referrals to off-campus providers for specialized or intensive treatment. Students can schedule an appointment by calling or visiting the office.

Health Services

Operating in conjunction with Central Maine Medical Center (CMMC), Health Services is a place where students requiring care but not hospitalization may be seen for medical concerns. Services provided include general medical care, onsite pharmacy services, and diagnostic testing. Students can schedule an appointment by calling or visiting the office, which is open Monday through Friday from 9am to 5pm.

Multifaith Chaplaincy

The Multifaith Chaplaincy warmly and creatively serves the religious, spiritual, searching, and seeking community at Bates. In addition to weekly and annual offerings, students can access confidential pastoral care and conversation by scheduling an appointment with a Multifaith Chaplain.

Office of Intercultural Education

The OIE is a multipurpose space that welcomes those who value or embody diversity and aspire to participate in an inclusive community. Students come to the OIE to seek support from professional staff and build community among those with similar identities and experiences. Cultural affinity groups often gather and provide peer to peer programming and community. In addition, Bobcat First! serves as a resource for students who identify as first generation to college.


SPARQ! is a multidimensional program dedicated to providing resources and support for the LGBTQIA+ community and their allies, including peer mentors, LGBTQIA+ community dinners, and educational opportunities. SPARQ! Peer Mentors provide one-on-one support for students who identify as LGBTQIA+ or are navigating their sexual, romantic, or gender identity. Students can be paired with a mentor for continuous support or drop-in during office hours.

Student Support Advisors

Student Support Advisors (SSA) provide personal support and supplemental academic advising to a cohort of students, responding to concerns as they arise. These advisors are the primary contact for personal and social concerns and a connection point for faculty who have concerns about a student, academic or otherwise. SSAs are listed in BatesReach under each student’s Success Network.