Admitted Students

To the Bates Class of 2023, you are about to join a community of passionately curious, unapologetically smart, stubbornly modest people in a joyful search for what’s next. Welcome!

Connect with your new classmates and us by joining the Bates Class of 2023 Facebook Group and by tagging your photos and tweets with #BatesBound and #Bates2023. You can also show your pride by loading up on some Bates swag from the college store. See below for more information on your next four years!

Log in to the Application Status Portal to see your decision.

Summer Welcome Receptions

Incoming Bates students and their families are warmly invited to our Summer Welcome Receptions at these seven locations across the country. Meet other incoming Bates community members, as well as current students, parents, and alumni!

Connect with us from anywhere

Tour our campus virtually. Connect with your regional representative, or see if we’ll be in your area. Get in touch with a current student. See what a day in the Bates life is really like by following our SnapChat takeovers or by exploring our other social channels. 

Join us on campus

Tour campus with a current student, or sit on an Information Session with an Admission Dean or Counselor and a Senior Fellow. Register here. 

AESOP trips Mt. Blue 1 and Mt. Blue 2 enjoy a game of light up frisbee over the campfire and under the stars

Your Orientation

You represent some of the most talented, engaged, proactive students from across the globe. When you arrive at Bates in August, we want you to have the tools to hit the ground running. Bates’ Orientation is designed to help you do just that.

More on Orientation

Orientation, AESOP, and Bobcat First:

For ten days just before the start of classes, you will meet faculty, learn about academic resources, and connect with your future classmates.

With a strong foundation, you will embark on a favorite Bates tradition like thousands of alumni before you. Led by upperclass mentors, the Annual Entering Students Outdoor Program (AESOP) provides you the opportunity to explore Maine beyond our Lewiston campus. Whether you spend AESOP bicycling in Acadia National Park, hiking in Baxter State Park, surfing on the coast, or learning about Maine’s agriculture at a local farm, you’ll leave AESOP and Orientation ready to take on – and own – your next four years.

Bobcat First is a pre-orientation program dedicated to building Bates connections for first-generation-to-college students. Learn more here.

The Bates community celebrates its 150th Commencement on Sunday, May 29 2016.


Managed through the Center of Purposeful Work, and based in developmental psychology and pragmatism, the Bates approach to life after college is as unique as it is holistic. We’re proud that our students enjoy their time on campus, learn more about themselves, and graduate prepared to engage with the wider world.

Alumni Outcomes

We’re not big on stats, but we think these are worth sharing:


of 2017 graduates who responded to the survey reported being settled.


of Class of 2018 graduates who applied were accepted to law school.


graduates will pursue fellowships in Armenia, Brazil, China, Colombia, Czech Republic, Germany, India, New Zealand, and Spain.


Ranked 5th in the U.S. for Fulbright producers, Bates earned its Fulbright Top Producer honor for the sixth straight year in 2018-2019.

Bill Seeley's course (FYS 438) Animats, Minds and Mobots: Exploring Cognitive Science with Lego Robotics, run their robotics projects in Coram - in lieu of a final exam.

First Year Seminars

The fundamental elements for lifelong learning are strong writing and clear thinking. At Bates, you’ll develop both from the start. Our First-Year Seminars (FYS) are small interdisciplinary classes designed to throw you headlong into the skills, practices, certainties, and mysteries of our academic environment.

FYS Catalog

Peep these courses from last year:

FYS 438 Animats, Minds, and Mobots
Course description: This course considers the way robotics research has influenced philosophical discussions of the nature of mind and intelligence.

Football, Fútbol, Soccer: The Local Politics of a Global Game
Come explore the politics of soccer (AKA football, fútbol, Fußball, and calcio), with an emphasis on how multiple identities—nationality, ethnicity, religion, class, gender—are expressed through soccer in the U.S. and around the world. 

Student organizations hold activity fair in the Perry Atrium of Pettengill Hall as part of a series of events held on for newly admitted students in the Class of 2019.

Student Groups

Bates students are outward facing – they know that connecting with others based on interest is the way to make college fulfilling. Because of this, there are over 100 student-run groups, and they’re open to all students (that’s just how we do things at Bates). Can’t find one you like? Create your own!

Clubs & Organizations

Here is a small sampling of the many student groups Bates has to offer:

  • Ultimate Frisbee
  • Bollywood Dance Team
  • 2.B.E.A.T.S
  • Environmental Coalition
  • FIVE a cappella groups!
  • Outing Club
  • Investment Club
  • Brooks Quimby Debate Council
  • Knit Wits
  • Investment Club
  • Fat Cats Competitive Eating Club
A crowd enjoys Bates student performances in Auburn’s Festival Plaza.

Our Community

We’re proud that Bates is a real college in a real place. Since 1855, we have been firmly planted in Lewiston, Maine, and we remain committed to our original ideals of inclusion, growth, and thoughtful disruption. Lewiston/Auburn and the state of Maine serve as the perfect location to build upon our ideals, as our students transform into leaders who are ready to make an impact on the real world.

Community engagement is a hallmark of the academic program at Bates, with close to half of all students taking a community-engaged learning course each year and many students undertaking community-engaged research projects and theses with the support the Harward Center of Community Partnerships.

Other Helpful Information

Interested in taking a gap year? Learn more here.  If you have questions related to Financial Aid, please reach out to our colleagues in Student Financial Services at Please be prepared to provide your full name and your personal reference number.