How to get started

Bates’ unique personality rests on the bedrock values of academic excellence, diversity, inclusiveness, and social responsibility.

The first step to becoming part of this community is your application. See below for your application checklist or, if you’re ready to begin, visit to fill out your Common Application. For those who have been impacted by recent natural disasters and may be in need of additional support, please learn more here.

And as you complete your college application, take advantage of our tips and tricks to putting your best foot forward!

Application Checklist

1. Interview (Optional)

A Bates interview is your opportunity to discuss your interests and ask questions about both Bates and our application process. Learn more about the interview, and request yours.

2. Create Common Application Account & Add Bates

Go to to create your account. Once you have created your account, add Bates to your “My Colleges” list. We ask that all applications be created through The Common Application.

3. Submit Additional Documents
  • High School Transcript
    Must be an official transcript sent by your school.
    Bates accepts a wide range of school transcripts if they meet our stated admission requirements and provide a full and accurate presentation of what an applicant has learned and accomplished. Applicants from schools with proficiency-based transcripts will not be disadvantaged in any way.
  • 1 counselor recommendation
    Forms are included in the Common Application
  • 2 teacher recommendations
    Forms are included in the Common Application
  • Test Scores (Optional)
    Read more about our test optional policy
  • If applying Early Decision, Early Decision Agreement
    Must be signed by the applicant, guardian(s), and counselor.
    Early Decision Agreement
  • Arts Supplement (Optional)
    Music, theater, art, dance, film, and creative writing supplements may be included in your application portfolio. Supplementary materials can only be uploaded after you have submitted your application to Bates and received a PIN providing you access to your application status portal. For more detailed guidelines as to the submission of each of these supplements, please see here.
    Students will be able to submit after August 1, and up until the following dates:
    Early Decision I: November 15, 2017
    Early Decision II: January 1, 2018
    Regular Decision: January 1, 2018
    Transfer Applicants: March 1, 2018
5. Submit your application fee

The application fee for Bates is $60, and can be submitted via the Common Application. Eligible students can obtain and submit a fee waiver from the Common Application or the College Board.  Because the Common Application and the College Board offer a limited number of fee waivers per student, applicants are also able to ask a third party, such as a guidance counselor, to write on their behalf to request that the application fee be waived.  If the applicant chooses to ask a third party to write on their behalf, the applicant should select the last option on the Common App Fee Waiver list: “I can provide a supporting statement from a school official, college access counselor, financial aid officer, or community leader.” Additional eligibility guidelines for use of this waiver can be found here.

The application fee is automatically waived in the Common Application for non-U.S. citizens applying to Bates for either first-year or transfer admission. No requests for fee waivers or additional financial documents are needed.

6. Apply for Financial Aid (Optional)

We want to make sure that a Bates education is possible for everyone. Learn more about our commitment to meeting your full financial need.

7. Special Information for:

Transfer Applicants
International Applicants
Home-schooled Applicants

What happens next?

Once you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email from The Common Application. Once your application has been processed by Bates, we will send you a letter with a Personal Identification Number which can be used to check on your application status. Please note that due to high volume, it may take our office up to two weeks to process your application. Our office will contact you if any application items are missing.
Please see the timeline for additional important dates.