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, start your Common Application or Coalition Application, Powered by Scoir.

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

Application Checklist

1. Create an Application Account & Add Bates

Go to to create your account. Once you have created your account, add Bates College to your “My Colleges” list. Bates will begin accepting CommonApp submissions on August 1.


Go to to create your account. Once you have created your account, you may activate the Bates College application. Bates is not yet accepting application submissions, but applicants may still make progress on their Scoir application. Check your Scoir application regularly to see when Bates is accepting submissions.

2. Submit Additional Documents

Secondary School Transcript
Must be an official transcript sent by your secondary 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 receive full consideration for admission.

1 counselor recommendation
Recommendation forms are included in the Common Application or Coalition Application

1 teacher recommendation
Recommendation forms are included in the Common Application or Coalition Application. Applicants are required to submit 1 teacher recommendation and may submit up to 3. We encourage you to request a recommendation from an instructor in the core subject areas: literature, history, math, science, or foreign language.

Additional Recommendations
Applicants may wish to submit an additional recommendation from a non-academic experience, such as an extracurricular activity or employment. Please note that Bates will only accept one additional recommendation.

Mid-Year Grades
A mid-year transcript report of the current academic year is due by February 15. Reports should be submitted by your school counselor electronically.

Test Scores (Optional)
Standardized testing, such as the SAT and the ACT, is optional for all students applying to Bates. Read more about our test optional policy.

For applicants who would like their testing to be considered, Bates will accept both official and self-reported test scores.

Official test scores can be submitted in any of the following ways:

  • Sent directly from the testing agency (SAT and ACT). Bates’ testing codes are 3076 (SAT) and 1634 (ACT)
  • Sent by the student’s school counselor via email (
  • Sent by the student’s school counselor via official transcript

Self-reported test scores can be submitted in any of the following ways:

  • Enter scores in the testing section of the Common Application or Coalition Application
  • Submit screenshots or scanned copies of score reports via email (

For applicants who would like their testing to be considered and submitted self-reported scores, please note that official test scores will be required upon enrollment. Any discrepancies from self-reported test scores may result in rescinding our offer of admission.

Early Decision Agreement (If applying Early Decision)
Must be signed by the applicant, parent/guardian(s), and school 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 be uploaded after submitting your application to Bates and receiving a PIN for online access to your application status portal. For more detailed guidelines as to the submission of each of these supplements, please visit here.

Students will be able arts supplements to submit after August 1, and up until the following dates:
Early Decision I: November 20, 2021
Early Decision II: January 15, 2022
Regular Decision: January 15, 2022
Transfer Applicants: March 6, 2022

3. Submit your application fee

The application fee for Bates is U.S. $60, and can be submitted via the Common Application or Coalition Application. Eligible students can obtain and submit a fee waiver from the Common Application, Coalition Application, ACT, College Board, or NACAC. 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 school 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 for non-U.S. citizens applying to Bates for first-year admission – no requests for fee waivers or additional financial documents are needed. Non-U.S. citizens applying for financial aid and seeking transfer admission are eligible for a fee waiver. To receive a fee waiver code, please email Margaret Galligan-Schmoll at

4. Apply for Financial Aid (Optional)

We want to ensure that a Bates education is accessible for every admitted student. Learn more about our commitment to meeting your full financial need.

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What happens next?

Once you have successfully submitted your application, you will receive a confirmation email that your application was sent to Bates. When your application has been processed, the Office of Admission will send you an email to the address on your application with a Personal Identification Number (PIN) which can be used to check on your application status. Due to high volume, it may take two weeks to process your application. Our office will contact you if any application items are missing.