Application Rounds and Timeline

Early Decision I & II

For students who decide that “Bates is my first choice!,” applying Early Decision (ED) is a great option. ED is binding: ED applicants who are admitted to Bates agree to withdraw all applications to other colleges. Bates offers two rounds of ED applications: EDI and EDII.

What is the difference between EDI and EDII?

The main difference between Early Decision I and Early Decision II is the application deadline.  The deadline for EDI is November 15, and the EDII deadline is January 10. This creates two pools of Early Decision applicants, and as a result students are considered in separate rounds of competition. Check with your school counselor to select the ED round that best suits your needs and school schedule.

Converting to Early Decision I

Students who have applied under Regular Decision or Early Decision II and who wish to convert their application to Early Decision I can do so by filing an Early Decision agreement by 11:59pm ET on December 1. Applicants will receive notification of their admission decision by December 20.

Converting to Early Decision II

Students who have applied under Regular Decision and who wish to convert their application to Early Decision II can do so by filing an Early Decision agreement by 11:59pm ET on February 1. Applicants will receive notification of their admission decision by February 15.

What if you’re not admitted under ED?

Every year some Early Decision applications are denied, and others are deferred for consideration in the Regular Decision pool.

Regular Decision

The Regular Decision application round is non-binding. The application deadline for Regular Admission is January 10. Bates uses the Common Application and the Coalition Application, Powered by Scoir.

Please note that Bates College does not offer mid-year admission.

Transfer Admission

Bates considers applications from students who have attended, or are attending, other institutions — including international students enrolled overseas.

For the transfer applicant who hasn’t yet completed a second semester at another institution, the high school transcript remains critical. For all transfer applicants, both high school and college transcripts are required. Learn more about transferring to Bates.


Please pay attention to these dates as you move through the application process.

Admission PlanAdmission and Financial Aid DeadlineNotification from BatesCandidate’s Reply Date
Early Decision Iby November 15by December 20January 6
Early Decision IIby January 10by February 15February 24
Regular Decisionby January 10by April 1May 1
Fall Transfer Admissionby March 1by May 15May 20
A Note on Supporting Application Materials

All supporting materials (letters of recommendation, school transcripts, etc.) should be submitted by November 15 for Early Decision I applicants, and January 10 for Early Decision II or Regular Decision applicants. If this is not doable, please ensure all supporting materials are received as soon as possible so that we can fully consider your application. You can check what is missing from your application on your Application Status PagePlease know that during our busiest application processing times, it can take up to two weeks for materials to be reflected in your applicant status page.