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 Early Decision 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 this Early Decision agreement (PDF via the Common Application site) 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 this Early Decision agreement (PDF via the Common Application site) 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 Early Decision?
Every year some Early Decision applications are denied, and others are deferred for consideration in the Regular Decision pool.
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 Plan||Admission and Financial Aid Deadline||Notification from Bates||Candidate’s Reply Date|
|Early Decision I||by November 15||by December 20||January 12|
|Early Decision II||by January 10||by February 15||February 24|
|Regular Decision||by January 10||by April 1||May 1|
|Fall Transfer Admission||by March 1||by May 15||May 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 Page. Please know that during our busiest application processing times, it can take up to two weeks for materials to be reflected in your application status page.