Interview with Bates

A Bates interview is your opportunity to discuss your interests and ask questions about both Bates and our application process.

On-Campus interviews last 25-30 minutes. If you are unable to schedule an on-campus interview, you may request an Alumni Interview. Alumni Interviews are available both domestically and internationally, and carry the same weight as an on-campus interview.

Interview Dates and Deadlines.

On-Campus Interviews

February 15, 2019: Last day for SENIORS to interview on-campus

February 25, 2019: First day for JUNIORS to interview on-campus

March 30, 2019: Last day for TRANSFERS to interview on-campus
After February 15, transfer students applying for the Fall 2019 semester may request an on-campus interview by emailing Margaret Galligan-Schmoll at

Alumni Interviews (only available for high school seniors and transfer applicants)

Admission Plan Deadline to Request Alumni Interview Deadline to Complete Alumni Interview
Early Decision I  November 2, 2018  November 16, 2018
 Early Decision II  January 4, 2019  January 18, 2019
 Regular Decision  January 25, 2019 February 15, 2019
 Transfer  March 8, 2019 March 22, 2019


Tips for a Great Interview

The interview is our best chance to meet the person behind the credentials. Don’t worry, we won’t put you on the spot with trick questions. Instead, we want to hear about your goals, strengths and growth opportunities. We want to know what’s made you the person you are.

  1. Be prepared. Read our viewbook, browse the website, and have some questions ready. We’ll want to know what sparked your interest in Bates and what you believe the college will offer you as a student and as a human being.
  2. Be yourself. Qualities such as thoughtfulness, intellectual curiosity and humor are much admired — don’t be afraid to wonder out loud about your dreams and what your future may hold. Don’t assume that you must have “all the answers” to life’s big questions. Just be ready to share your ideas and questions in a thoughtful and articulate fashion.