How to Use This Page
You have an exciting four years ahead of you. We know there is much you still need and want to know about Bates, and we’re working hard to bring as much information as possible online to you and your family. We’re creating new content regularly to help answer your questions and create opportunities to connect you with the Bates community and your future classmates.
In the summer, you will begin to receive key information from staff in Student Affairs regarding your Bates email, on-campus housing, course placement and registration, and much more.
In the meantime, this First-Year Experience and Orientation page provides information about the first-year experience team, AESOP, academics in the first year, and life on campus.
Connect With Us – Virtually or On-Campus
Connect with us anywhere, any time! In this section, you will find a multitude of ways to join the conversation, get answers to your questions, and connect with our students and staff, as well as your future classmates.
Ask Me Anything with Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
Join Vice President for Enrollment & Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Leigh Weisenburger for an Ask Me Anything (AMA) Session on either Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at 8pm ET or Wednesday, January 3, 2024 at 8pm ET. These are open to both prospective and admitted students and their family members.
Bates Beginnings: On-Campus Admitted Student Visit Days
On Monday, April 8 and Friday, April 12, 2024, we have reserved special on-campus events just for students admitted to the Class of 2028. The programming on each Bates Beginnings visit day will be identical, so pick the day that works best for you and your family! Further details and registration will be available in the coming months.
For Parents and Families
We know that the decision to attend college is rarely made in isolation, and that rightfully so, parents and families are often involved.
Please share with your family this welcome letter from Bates College.
Bates Visit App
Download our Bates Visit App for greater ease when navigating, visiting, or learning more about the Bates campus. Please note that further details about a Bates Beginnings-specific app will be published in the coming months. In the meantime, the Bates Visit App is an excellent all-around, general resource!
Bates students tend to be up for just about anything. It’s a good thing we have about three dozen majors and two dozen minors.
Some are liberal-arts classics (history, mathematics, philosophy). Some are STEM-focused (neuroscience, engineering, earth and climate sciences). Many draw from more than one discipline (American cultural studies, environmental studies, biochemistry, gender & sexuality studies). And some won’t exist until you invent them — by designing your own major with the help of a faculty mentor.
Life on Campus
You’ll have many chances to dive into the unexpected at Bates.
Learn to surf with the Outing Club or perform a spoken-word piece at the weekly Village Club Series showcase. Test your technical skills with the High-Altitude Ballooning Club. Or your sense of rhythm with the Bollywood Dance Team. Find your zen through Yoga Kula and practice mindful meditation with the Multifaith Chaplaincy.
With nearly 100 student-run clubs, you’re sure to find something of interest. What you won’t find are fraternities or sororities–we’ve never had them, never will.
Where You’ll Live
With a combined population of about 60,000, Lewiston and its twin city of Auburn offer the best of both worlds: A close-knit community and a vibrant downtown.
Inside former factories that once powered the American industrial revolution, you’ll find startups and brewpubs. Lisbon Street, Lewiston’s downtown shopping district, has cafes, bike shops, and galleries, all within minutes of campus.
While many families who live here have French Canadian roots, more than 34 languages are spoken in the halls of Lewiston High School. Lewiston enjoys a growing community from Burundi, Somalia, Togo, and other African nations, as well as many other new Americans.
For arts lovers, L/A offers a professional theater company, a film festival, museums, and an underground music scene.
Outdoor lovers will fully appreciate that L/A is nestled in the Androscoggin River valley with easy access to the lakes, mountains, and the ocean that Maine is known for. Bates even has its very own 600-acre conservation area on the coast, just a short drive from campus.
In other words, you could find many ways to get involved and make a difference here — and L/A could make a difference for you.
When you understand what drives you to learn, grow, and thrive, you’ll have a more satisfying relationship with work throughout your life. That’s the idea behind Purposeful Work at Bates.
Most colleges offer career counseling and help with job applications. Our Center for Purposeful Work goes way beyond jobs or careers. We focus on the whole person — your beliefs, your strengths, your interests — and infuse concepts of meaningful work into all aspects of your time at Bates.
With each new Purposeful Work experience, you’ll consider whether a given role feels right for you, and why. By the time you graduate, you’ll have a clear idea of the values you want reflected in your life after college. And you’ll have a professional network and the practical experience to help you make it happen.
Class of 2022 Outcomes:
99% of new graduates are settled in a job, graduate school, fellowship, internship, or other opportunity within six months of graduation.
100% of Class of 2022 graduates who applied were accepted to law school.
84% of students and alumni who worked with the Medical Studies Committee were accepted to medical school.
100% were accepted to dental and veterinary school.
12 earned prestigious Fulbright fellowships. In 2023 Bates College was named a Top Producer of Fulbright Student awards for the 12th straight year.
Take the Plunge
Are you brave enough to make the leap? You have an opportunity each February to join your classmates in Bates’ own version of a polar plunge.
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