Campus Visits & Events

Schedule Your Campus Visit

Scenes from early morning campus on Nov. 9, 2021. The sun silhouettes students on Alumni Walk early this morning.

Spending time on campus is a great way to get to know Bates. During your visit, observe the day-to-day life of students here. Take in views of the historic quad, the glass walls of our new Bonney Science Center, and the natural beauty of Lake Andrews (affectionately known as the Puddle).

Bates is a community known for opening doors – you’ll find that we’re eager to strike up a conversation. You can find more information about on-campus offerings below.

Want more time on campus? Our office provides meal tickets to eat in Bates’ Commons at 11:00am or 1:00pm. We recommend checking Commons’ hours to make sure it is open on the day of your visit.


Summer Visit Days

The Golden Hour during a spring afternoon in May during the last week of Short Term on the Historic Quad and Alumni Walk.

Take a closer look at Bates College this summer! We have two special opportunities for you and your supporters, including family members. Take a tour. Dine in our award-winning Dining Commons. Hear from current students and campus partners who help shape the student experience.

Register below!


In-Person Guided Tours

Bates offers in-person campus tours guided by a current student to provide greater insight on our campus and community.

Campus tours are typically offered daily, Monday-Friday, and the occasional Saturday.

See details below on downloading the Visit Bates app to enhance your in-person tour of campus.


Information Sessions

Image of Lindholm House, Bates College.

Join our admission staff and a current senior for an information session that provides greater insight to our campus, community, and holistic admission process.

For information about the Bates Campus location, the Admission office building (Lindholm House), driving directions, or other transportation options, see our getting to campus page.


Prologue to Bates

At Bates, we value the diversity of experiences, backgrounds, and perspectives, and engage in the transformative power of our differences. Our commitment to equity and inclusion is the guiding principle behind Prologue to Bates, a program geared towards students who express interest in being a part of our inclusive and pluralistic community.

All students intending to enter college in Fall 2025 who are US citizens, permanent residents, and undocumented/DACA students living in the US are welcome to apply. Preference will be given to students who are historically underrepresented from higher education, such as first-generation-to-college and low-income students.


Group Visits

The Office of Admission welcomes schools and organizations to visit and learn more about the college and our admission process. We ask that requests be made at one to two months prior to your desired date of visit; we will try our best to accommodate your request.

Students visiting Bates College.

Due to limited availability, our office is only able to accommodate groups of sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school. If you are a non-high school student group (i.e. school counselors, transfer students, etc.) interested in scheduling a group visit, please email groupvisits@bates.edu. Your request will be reviewed and approved on a case-by-case basis.

As our office typically sees a high volume of visitors on Mondays and Friday, we limit group visits to Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays. We cannot guarantee our ability to offer lunch in Commons for group visits. Please see our list of dining options in the Lewiston/Auburn area as you plan your visit to campus.


Unable to visit us in Maine?


Download our Visit Bates App

Download our Visit Bates app for greater ease when navigating, visiting, or learning more about the Bates campus. Use the links below to download the app on your mobile device. If you’re visiting for a special event, check your event emails for special app instructions.

Link to download the Bates Visit App from the Apple app store
Link to download the Bates Visit App from the Google Play app store

Directions and Visiting Information

Please see our Getting to Campus page for more information on directions, parking, and visiting our greater community.


Contact Us for Help

We want to ensure that campus visits and events are inclusive for all. If you anticipate a barrier or need to request an accommodation, please contact the Office of Admission at 207-786-6000 or admission@bates.edu. To ensure there is enough time to make appropriate arrangements, please contacts us one week prior to your visit, when possible.