Campus Visits & Events

Schedule Your Campus Visit

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 brand new Bonney Science Center, and the natural beauty of Lake Andrews.

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

Scenes from early morning campus on Nov. 9, 2021.

The sun silhouettes students on Alumni Walk early this morning.

Unable to visit us in Maine? Request information, get to know your regional admission representative via email, connect with them at regional or virtual events, take a self-guided virtual tour, or get in touch with a current student. You may also register for a virtual Information Session, a student panel, or an Alumni Conversation on our Live Virtual Programming page.

In-Person Guided Tours

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

Please see our weekly schedule below (in Eastern Time). To register, click “Schedule Your Visit” above.

Scheduling Note: The Office of Admission remains open and welcoming to visitors weekdays through Thursday, December 22. If there are no scheduled guided tours or information sessions, you will still be able to connect with Admission staff and explore campus.

Scenes from the Bonney Science Center.

Margaret Horvat '23 leads an Admission tour.
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 11:00am, 1:00pm

Information Sessions

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

Please see our weekly schedule below (in Eastern Time). To register, click “Schedule Your Visit” above.

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday10:00am, 2:00pm

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.

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 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.

Safety Protocols

Under guidance from public health officials and to protect the safety of our community, we have made the following changes to our process for campus visitors:

  • All visitors must read and understand our Bates Admission Visitor Agreement to register for a campus event.
  • To join a student-led campus tour, visitors must be fully vaccinated and boosted for COVID-19, or have a negative COVID-19 test result within the previous 48 hours. The college may ask for proof of COVID-19 vaccination and booster or negative COVID-19 test result during one’s time on campus.
  • Bates College is a mask-optional campus. Bates reminds our community that you may choose to wear a mask at any time based on your own level of comfort, personal medical status, family medical status, and personal risk.

Helpful Information

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

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 To ensure there is enough time to make appropriate arrangements, please contacts us one week prior to your visit, when possible.