Diversity & Inclusion

In 1855, ten years before the conclusion of the Civil War, Free-Will Abolitionists chartered Bates College as a school that would be open to both women and men, from all socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. We were the second institute of higher education to do this in America. We’re proud of our unique legacy of inclusion, and of our dedication to thoughtful and forward thinking progress.


Diversity Fly In Program: Prologue to Bates

Prologue to Bates is an open house program geared towards serving first-generation-to-college students and/or students coming from diverse backgrounds. Prologue to Bates is open to all rising high school seniors, however, the committee prioritizes the selection of students from historically under-represented backgrounds such as African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic and Latino, Alaskan and Native American and first-generation-to-college students. We invite prospective students to enjoy three days on us to see a slice of what Bates College has to offer.

Discover Prologue and apply

Office of Equity and Diversity

“The Office of Equity and Diversity advances the college’s commitment to equity and diversity by implementing and supporting campus-wide initiatives that strategically and proactively promote a culture of inclusiveness”.

Learn more about our commitment

Student Affairs

The Student Affairs Office intentionally manages all support for all students centrally, to create a more supportive and cohesive experience.

Read about our support for International Students, and Accessible Education.