Equity & Inclusion

Since its inception in 1855, Bates College has been committed to the ideals of inclusion and egalitarianism. Celebrated as one of the first U.S. institutions of higher learning to admit women and people of color, Bates is recognized for its inclusive social character and progressive tradition. We value the diversity of persons and perspective, and engage in the transformative power of our differences.


From the President’s Desk: The Work of Antiracism at Bates

On June 15, 2020, President Clayton Spencer sent a message to the campus community affirming and detailing the college’s commitment to the work of antiracism. To learn more about Bates’ commitment to racial equity and inclusion as a core institutional and mission-driven priority, please read President Spencer’s full statement.

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 who attending high school in the U.S. and Puerto Rico, however, the committee prioritizes the selection of students who are first-generation-to-college, low-income, and/or historically underrepresented in higher education. 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

Fly In Program: Bates Beginnings

Bates Beginnings is a fly-in program that provides travel and overnight housing for students who have not visited campus and come from underrepresented communities, including students of color and first-generation-to-college students during admitted students’ receptions in April. 

Office of Equity and Inclusion

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

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.