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.


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.

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Diversity Fly In Program: Bates Beginnings

Bates Beginnings is a diversity 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.