Hello Counselors!

Thank you for taking a moment to learn more about Bates, a rigorous liberal arts college in the heart of Maine. It’s been an amazing year. We’ve had extraordinary success in sports, seen fantastic achievements from our faculty, and have welcomed one of the academically strongest and most diverse incoming class we’ve ever had.

The Bates Admission team prides ourselves in a holistic review of our applicants, and to that end, we’ve been testing optional for over 30 years. With a commitment to opportunity and excellence, we meet 100 percent of our students’ calculated financial need and make sure that every student has the opportunity for the internship that’s right for them. We look forward to learning more about your students.

— Johanna Seltzer ‘03, Senior Associate Dean of Admission, Director of Special Projects

Questions about an application?

If you have a question about a specific student’s application, please email the regional admission representative or admission@bates.edu directly.

Are you hosting a college fair?

If you would like a Bates representative to support a virtual fair, family night, or other event, please email admissionfairs@bates.edu. Thank you so much for your invitation!

Colby, Bates and Bowdoin Counselor Tour

The Colby Bates Bowdoin (CBB) Counselor Tour affords High School Guidance Counselors and individuals from Community Based Organizations the opportunity to explore our institutions, connect with our communities, and experience Maine in early September. Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, we will be unable to unable to host the traditional CBB tour this fall.

Meet the Admission Staff

Connect with the Bates Admission staff and learn more about what Bates may offer you!

Ask the (College) Experts

Last year we asked you about the commonly asked questions from your students and families. Your helpful insights, coupled with feedback from our time on the road, led us to create of a series of (very) short videos affectionately called “Ask the (College) Experts”.

These videos are not meant to provide all of the answers, and they are not meant to focus solely on Bates. Rather, it is our hope that these small bites of information will be a helpful starting point for you, your students, and your families as the college search process is navigated.

More videos are in the works, and will be released on our YouTube page. For now, we hope you enjoy our answers to some commonly asked questions, and please use them liberally!

Prologue to Bates

Three days, on us, to enjoy a slice of what Bates College has to offer. This overnight program is designed by the Bates Office of Admission for students entering their senior year who express interest in being a part of our inclusive and pluralistic community. All students who attend high school in the U.S. and Puerto Rico are welcomed to apply, especially students who are first-generation-to-college, low-income, and/or historically underrepresented in higher education..

This fall we will be hosting sessions in September and October. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic to determine whether or not our Prologue to Bates program will be held in-person or virtually for the fall of 2021 – details and dates will be available on our website and communicated to applicants by August 1, 2021. The deadline to apply to Prologue to Bates is Friday, September 10, 2021. Applicants will be notified of decisions by mid-September. For more information, see here.



Bates is a national leader in the test-optional movement; the Bates faculty voted to make standardized testing optional for admission to Bates in October 1984.

In Their Own Words

Hear from the class themselves in these excerpts from admitted students’ essays:


Bates has been named a “Top Fulbright Producer”: 14 graduates of the Class of 2015 received Fulbrights, bringing our total number of recipients for the last four years to 47.

Meet the “Beings of Bates”

Inspired by Brandon Stanton’s “Humans of New York” phenomenon, Bates photographer Phyllis Graber Jensen pairs images with text to explore another way to get close to Bates students, faculty, and staff.

“I learned the value of doing what you love for a living through the professionals I met at Bates, who were all 100 percent committed to their chosen path.”

— Sulochana Dissanayake ’09 (seated with Michael Murray, her former economics professor), addressing seniors at the Honors Banquet on May 6. Winner of a 2009 Watson Fellowship, Dissanayake uses her Bates economics and theater training as founder and artistic director of the communications firm Power of Play, which employs puppetry and theater to teach, raise awareness, and achieve reconciliation and development in her native Sri Lanka.

Darby Ray, Director of the Harward Center

“I am struck almost daily by the serendipity of this college being in this town. Bates is its own unique and wonderful community, but it’s also a community within a community, and that larger community grounds us, challenges us, and enriches us in countless ways.”

— Darby Ray, Donald W. and Ann M. Harward Professor of Civic Engagement and director of the Harward Center for Community Partnerships

View more “Beings of Bates”


Six months after graduation, 99.5% of students in the Class of 2016 had secured employment, graduate school admission, a fellowship, or an internship.

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