For Counselors

Thank you for learning more about Bates, a rigorous liberal arts and sciences college in the heart of Maine. We’ve had extraordinary success in sports, seen fantastic achievements from our faculty, and have welcomed one of the academically prepared 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 nearly four decades. With a commitment to opportunity and excellence, we meet 100 percent of our students’ calculated financial need and ensure that every student has the opportunity for a funded internship that’s right for them. We look forward to learning more about your students.

Meet the Admission Staff

If you have a question about a student’s application, email the regional admission representative directly.

Are you hosting a college fair?

If you would like to invite a Bates representative to support a college fair, family night, or other similar event, email

Colby, Bates, and Bowdoin (CBB) Counselor Tour

Due to the ongoing impact of COVID-19, we will be unable to host the CBB tour this fall.

The Colby Bates Bowdoin (CBB) Counselor Tour affords school and community-based organization counselors the opportunity to explore our institutions, connect with our communities, and experience Maine in early September.

Ask the (College) Experts

We asked you about the commonly asked questions from your students and families. Your helpful insights, coupled with feedback from our programming 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 share them liberally!

Prologue to Bates

Prologue to Bates will be held virtually in the evening hours in two identical session:

Prologue to Bates I: September 22-23
Prologue to Bates II: October 20-21

The deadline to apply to Prologue to Bates is Wednesday, September 15. Applicants will be notified of decisions shortly thereafter.

All seniors 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 historically underrepresented in higher education.

*Bates College defines a first-generation college student as an individual whose parents/guardians did not complete a Bachelor’s degree; or if the individual resides with and receives support from only one parent/guardian, that parent/guardian did not complete a Bachelor’s degree.


Foundation Grants

In 2020, and for the second time in three years, Bates was the top producer of Fulbright Student awards among U.S. liberal arts colleges. Recognized as a Fulbright Top Producer for nine straight years, Bates has seen a sharp rise in the number of Fulbright Student grants awarded, from six in 2013 to the record-setting 24 in 2020.

Post-graduate Plans

Six months after graduation, 99% of students in the Class of 2019 had secured employment, graduate school admission, a fellowship, or an internship. Our Center for Purposeful Work knows that enabling students to lead lives of meaningful work is at the heart of a liberal arts mission.