Prologue to Bates | For High School Counselors

Since its inception in 1855, Bates College has been committed to the values of inclusion and egalitarianism. As the first coeducational college in New England, Bates has accepted students without regard to race, religion, national origin, or sex for over 160 years. Our commitment to these values continues to the present, as Bates remains a place where “we engage the transformative power of our differences,” and our students are asked to engage with, and expose themselves to, varying perspectives. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion is the guiding principle behind our  Prologue to Bates, a fly-in program geared towards students who express interest in being a part of our inclusive and pluralistic community. All students are welcomed to apply, especially students who are first-generation-to-college, low-income, and/or historically underrepresented in higher education. Due to the brevity of the visit, students living outside of the United States are not eligible for consideration.

Students will immerse themselves in all that Bates College has to offer with a three day visit on us! During the overnight program students will:

  • Attend a class of their choosing
  • Stay in a residential hall with current Bates students
  • Meet Bates faculty and staff
  • Tour Bates’ beautiful 109-acre campus
  • Eat at Commons Dining Hall
  • Participate in an Admission interview
  • Sit-in on an Admission and Financial Aid Information Session
  • Explore the various academic, athletic, cultural, and co-curricular opportunities offered at Bates

Bates College is a real college in a real place, and Prologue to Bates provides a real opportunity for students who might not otherwise visit to experience our campus and community.

Prologue I will be held from Sunday, October 7th through Tuesday, October 9th.
Prologue II will be held from Sunday, October 28th through Tuesday, October 30th.

The deadline to apply is Saturday, September 1. 

Application to Prologue

In assisting Prologue attendees in their application to Bates, eligible students can obtain and submit a fee waiver from the Common Application or the College Board. Eligibility guidelines for use of this waiver can be found here. The application fee for Bates is $60, and can be submitted via the Common Application or the College Board. Because the Common Application and the College Board offer a limited number of fee waivers per student, applicants are also able to ask a third party, such as a guidance counselor, to write on their behalf to request that the application fee be waived. If students request that you or another third party write on their behalf, please ask them to select the last option on the Common App Fee Waiver list: “I can provide a supporting statement from a school official, college access counselor, financial aid officer, or community leader.”

We appreciate all that you do on behalf of your student!