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 has passed.

Please note that any student who applied to Prologue, regardless of whether they were admitted or not, is eligible for a Bates application fee waiver. To access their fee waiver, students must select “Bates Fly-In Program” under the prompt “Do you intend to use one of the school-specific fee waivers?” in their application. The necessary code can be found in their Prologue to Bates Decision email. If they have trouble finding their email, please contact Jack Behre (

If a student is not a citizen of the United States, they are not required to submit a fee or a fee waiver request.

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