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.

If your student has applied, please complete the below form as soon as possible. Please note that we are no longer accepting new student applications for Prologue 2016. The application and dates for Prologue 2017 will be available this spring.

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