Frequently Asked Questions

How to Connect

Can I visit campus?
Due to the evolving COVID-19 public health situation, and in an effort to ensure the health and safety of our community and visitors, Bates will not welcome admission guests to visit our campus while the college is in session. Bates has suspended all in-person admission activities including campus tours, information sessions, interviews, and group visits. Furthermore, we ask that admission guests refrain from walking around campus and/or entering buildings; we do not have available restroom facilities. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding as we keep our community safe!

We would still like to bring Bates to you! To that end, we have a variety of ways for you to connect with us virtually for live events (see below).

What types of live events do you have?
We have a lot going on! To register for any of the below click here.

  • Campus tour: student-lead, authentic journey around campus.
  • Information Session: foundational information on the college, along with admission and financial aid tips.
  • Bobcat Chats: casual panels around various themes.
  • Informational Interview: Connect with a Bates student, staff member, or alumnus/a.

How can I connect with Bates community members?
A great starting point is our Ask a Student page; learn about current students and find contact information so that you can reach out to them directly. They are excited to connect with you! Our Bobcat Chat series will also be hosted by a variety of community members including faculty, staff, and students, and are intentionally kept casual to encourage conversation. If you have specific questions about your application, please feel free to contact your regional admission officer. We’ll also be attending virtual high school visits; locations and times can be found here. The Office of Admission also remains available via admission@bates.edu and 207.786.6000 between 9am – 4:30pm, Monday through Friday.

Are there other things I should explore? 

I’m having trouble figuring out how to schedule an informational interview with a campus community member. Help!
Not a problem. Just follow these steps:

  1. Go to https://www.bates.edu/admission/visit/
  2. Click on “Schedule Your Virtual Visit”
  3. On this page, scroll down to the little calendar and select your preferred date
  4. On the same page, “Plan Your Virtual Visit!” will pop up; click on this
  5. Fill out the form. To see available interview slots, you will need to answer “In which term do you plan on entering?”. If you plan on starting college in 2021, then you are eligible for an interview and open interview slots will pop up on the form. Please note that we are in the process of adding slots for November.

I have some questions that are very specific to me and my application. Who should I reach out to?
If you have questions that are specific to you and your application to Bates, please contact either your regional admission officer or the Office of Admission at 207.786.6000 or admission@bates.edu.

Application Materials and Deadline

Do all supporting credentials have to be in by January 11? (Recommendations, Transcripts, etc.)
All supporting credentials should be submitted by January 11. If this is not possible, please make sure all materials are in as soon as possible so that we can fully consider your application.  You can check what is missing from your file from your Application Status Page.  Please know that during our busiest application processing times, it can take up to two weeks for materials to be entered and reflected in your portal.  Thank you for your patience.

In addition, while we require 2 teacher recommendations, we understand that this may pose a burden to some applicants.  If you would like to request one of your required teacher recommendations to be waived, email: admission@bates.edu.

What if circumstances beyond my control (public health crises, natural disasters, etc.) have affected my ability to submit my application before the deadline?
The Bates Office of Admission wishes all those affected by recent natural disasters and extenuating circumstances — including the COVID-19 public health situation, strikes, hurricanes, earthquakes, flooding, and wildfires — a quick and safe recovery as you return to school and work. We know that many students’ and educators’ personal and academic lives have been disrupted by the events, and we want to work with you to ease the pressures to the college search and application process. We seek to be supportive and stand ready to provide personalized guidance as needed. Please be in touch

If you experience technical difficulties in submitting your application to Bates, please contact the Common Application or Coalition Application directly.  For any other issues, email admission@bates.edu as well as your regional admission officer communicating your intent to apply as well as a description of your difficulties. Each concern will be dealt with on an individual basis.

My high school is switching to Pass/Fail grades. Will this affect how Bates evaluates my application?
Our holistic review process allows to consider the “whole” applicant within the context of an applicant’s high school, and includes several metrics of academic performance. The Office of Admission regularly evaluates academic transcripts that utilize a multitude of grading scales, including the Pass/Fail model. While many schools are enacting different or new grading policies as they transition to virtual learning this semester, our holistic review process will not penalize applicants for these changes.

Application Status Page

How do I check the status of my application?
Applicants can see the status of their application materials, including the final admission decision, by logging into their Application Status Page.  Please know that during our busiest application processing times, it can take up to two weeks for materials to be entered and reflected in your portal.  Thank you for your patience.

I’m having trouble logging into my Application Status page. What do I do?
If you are experiencing trouble logging into your Application Status Page, please email admission@bates.edu communicating your issue. You can reset your password from the login page.

I submitted documents that are not showing up as received on my checklist. What should I do?
Our office takes approximately two weeks to process and satisfy all submitted application materials—including submitted test scores. After two weeks if you still do not see your documents showing up as received on your checklist, please reach out to your regional admission officer for additional assistance.

Testing

Should I submit my test scores? Dates for upcoming standardized tests have been cancelled. Will Bates be flexible about testing when I apply?
Bates has been test optional since 1984, and maintains that testing is not reflective of each applicant’s future success at Bates. We firmly believe in our policy and respect each student’s choice regarding the submission of test scores.  The middle 50% of those who submitted testing last year can be found here.

I haven’t received scores from the testing agency yet, but I’d like them to be considered in my application. Will this impact my application?
Application files will be reviewed through the next few months, so the sooner you can get your scores to us the better. That being said, we will make sure to update your file with your scores even if they come in after the application deadline. In addition to official test scores, we accept self-reported scores. Further details on score submission can be found here. As a reminder, Bates is a test optional school, so scores are not required!

Submitting test scores is a financial hardship for me. What can I do?
Bates will accept both official and self-reported test scores, the later of which can be sent at no cost to you. Further details on score submission can be found here.

Additional Materials

How can I submit an arts portfolio? Does my arts portfolio have to be complete for me to submit my application?
Your arts portfolio does not need to be complete in order to submit to your application to Bates. In fact, supplementary materials can be uploaded after submitting your application to Bates and receiving a PIN (via email) for online access to your Application Status Page. For more detailed guidelines as to the submission of each of these supplements, please visit here.
Students will be able to submit arts supplements after August 1, and up until the following dates:
Early Decision I: November 15, 2020
Early Decision II: January 11, 2021
Regular Decision: January 11, 2021
Transfer Applicants: March 1, 2021

I have additional documents (recommendations, etc.) that I’d like to be considered with my application. What should I do with these?
Applicants who would like to submit additional information should email their documents to admission@bates.edu. Please keep in mind that official school documents (i.e. transcripts, mid-year grade reports, etc.) must be submitted directly from the applicant’s guidance counselor/school.

I have not heard back about my requested Alumni Interview.
Alumni interviewers will be in touch as they become available in your area. Due to the high number of requests for alumni interviews, we cannot guarantee an Alumni Interview. Please know that personal interviews are not required or evaluative, and your application will receive full consideration for admission.

Financial Aid

I need to change my financial aid status. What do I do?
If you would like to change your financial aid status, please email admission@bates.edu communicating your desire to change your financial aid status. For those applying for financial aid, please find financial aid requirements here.

When will I hear back about my financial aid package?
Admitted students will receive their financial aid award letter with their letter of admission.

Paying the application fee is a hardship for me. What can I do?
Eligible students can obtain and submit a fee waiver from the Common Application, Coalition Application, ACT, College Board, or NACAC.  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 school counselor, to write on their behalf to request that the application fee be waived.  If the applicant chooses to ask a third party to write on their behalf, the applicant should 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.” Additional eligibility guidelines for use of this waiver can be found here.

The application fee is automatically waived for non-U.S. citizens applying to Bates for either first-year or transfer admission. No requests for fee waivers or additional financial documents are needed.

Admission Decision

Where can I see my admission decision?
You can view your final decision by logging into your Application Status Page.

I have been admitted to Bates. How do I make my enrollment deposit?
You can submit your enrollment deposit through your Application Status Page. You can also mail your enrollment deposit to Lindholm House at: 23 Campus Avenue, Lewiston, ME 04240. 

Paying the enrollment deposit is a hardship for me. What can I do?
If you have any concerns about paying your enrollment deposit, please email Jared Rivers at jrivers@bates.edu.