Frequently Asked Questions
How to Connect
Can I visit campus?
We are welcoming a limited number of registered visitors for guided Campus Tours. Under guidance from public health officials, and to protect the safety of our community, visitors must register for an official campus visit and comply with our Bates Admission Visitor Agreement. We cannot accept walk-ins at this time. We look forward to greeting you and sincerely thank you for your cooperation!
To register for a campus visit click here.
What types of live virtual events do you have?
We have a lot going on! To register for any of the below click here.
- Campus tour: student-led, authentic journey through the YouVisit virtual tour.
- Information Session: foundational information on the college, along with admission and financial aid tips.
- Bobcat Chats: casual panels around various themes.
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 representative. We’ll also be attending virtual high school visits; see the locations and times on our Bates Visits You page.
Are there other things I should explore?
Dates for upcoming standardized tests have been cancelled. Will Bates be flexible about testing when I apply?
Application files are reviewed over several 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 on our website.
As a reminder, 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.
My high school is switching to Pass/Fail grades. Will this affect how Bates evaluates my application?
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.
I’m worried about financing my college education.
Bates is committed to meeting 100 percent of students’ demonstrated financial need through a combination of grant aid, student loans, and student employment. Bates awards approximately $34 million in grant aid each year, and about half of enrolled students receive financial aid. In fact, the average financial aid package for the Class of 2023 was $47,051, and the average federal student loan debt for the Class of 2019 was $13,552 — less than half the national average. Please visit our Financial Aid page for more information.
Application Materials and Deadline
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 email email@example.com for additional assistance.
Do all supporting materials have to be in by the application deadline? (Recommendations, Transcripts, etc.)
All supporting materials should be submitted by November 15 for ED I applicants or January 10 for ED II or RD applicants. 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 reflected in your portal. Thank you for your patience.
In addition, while we require two 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
What if circumstances beyond my control (public health crises, natural disasters, etc.) have affected my ability to submit my application before the deadline?
The Office of Admission wishes all those affected by 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 are eager 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 email@example.com communicating your intent to apply as well as a description of your difficulties. Each inquiry will be addressed on an individual basis.
My mid-year grades will not be available by the February 15 deadline. What should I do?
Rest assured, we understand that many schools’ internal deadlines may not align with our own. If formal mid-year grades are not available by February 15, please have your school counselor send a progress report of your grades thus far. We look forward to receiving your grades when they become available. Items can be sent electronically.
I have some questions that are very specific to me and my application.
Should I submit my test scores?
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 on our optional testing page.
I will take and/or receive my standardized test scores after the application deadline. 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. 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.
Does Bates “superscore”?
Yes! We will consider your best section scores from the SAT or the ACT.
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, 2021
Early Decision II: January 10, 2022
Regular Decision: January 10, 2022
Transfer Applicants: March 1, 2022
When will I hear 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 regardless.
How can I see how much Bates might cost?
We recommend starting with the MyinTuition College Cost Estimator which just takes a few minutes! Bates meets 100% of demonstrated need for admitted students regardless of citizenship status. We provide more than $37 million in grant aid to our students every year, and the average financial aid award, including grant, loan and work, is $51,099. The average federal student loan debt for Bates students who graduated in 2019 was $13,552 – less than half the national average.
I need to change my financial aid status. What do I do?
When will I hear back about my financial aid package?
Admitted students with complete financial aid applications will receive their financial aid award letter with their letter of admission.
Does applying for Early Decision affect my financial aid package? Will my financial aid package be different if I apply Early Decision or Regular Decision?
No. If you are admitted to Bates through Early Decision, you will receive a financial aid package that is comparable to what you would receive as a student admitted through Regular Decision. Financial aid awarding is not dependent upon admission round.
Application Status Page & Admission Decision
Where can I see my admission decision?
You can view your admission decision by logging into your Application Status Page.
How do I check the status of my application?
Applicants can see the status of their application materials, including the 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 reflected in your portal. Thank you for your patience.
I’m having trouble logging into my Application Status page. What do I do?
You are able to reset your password using your email address and date of birth on the login page. If you are still experiencing trouble logging in, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 barrier for me. What can I do?
If you have any concerns about paying your enrollment deposit, please email Jared Rivers at email@example.com.
When do I need to enroll by?
The deadline to accept your Regular Decision offer of admission is May 1, 2021. The deadline to accept your Transfer offer of admission is May 20, 2021.
Where can I learn more about Bates!?
The Admitted Student page is a great starting point! Here you’ll find more information about the college, upcoming events exclusively for admitted students and families, and ways to connect with the Bates community. We also encourage admitted students to join The Den (see below).
What is The Den?
The Den is our official admitted student network, and one stop shop for all things Bates. On The Den you will be able to see and register for exclusive admitted student events, search for and chat with other admitted students, current students, faculty, staff, and alumni, join groups based on your academic and extra curricular interests, and dive deeper into the Bates experience with pre-Orientation resources.
How do I log onto The Den?
A registration link was sent to all enrolled and admitted students on Monday, March 15. You are also be able to access the registration link on your Application Status Page.
What email address should I use to log into The Den?
When you get to the landing page that says “Welcome to the Bates Community!”, click on the large grey button that reads “Email” and use the email you applied to Bates with to register. Do not select “LinkedIn” or “Bates Student Login”.
What if I forget my Den password?
Go back to the same Den registration link (available in your email or on the Application Status Page), and click on “forgot password or create new password”.
I have questions about my financial aid award. Who should I reach out to?
Please reach out directly to Student Financial Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-786-6096.
I am interested in taking a Gap Year. What is the process?
Though the June 1 deadline to request a gap year has passed, we recognize that this has been an exceptional year for high school seniors and perhaps particular challenges made it difficult to plan for a gap year until now. As such, we will review late gap year proposals on a case-by-case basis over the course of the summer in an effort to fully support all future Bates students. Should you have any questions please reach out to us at email@example.com. You can learn more about the gap year process here.
How do I accept my place on the wait list at Bates?
By May 1, Log into your Bates Application Status page and accept your offer to remain on the wait list. The deadline to accept your place is May 1 for first-year applicants, and May 20 for transfer applicants.
Can I update my application?
While we do not require additional materials, you are welcome to send one email with updates and have your most recent transcript submitted to the Office of Admission. First-year applicants should write to firstname.lastname@example.org, and transfer applicants should write to email@example.com. At this stage, interviews are unavailable.
Can I visit Bates to inform my decision on whether or not to remain active on the wait list?
Due to the evolving COVID-19 public health situation, in an effort to ensure the health and safety of our community and visitors, Bates College has suspended all admission activities including campus tours and information sessions through the month of May. If you would like to stay current on Bates’ response to COVID-19, please refer to the college’s dedicated website addressing this matter.
Are students ranked on the wait list?
No. Bates does not rank active students on the wait list.
How are students selected for admission from the wait list?
If space in the class remains after May 1, the Admissions Committee will undertake a holistic review of applications and select students based upon academic preparation, involvement and impact, interest in Bates, and on occasion, financial need.
When is the earliest that I might hear an update about admission from the wait list? When is the latest?
Any wait list activity typically occurs after the universal Candidate Reply Date of May 1. The Admissions Committee makes every effort to notify active wait list candidates by June 30. August 1 is our final notification date.
How many students are offered admission from the Wait List?
Every year is different. The Admissions Committees has extended as low as zero to an average of seventeen offers of admission from the wait list in the last five years. At this time, the Office of Admission cannot estimate how many students will remain active on the wait list this year. On average, 680 students remained active on the Bates wait list for each of the last five years.
If offered a place at Bates, how much time will I have to decide?
Active students on the wait list need to be prepared to accept an offer of admission to Bates on a very short timeline, usually within 48 hours.
Can students admitted from the wait list receive financial aid?
Bates College will meet the calculated need for those wait list candidates who are offered admission. Please ensure that your financial aid paperwork is in order by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Will students admitted from the wait list be eligible for on-campus housing?
Yes. On-campus housing is guaranteed for four years at Bates.
Should I pay an enrollment deposit elsewhere even if Bates is my first choice?
Yes. Accept one offer of admission and enroll with a deposit (usually non-refundable) by May 1 as the final outcome of your wait list status at Bates cannot be predicted.
What should I do if Bates College offers me admission after I’ve paid a deposit to another institution?
If you decide to accept an offer of admission from Bates later, you must immediately notify the institution to which you have secured a place of your withdrawal and likely forfeit your enrollment deposit.
How can I get to know Bates a little better?
Here are some resources that will be helpful to you as you continue to explore!
- Live Virtual Events including Virtual Admission & Financial Aid Information Sessions and Live Guided Tours
- Bates College YouTube including recorded Bobcat Chats, Bates College Class of 2025 Events and Voices from the Class of 2020
- Virtual Tour
- On Demand Information Session
- Bates News
- Bates College Instagram
- Explore Pages