Open Houses at Bates

Bates welcomes prospective students, family, counselors, and friends to join us on campus. Our schedule is intentionally flexible, and allows visitors to pick and choose what they would like to attend. Come for one program, or come for them all—how you spend the day is up to you!

We suggest that guests park in the lot behind Merrill Gym, located at 141 Russell Street. Accessible parking locations can be found here. More information on parking, directions, and accommodations can be found here.

Our next Open House will be held on October 14, 2019. If you have not done so already, please register below.

Schedule for 2019 Fall Open House

8:00 – 9:30 a.m. Registration: Welcome to Bates!
Caffeinate and grab a bite to eat before a busy day exploring the College. Admission staff will be available to offer advice on how to structure your day.
Chase Hall
Memorial Commons
56 Campus Avenue
8:15 – 9:15 a.m. Early Bird Tour
Early risers are welcome to tour Bates’ scenic campus and learn firsthand about the College’s community from a current student. 
Chase Hall
Memorial Commons
56 Campus Avenue
9:30 – 9:50 a.m. Welcome and Schedule Overview

Leigh A. Weisenburger 
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
Chase Hall
Memorial Commons
56 Campus Avenue
10:00 – 10:50 a.m. Amore ac Studio: Admission & Financial Aid Information Session
Learn about Bates’ exceptional founding, our holistic liberal arts experience, and the admission and financial aid process.

Jared Rivers
Senior Associate Dean of Admission and Director of Diversity Enrollment
Olin Arts Center
Concert Hall
75 Russell Street
10:00 – 10:50 a.m. Master Class #1: Improvisational Techniques to Enhance Creativity,  Collaboration, Leadership, and Learning
This is an experiential master class where you will be on your feet exploring the fundamental skills of improvisation that are fundamental for the 21st century regardless of what degree you may be pursuing in the future. Trust, spontaneity, accepting offers, listening and awareness, storytelling and non-verbal communication will be focused upon in various theater/improvisational exercises. We will also discuss logical extensions of how improv is related to presentation skills, teamwork, coaching, and idea generation.

Tim Dugan
Assistant Professor, Theater
Chase Hall, Second Floor
Skelton Lounge
56 Campus Avenue
10:00-10:50 a.m. The Power of Alignment: Purposeful Work at Bates and Beyond
Aligning who you are with what you do is at the heart of the Bates experience. Find out how the Purposeful Work program facilitates this process as students maximize their time in and out of the classroom, find meaning, and launch their careers after Bates. During the session, you’ll also have the opportunity to test drive our philosophy by reflecting on your own sense of alignment! 

Allen Delong
Senior Associate Dean, Purposeful Work and Career Development

Rachel Forcillo ’18
Coordinator of Operation, Marketing, Outreach, Purposeful Work 
Muskie Archives
70 Campus Avenue
11:00-11:50 a.m. Lunch
Join the Bates community for lunch in our award-winning Dining Commons.
Commons
136 Central Avenue
11:00-11:50 a.m. Campus Tour
Tour Bates’ scenic campus and learn firsthand about the College’s community from a current student.
Lindholm House
23 Campus Avenue
11:00-11:50 a.m. Master Class #2: Psychology and the Law
In the American criminal justice system, the administration of justice is influenced by a broad range of variables, many of which have been the subject of empirical research in social and cognitive psychology. This course examines how psychological research informs the dialogue surrounding controversial issues in the criminal justice system. In this particular class, we will focus on how mistaken eyewitness identifications contribute to miscarriages of justice.

Amy Bradfield Douglass
Professor, Psychology
Hedge Hall
Room G18
7 Andrews Road
12:00 -12:50 p.m. Emancipating Potential: The Bates Student Experience
Bates students are known for their openness and engagement. Hear from current students about why they chose Bates, and how they engage.
Olin Arts Center
Concert Hall
75 Russell Street
12:00 -12:50 p.m. Educating the Whole Person: Arts Tour
Celebrate and learn more about the arts at Bates by taking a guided tour through our arts facilities with a current student.
Olin Arts Center
Lobby
75 Russell Street
12:00 -12:50 p.m. Master Class #3: The Physics of Sports 
Concept of Newtonian physics are developed through the study of motions associated with a wide range of sports activities. Experiments, problem solving, simulations, and video analysis are integrated into this master class.  

John Smedley
Professor, Physics
Carnegie Science Center
Room 328
44 Campus Avenue
1:00 – 1:05 p.m. Indigenous Peoples’ Day: Five minutes of silence
Please join the Bates community in five minutes of silence to recognize the People of the Dawnland, the Wabanaki Tribes of Maine: Passamaquoddy, Penobscot, Abenaki, Micmac, and Maliseet. See the More to Explore page for more planned events on campus to promote learning and awareness about indigenous peoples, the historical wrongs committed against them, and their various forms of resistance. 
 
1:05 – 1:50 p.m. Lunch
Join the Bates community for lunch in our award-winning Dining Commons.
Commons
136 Central Avenue
1:05 – 1:50 p.m. Campus Tour
Tour Bates’ scenic campus and learn firsthand about the College’s community from a current student.
Lindholm House
23 Campus Avenue
1:05 – 1:50 p.m. Educating the Whole Person: Athletics Tour
Tour Bates’ athletic facilities and learn more about fitness and wellness along with recreational and competitive college athletics.
Merrill Gymnasium
141 Russell Street
1:05 – 1:50 p.m. The Wider World: Study Abroad and International Opportunities 
Over sixty percent of Bates juniors study off-campus for a semester or the year. Learn about the various off-campus opportunities and how off-campus study can expand intellectual and personal development

Darren Gallant 
Associate Dean and Director, Center for Global Education
Benjamin Mays Center
95 Russell Street
2:00 – 2:50pm Farewell Gathering
Have any last questions? Want to meet your admission representative? Join the Office of Admission for ice cream and conversation before hitting the road.
Pettengill Hall
Perry Atrium
4 Andrews Road
3:00 – 3:50pm Campus Tour
Tour Bates’ scenic campus and learn firsthand about the College’s community from a current student.
Lindholm House
23 Campus Avenue

If you or someone in your party will require some type of accommodation during your visit (e.g. wheelchair, hearing aid, etc.), please contact the Office of Admission at 1-855-228-3755 at least one full week prior to the event so that the appropriate arrangements can be made.

"The best part about most days is talking to students and parents and seeing how excited they get when they hear about unique Bates traditions."
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-- Admission Summer Intern Zach Collester, a neuroscience major from Doylestown, Pa., takes a question at the end of an Admission tour that returns to Lindholm House on Campus Avenue. 

Kathryn Weidmann '19 of Milton, Mass., an admission summer intern and double major in history and psychology, leads an admission tour across the Historic Quad.