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!

Below, please find the schedule of events for our upcoming Open House. All guests will be provided with a printed schedule and map upon arrival.

We suggest that guests park in the lot behind Merrill Gym, located at 141 Russell Street, which is a ten minute walk from Registration in Pettengill Hall, located at 4 Andrews Road. Accessible parking locations can be found here. More information on parking, directions, and accommodations can be found here.

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Monday, October 8, 2018 Schedule

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 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
Benjamin Mays Center
95 Russell Street
10:00-10:50 a.m. Master Class #1*: Slavery’s Shadow on an Abolitionist College
Bates College was founded by abolitionists like Oren Cheney, but the money from Benjamin Bates came from textiles made from slave-grown cotton. How could an abolitionist accept money tied to slavery? As we will see, the question is not an easy one. And then what does this ambiguous past mean for our understanding of Bates College in the present? Here, too, the answers are not simple. An hour won’t be enough for hard questions about power, justice, and the past, but maybe it’s a taste of what the next four years hold.
Joseph Hall, Associate Professor, History
Hedge Hall
Room G18
7 Andrews Road
10:00-10:50 a.m. A College for the Coming Times: Staff Panel
Hear from our colleagues across campus, as they explain all of the resources available for students.
Ellen Alcorn
Assistant Director, Community-Engaged Learning Program and Director, Bonner Leader Program
Celine Cunningham
Senior Associate Director of Athletics and Senior Woman Administrator
Allen Delong
Senior Associate Dean for Purposeful Work and Career Development
Julisa De Los Santos
Director and Associate Dean for the Office of Intercultural Education
Douglas Morency
Director of Security and Campus Safety
Olin Arts Center
Auditorium
75 Russell Street
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 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, Department Chair, 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 on campus and in the Lewiston community.
Areohn Harrison ’20, Rockville, MD
Ned Moreland ’19, Monkton, MD
Afia Sekyere ’20, Tampa, FL
Anna Setzer ’19, Chapel Hill, NC
Lydia Sullivan ’20, Yarmouth, ME
Olin Arts Center
Auditorium
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*: Musical Acoustics: The Science of Sound
Musical acoustics is a multi-disciplinary exploration of vibration, sound, hearing, music theory and musical instruments. This Master Class includes a presentation of the major themes, followed by hands-on exploration using sound measuring equipment and computer simulations.
John Smedley, Professor, Physics
Carnegie Science Hall
Room 328
44 Campus Avenue
1:00 – 1:50 p.m. Lunch
Join the Bates community for lunch in our award-winning Dining Commons
Commons
136 Central Avenue
1:00 – 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
1:00 – 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
1:00 – 1:50 p.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.
Johanna Seltzer ’03
Senior Associate Dean of Admission and Director of Communication and Outreach
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 fall treats 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

*What is a Master Class? Master classes are sample classes taught by Bates professors and modeled after First Year Seminars. To mimic a Bates classroom, we invite prospective students to join us and cap the classroom size. Tickets to attend a Master Class may be picked up at registration.

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.