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.

For reference, please view the Schedule for the August Open House below.

Schedule for August Open House

8:45 – 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.
Pettengill Hall
Perry Atrium
4 Andrews Road
9:30 – 9:50 a.m. Welcome and Schedule Overview
Pettengill Hall
Perry Atrium
4 Andrews Road
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.
Commons
Bonney Meeting Room
136 Central Avenue
10:00-10:50 a.m. Emancipating Potential: Harward Center’s Panel on Community Engagement
Hear from local community partners and current students as they explain how they work together to create real change in the local area. 
Olin Arts Center
Concert Hall
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.
Pettengill Hall
Perry Atrium
4 Andrews Road
11:00-11:50 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 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!
Pettengill Hall
Room G52
4 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. Sustainability for the Future: Community Garden Tour
Join the Bates Sustainability Office for a tour through our student-run garden. Learn about our organic farming practices and how we incorporate the produce into student meals. Walking tour, meet outside Schaeffer Theater.
Schaeffer Theater
329 College Street
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.
Pettengill Hall
Perry Atrium
4 Andrews Road
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.
Commons
Bonney Meeting Room
136 Central Avenue
2:00 – 2:50pm Farewell Gathering
Have any last questions? Want to meet your admission representative? Join the Office of Admission for some summer treats and conversation before hitting the road.
Kalperis Hall
The Treehouse
65 Campus Avenue
3:00 – 3:50pm Campus Tour
Tour Bates’ scenic campus and learn firsthand about the College’s community from a current student.
Pettengill Hall
Perry Atrium
4 Andrews Road

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.