Prologue to Bates

When Bates opened in 1855, it was New England’s first co-ed college. Since then, we have admitted students no matter their nationality, race religion, sex, or socio-economic status. While this openness was at the core of our founding identity and principles, it has been tested throughout time and requires us to constantly reflect upon and recommit to our mission.

At Bates, we value the diversity of persons and perspective, and engage in the transformative power of our differences. Our commitment to equity and inclusion is the guiding principle behind Prologue to Bates, a fly-in program geared towards students entering their senior year who express interest in being a part of our inclusive and pluralistic community. All students who attend high school in the U.S. and Puerto Rico are welcomed to apply, especially students who are first-generation-to-college, low-income, and/or historically underrepresented in higher education.

If you have additional questions about Prologue, please contact the Office of Admission at 1-855-228-3755 or admission@bates.edu.

Update for 2021 Sessions

This fall we will be hosting sessions in September and October. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic to determine whether or not our Prologue to Bates program will be held in-person or virtually for the fall of 2021 – details and dates will be available on our website and communicated to applicants by August 1, 2021.

The deadline to apply to Prologue to Bates is Friday, September 10. Applicants will be notified of decisions by mid-September.

Sample Schedule

Day 1 (Wednesday)

TimeActivity
6:00-6:15pmPrologue Welcome Address
Join your fellow Prologue attendees, members of the Bates Admission staff, and current students as Jared Rivers, Senior Associate Dean of Admission and Director of Diversity Enrollment, welcomes you to Bates and provides you with an overview of the Prologue to Bates program.
6:15-6:45pmIce Breakers
Current Seniors will lead the group in a series of get-to-know-you activities. Be prepared to get goofy and share information about yourselves!
7:00-7:15pmWelcome from President Clayton Spencer
7:25-8:00pmConversation with Noelle Chaddock, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion

Day 2 (Thursday)

TimeActivity
5:50-6:00pmDaily Hello
6:00-6:45pmBates College Information Session
Learn about Bates’ exceptional founding, our holistic liberal arts experience, and the admission and financial aid process.
7:00-8:00pmSTEM Scholars
What does it mean to become a successful scientist or mathematician? Are you passionate about bringing your unique perspective to science and math? Are you committed to the idea that equity and inclusion are essential in the STEM fields? April Hill, Professor of Equity and Inclusion in STEM will join for a conversation about this unique program.
8:15-9:00pmClub and Organization Hangouts
Do you sing? Whether you sing on stage, in the car, or in the shower, this is your chance to participate in a Q&A with the Crosstones, one of Bates’ most celebrated a cappella groups. Students of all experience and skill levels are welcome!
9:00-9:45pmClub and Organization Hangouts
Interested in dance? Join 2 B.E.A.T.S, a hip-hop dance club made up of a group of individuals from a broad range of dance backgrounds united in a shared passion for dance for a Q&A and a master class of a tik tok dance. If you’re experienced in hip-hop or just looking to try it out, this is your chance to bust a move.

Day 3 (Friday)

TimeActivity
5:50-6:00pmDaily Hello
6:00-7:00pmStaff Resource Panel
Join representatives from the Academic Resource Commons (ARC), Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS), and the Office of Intercultural Education (OIE) for a casual Q&A Session. Bring your questions and hear about resources available to students.
6:00-6:45pmCollege Admission Workshop
Take an in-depth look at the college admission process from veterans in the admission field.
8:00-8:45pmOur Community: A Conversation
Join Student Body Co-Presidents Perla Figuereo and Lebanos Mengistu for an open conversation around community at Bates.

Day 4 (Saturday)

TimeActivity
4:15-5:00pmFarewell: Meet with your Regional Admission Representative
What’s next?! As we wrap up our first virtual Prologue to Bates, we invite you to meet with your regional admission representative and learn about ways to stay connected.
5:15-6:00pmExperience Student Life
Bates students are known for their engagement outside of the classroom. Hear from students about their participation in a variety of clubs and organizations, and get a sense of what you might get involved with in college.

Frequently Asked Questions

When is Prologue?

This fall we will be hosting sessions in September and October. We will continue to monitor the COVID-19 pandemic to determine whether or not our Prologue to Bates program will be held in-person or virtually for the fall of 2021 – details and dates will be available on our website and communicated to applicants by August 1, 2021.

Regardless of the format, Prologue promises to be a unique and engaging few days of conversation and community. Together, we’ll talk about pro tips for the college application and financial aid processes, connect you with current Bobcats so you can get a sense of what being a student at a school like Bates could be like, and introduce you to our awesome faculty who are excited to have you in our academic environment. 

When is the deadline to apply for Prologue to Bates?

Applications are due by Friday, September 10. Applicants will be informed of decisions by mid-September.

What will my counselor need to submit for Prologue?

We request a transcript and school profile. Counselors can upload these documents in the form that is sent to them following submission of the student portion of the application. In the event that a counselor is unavailable to submit these documents, other school personnel (i.e. guidance office receptionists, college counseling staff, etc.) can submit these documents by emailing them to admission@bates.edu. Please make sure it is stated clearly in their email that these documents are intended for the Prologue to Bates program.

Who can apply for Prologue?

All students who attend high school in the U.S. and Puerto Rico are welcomed to apply, especially students who are first-generation-to-college*, low-income, and/or historically underrepresented in higher education. The committee also prioritizes individuals who have not been to campus.

*Neither parent graduated from a four-year college/university.

I applied to Prologue and am interest in applying for admission to Bates College. Do I qualify for a fee waiver?

Yes. Any student who applied to Prologue, regardless of whether they were admitted or not, is eligible for an application fee waiver. To access your fee waiver, please select “Bates Fly-In Program” under the prompt “Do you intend to use one of the school-specific fee waivers?” in your application. The necessary code can be found in your Prologue to Bates Decision email. If you have trouble finding your email, please contact us at admission@bates.eduIf you are not a citizen of the United States, you are not required to submit a fee or a fee waiver request.