Prologue to Bates
Since its inception in 1855, Bates College has been committed to the ideals of inclusion and egalitarianism. Celebrated as one of the first U.S. institutions of higher learning to admit women and people of color, Bates is recognized for its inclusive social character and progressive tradition. 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 our 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.
Due to the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will be unable to host Prologue to Bates on campus. However, in lieu of you coming to us, we are looking forward to bringing Bates to you through a variety of dynamic programming on the following dates:
- Session One: September 23rd through September 26th
- Session Two: October 21st through October 24th
Though the everything will be completely online, Prologue promises to be a unique and engaging few days of conversation and community. We are excited to connect with you! You can find a schedule below.
The deadline to apply for Prologue to Bates has passed. If you applied, you will be notified of our decision after October 16. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions can be found here.
Session Two Schedule: October 21st through October 24th
Day 1 (Wednesday)
|6:00-6:15pm||Prologue 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.
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!
|7:00-7:15pm||Welcome from President Clayton Spencer|
|7:25-8:00pm||Conversation with Noelle Chaddock, Vice President for Equity and Inclusion|
Day 2 (Thursday)
|6:00-6:45pm||Bates College Information Session|
Learn about Bates’ exceptional founding, our holistic liberal arts experience, and the admission and financial aid process.
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.
|8:15-9:00pm||Club 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!
|9:00-9:45pm||Club 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)
|6:00-7:00pm||Staff 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.
|6:00-6:45pm||College Admission Workshop|
Take an in-depth look at the college admission process from veterans in the admission field.
|8:00-8:45pm||Our Community: A Conversation|
Join Student Body Co-Presidents Perla Figuereo and Lebanos Mengistu for an open conversation around community at Bates.
Day 4 (Saturday)
|4:15-5:00pm||Farewell: 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.
|5:15-6:00pm||Experience 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.
If you have additional questions about Prologue, please contact the Office of Admission at 1-855-228-3755 or firstname.lastname@example.org.