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. Answers to Frequently Asked Questions can be found here. Prologue to Bates for the Class of 2025 is complete; the application for next years Prologue will be live in June.

Session Two Schedule: October 21st through October 24th

Day 1 (Wednesday)

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)

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)

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)

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.

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