Prologue to Bates

When Bates opened in 1855, it was New England’s first co-educational 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 perspectives, and engage in the transformative power of our differences. Our commitment to equity and inclusion is the guiding principle behind Prologue to Bates, a program geared towards students entering their senior year who express interest in being a part of our inclusive and pluralistic community. All seniors 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 historically underrepresented in higher education.

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

Update for 2021 Programs

Prologue to Bates will be virtual in the evening hours in two identical sessions:

Prologue to Bates I: September 22-23
Prologue to Bates II: October 20-21

The deadline to apply to Prologue to Bates 2021 has passed.

Prologue Schedule

Day 1 (Wednesday)

TimeActivity
6:00-6:10pm ETPrologue 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 Access, welcomes you to Bates and provides you with an overview of the Prologue to Bates program.
6:10-6:15pm ETMeet the President
College President A. Clayton Spencer will share a brief welcome and opening remarks.
6:15-6:45pm ETIce Breakers
Current students will lead the group in a series of get-to-know-you activities. Be prepared to get goofy and share information about yourselves!
6:45-7:00pm ETBreak
7:00-7:45pm ETStudent Panel
Join Elysia Garza ’22, Rachel Retana ’22, and Kendal Williams ’23 for a Q&A on Bates student life.
7:45-8:30pm ETCommunity Fair
Get to know staff members from the Office of Intercultural Education, Residence Life, and Athletics.
8:30-8:45pm ETStudent Performance

Day 2 (Thursday)

TimeActivity
6:00-6:15pm ETIce Breakers
Current Bates students will lead a brief ice breaker.
6:15-7:00pm ETSelective Admission Workshop
Join Jared Rivers, Senior Associate Dean of Admission and Director of Access, for a workshop on selective admission.
7:00-7:30pm ETFinancial Aid at Bates
Kevin Cusson, Assistant Director of Financial Aids, will lead a conversation on required documents, deadlines, and our commitment to meeting 100% of our students’ demonstrated financial need.
7:30-7:45pm ETFarewell

Frequently Asked Questions

When is Prologue?

Prologue to Bates will be held virtual in the evening hours of two identical sessions: September 22-23 and October 20-21. Prologue promises to be a unique and engaging two 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 Wednesday, September 15, 2021.

What will my school counselor need to submit for Prologue?

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

Who can apply for Prologue to Bates?

All seniors 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 historically underrepresented in higher education.

*Bates College defines a first-generation college student as an individual whose parents/guardians did not complete a Bachelor’s degree; or if the individual resides with and receives support from only one parent/guardian, that parent/guardian did not complete a Bachelor’s degree.

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

Yes. Any student who applied to Prologue to Bates, regardless of whether they were participated or not, is eligible for an application fee waiver. To access your fee waiver, 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 to activate the fee waiver can be found in your Prologue to Bates decision email. If you experience difficulties, contact admission@bates.edu.