Diversity Fly In Program: 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 diversity 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.

The Fall 2019 Prologue program will be Sunday, October 13 through Tuesday, October 15. The deadline to apply to apply has passed.

Immerse yourself in all Bates College has to offer with a three day visit on us! During the overnight program you will:

  • Attend a class of your choosing
  • Stay in a residential hall with current Bates students
  • Meet Bates faculty and staff
  • Tour Bates’ beautiful, 109-acre campus
  • Eat at Commons Dining Hall
  • Participate in an admission interview
  • Sit-in on an information session
  • Explore the various academic, athletic, cultural, and co-curricular opportunities offered at Bates

Prologue to Bates provides a real opportunity for students who might not otherwise visit to experience our campus and community. Please see below for a full schedule of events.

Prologue to Bates Schedule

 

Sunday, October 13

 
Morning – Afternoon Student check-in
Welcome to Bates! Check in at Lindholm House to receive your itinerary for Prologue and learn where you will be staying during your time on campus. Load up on snacks and goodies before you head out!
Lindholm House
23 Campus Avenue
2:00 – 3:00pm Campus Tour
Tour Bates’ scenic campus and learn firsthand about the colleges’ community from a current student. 
Lindholm House
23 Campus Avenue
2:00 – 5:30pm Women’s Soccer Game
Watch Bates’ women’s soccer vs. University of Maine Farmington home game. Go Bobcats! 
Soccer Field
Russell Street
5:30 – 5:35pm Prologue Welcome Address
Join your fellow Prologue attendees, members of the Bates admission staff, and current students to listen as Jared Rivers, Senior Associate Dean of Admission and Director of Diversity Enrollment, welcomes you to campus and gives an overview of the Prologue to Bates program. 
Muskie Archives
70 Campus Avenue
5:45 – 6:00pm Icebreakers
Current seniors will lead the group in a series of get-to-know-you activities. Be prepared to get goofy and share information about yourself!
Muskie Archives
70 Campus Avenue
6:00 – 7:30pm STEM Dinner
What does it mean to become a successful scientist or mathematician? 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 us for dinner and give an overview of the STEM Scholars Program at Bates. 
Commons
Bonney Meeting Room
136 Central Avenue
7:30 – 8:30pm Embassy Walkthrough
Interested in learning about the history behind each residence hall? Join students in Residence Life as they take you through an embassy walk through campus living communities. 
 
8:30 – 9:30pm Experience Student Life: 2 B.E.A.T.S Rehearsal
2 B.E.A.T.S is a hip-hop dance group make up of individuals from a broad range of dance backgrounds united in a shared passion for dance. If you’re experienced in hip-hop or just looking to try it out, this is your chance to bust a move. 
Merrill Gym
141 Russell Street
8:30 – 9:30pm Experience Student Life: Crosstones Practice
Whether you sing on stage, in the car, or in the shower, this is your chance to practice with the Crosstones, one of Bates’ most celebrated a capella groups. Students of all experience and skill levels are welcome! 
Olin Arts Center
Room 128
75 Russell Street
8:30 – 9:30pm Experience Student Life: Amandla! Black Student Union
The Amandla! Black Student Union celebrates and promotes the rich culture and history of various communities within the Africana diaspora. As part of the Bates mission, they celebrate the melting pot of diverse backgrounds and experiences through intellectual discussion and artistic expression. 
Chase Hall
Office of Intercultural Education
56 Campus Avenue
8:30 – 9:30pm Experience Student Life: Latinos Unidos
Head over to a Latinos Unidos meeting for discussion on the richness of countries in South America, Central America, and the Caribbean. Members explore the relationship that Latin American countries have with the United States at a national and Bates level. 
Chase Hall
Office of Intercultural Education
56 Campus Avenue
 

Monday, October 14

 
8:00 – 9:30am Registration
Stop by Chase Hall during this time to pick up a ticket to one of our Master Classes. No need to check in – you’re already registered. 
Chase Hall
Memorial Commons
56 Campus Avenue
8:15 – 9:15am Early Bird Tour
Early risers are welcome to tour Bates’ scenic campus and learn firsthand about the college’s community from a current student. 
Chase Hall
Memorial Commons
56 Campus Avenue
9:30 – 9:50am Welcome and Schedule Overview
Leigh Weisenburger
Dean of Admission and Financial Aid
Chase Hall
Memorial Commons
56 Campus Avenue
10:00 – 10:50am Amore ac Studio: Admission and Financial Aid Information Session
Learn about Bates’ exceptional founding, our holistic liberal arts experience, and the admission and financial aid process.
Jared Rivers
Senior Associate Dean of Admission and Director of Diversity Enrollment
TBD
11:00 – 11:50am Prologue Lunch
Come hungry, enjoy a delicious meal, and get to know your fellow Prologue attendees. You will be welcomed by Clayton Spencer, College President, and Marcus C. Bruce, Professor of Religious Studies. 
Commons
Bonney Meeting Room
136 Central Avenue
12:00 – 1:50pm Open House Programming  
2:00 – 2:50pm College Admission Workshop
Take an in-depth look at the college admission process from veterans in the admission field.
Jared Rivers
Senior Associate Dean of Admission and Director of Diversity Enrollment
Commons
Bonney Meeting Room
136 Central Avenue
3:00 – 5:00pm Admission Interviews
Participate in a one-on-one interview with a current senior or staff member at the Office of Admission. This is your chance to meet individually with a representative from the college, and let them get to know you on a personal level. Come with your questions, too! Interviews last 30 minutes. Check your packet for the specific time of your interview. 
Lindholm House
23 Campus Avenue
6:30 – 7:30pm Dinner
Join the Bates community for dinner in our award-winning Dining Commons. 
Commons
136 Central Avenue
8:00 – 9:30pm Prologue Talent Show and Dessert
Share your passions and enjoy a sweet treat during this celebration of your talents. Participation is not required, though it is highly encouraged! 
Muskie Archives
70 Campus Avenue
9:30 – 9:45pm Travel Logistics Review
Jared Rivers, Senior Associate Dean of Admission and Director of Diversity Enrollment, reviews key information on travel logistics and check out. 
Muskie Archives
70 Campus Avenue
 

Tuesday, October 15

 
8:30am Luggage Drop-Off
Please place your luggage in the Lindholm House Conference Room before enjoying a meal in the Dining Commons. All transportation to the airport or bus station will depart from Lindholm House. 
Lindholm House
23 Campus Avenue
8:30 – 10:00am Breakfast
If you haven’t tried our famous cereal wall yet, this is your chance! 
Commons
136 Central Avenue
9:00am – 3:00pm Admission Interviews
Participate in a one-on-one interview with a current senior or staff member at the Office of Admission. This is your chance to meet individually with a representative from the college, and let them get to know you on a personal level. Come with your questions, too! Interviews last 30 minutes. Check your packet for the specific time of your interview.
Lindholm House
23 Campus Avenue
  Bates College Store
Use your coupon to load up on the latest Bates gear! Garnet is a nice accent color to most wardrobes…
Bates College Bookstore
65 Campus Avenue
  Ladd Library
Need a space to work on a paper or study for a test? Head on over to Ladd Library before departing campus to get in a quick study session. Information on how to access the Bates wifi is included on the last page of your welcome booklet!
Ladd Library
48 Campus Avenue

We have provided answers to frequently asked questions about Prologue to Bates, but if you have additional questions about Prologue, please contact the Office of Admission at 1-855-228-3755 or admission@bates.edu.