Prologue to Bates: Frequently Asked Questions

I’m interested in learning more about Prologue and/or applying…

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. You can find the schedule here.

When is the deadline to apply for Prologue to Bates?

Application deadlines are not currently set, but stay tuned! Typically applications are due in early fall.

What will my counselor need to submit for Prologue? or What do I need to submit as a counselor?

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 Please make sure it is stated clearly in their email that these documents are intended for the Prologue to Bates program.

What is the deadline for my counselor to submit my supporting materials?

Application deadlines are not currently set, but stay tuned! Typically applications are due in early fall.

When will I hear about my Prologue decision?

Stay tuned!

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’m interested in applying to Bates…

I applied to Prologue and am interested in applying for admission to Bates. 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 If you are not a citizen of the United States, you are not required to submit a fee or a fee waiver request.