Prologue to Bates: Frequently Asked Questions

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

When is the deadline to apply for Prologue
to Bates?
The deadline to apply for our 2019 Prologue program has been updated to Friday, September 6.

When is Prologue?
Prologue will be held from Sunday, October 13 through Tuesday, October 15.

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?
Counselors should submit their materials by Friday, September 6. 

When will I hear about my Prologue decision?
Notifications will be made available to students by Tuesday, September 17.

Who can apply for Prologue?
Prologue to Bates is an open house program geared toward serving first-generation-to-college* students and/or students coming from diverse backgrounds. Prologue to Bates is open to all rising high school seniors; however, the committee prioritizes the selection of students from historically under-represented backgrounds such as African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic and Latino, Alaskan and Native American and first-generation-to-college students. The committee also prioritizes individuals who have not been to campus.

*Neither parent graduated from a four-year college/university.

Can a parent/guardian attend Prologue with me?
Unfortunately we are unable to support parents or guardians. While your parent(s) or guardian(s) may travel with you to campus, the college will not subsidize or provide travel or accommodations. Programming is geared toward Prologue attendees. 

I applied for a travel scholarship; will Bates cover all of my expenses?
Bates will cover your airplane or bus ticket to campus and we will provide transportation to and from the airport or bus station to campus. We also provide housing, a mattress, linens, as as well as all meals. You may want to bring pocket money for the bookstore or for when you are traveling.

I’ve been accepted for Prologue…

What do I do now?

  • Please fill out the Prologue Attendance Confirmation Form so that we know you are coming!
  • Remind your parent/guardian to complete our Overnight Code of Conduct and Release form which was emailed directly to them. We’ll need to have this in hand by Wednesday, October 9.
  • Discuss the program and the dates that you will be missing school with your high school counselor and teachers to make sure that there are no academic conflicts. We want you to be able to enjoy your time on campus and not worry about high school!
  • Get excited. Prologue is a great way to know a school and some other incredible people. Check out the schedule for this year here.

When will I know about my travel details?
After you are notified of your acceptance, you will need to fill out your Prologue Attendance Confirmation form which will ask you some travel-specific questions. For students who applied for a travel scholarship, you will receive a travel itinerary from Dube Travel containing details (you might need to check your spam for this!). We will likely arrange for your travel to Bates to take place Sunday morning and your return trip from Bates to take place in the afternoon on Tuesday. Please note that students attending school in New England will be transported by bus or train.

I did not ask for a travel scholarship for myself. Can I still get one?
Please contact us at about travel scholarships if you did not already apply for one. We may still be able to accommodate your request.

What will the weather be like?
Fall in New England is beautiful, but it can be a little chilly for students visiting from warmer parts of the country. While we cannot predict the weather for a particular weekend, we recommend that you prepare for some chillier weather (please see recommendations below). 

What should I bring?

  • Clothes for three (potentially chilly!) days including: jacket, warm layer (sweatshirt/sweater), pants/jeans, warm hat, close-toed shoes, and a rain jacket or umbrella.
  • Hygiene products: toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, etc. You may also want to bring along shower shoes (aka flip flops).
  • Bath Towel.
  • Spending money for travel snacks or the college store.
  • Anything that might make you more comfortable!

If you don’t have cold weather items, please just email a few days before arriving and we’ll provide those things for you!

What will Bates provide?

  • A current student who will serve as your host
  • Mattress, pillow, and linens
  • Unlimited meals
  • Interesting programming!

What will we be doing?

Check out the schedule of events here!

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.