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 the 2020 Prologue to Bates program is Sunday, September 6.

When is Prologue?

Due to the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will be unable to host Prologue to Bates on campus. Programming for Prologue 2020 will be held virtually – details and dates will be available on our website and communicated to applicants by August 1, 2020. For more information on Bates’ plans for the fall, please see our dedicated Fall 2020 webpage.

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 Sunday, September 6. 

When will I hear about my Prologue decision?

Notifications will be made available to students by mid-September.

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.