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 to Prologue to Bates is Friday, September 11, and applicants will be notified of their decision by Friday, September 18.

When is Prologue?

Due to the impact of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we will be unable to host Prologue to Bates on campus. However, in lieu of you coming to us, we are looking forward to bringing Bates to you through a variety of dynamic programming on the following dates:

  • Session One: September 23rd through September 26th
  • Session Two: October 21st through October 24th (dates subject to change)

Though everything will be completely online, 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.

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?

We ask that all supporting materials be in by Friday, September 11.

When will I hear about my Prologue decision?

Notifications will be made available to students by Friday, September 18.

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.