Updates

  • Hold the Door
    Courtesy is indeed common at Bates. We believe our liberal arts experience opens doors of opportunity for all our students.
  • and yet, we persist: a documentary from Dance 253
    Take an inside look into how Bates Dance is moving through these challenging times. Hear from our dancers on how they are adapting, growing, creating art, and building community this semester. Student PerformersMichelle Desjarlais ’22Brit Seipp ’21Eric Gredonia ’21Claire Kaminski ’24Isabel Honigman ’22Ellie Friends ’21Talia Kurlansky ’22 Full Repertory: Dance 253 Bates College Fall 2020 Module BBrian J Evans, Assistant Professor & Lead FacultyCarol Dilley, Professor…
  • Spotify playlists curated by Bates students
    Check out these playlists curated by Kian Moaledj ’23, Max Friedenwald-Fisherman ’21, and Anna Truman-Wyss ’21 for three quintessential Bates experiences: Early Morning Commons: A mix of mellow and upbeat songs to start your day! Listen before your 8 a.m. or while you’re unwinding in Commons, in between trips to the cereal wall. Late Night Ladd Library: Need a study break? Here are some ~chill~…
  • ‘So, are you really Test-Optional?’ Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Leigh Weisenburger weighs in.
    Because Bates is in its fourth decade of a test-optional admission policy, we are getting more questions than ever from students, parents, guardians, counselors, and our colleagues in admission who are moving test-optional. Learn more about why Bates has been test-optional for 36 years, what the data shows, and how the pandemic has provided a needed push for institutions in moving the conversation forward.
  • Navigating the New Normal of Optional Testing
    Bates Dean of Admission and Financial Aid moderates this conversation organized by the College Guidance Network.
  • Interview with a Clam Digger
    Interested in a deeper dive into academics at Bates? Listen to this podcast created by Bates student Natalie Moon ’21 for her Science Communication course (Bio 126).
  • Early Decision II and Regular Decision Deadlines Moved to January 11
    This year has presented great challenges to prospective college students, their families, and the counselors who support them. In recognition of these extraordinary circumstances, Bates has moved our Early Decision II and Regular Decision application deadlines to Monday, January 11, 2021.  Additionally, Bates is test-optional and has been for over 35 years! We also offer application fee waivers if needed and waivers for a second…
  • Message for Students and Educators Affected by COVID-19
    The Bates Office of Admission wishes all those affected by recent natural disasters and extenuating circumstances — including the COVID-19 public health situation — a quick and safe recovery as you return to school and work. We know that many students’ and educators’ personal and academic lives have been disrupted by the events, and we want to work with you to ease the pressures to…
  • Bobcat Chat: The Bates Student Experience, Episode 3
    Hear from current ‘Cats about why they chose Bates, what they’re studying, how they spend time outside of the classroom, and why they think this place is special.
  • Bobcat Chat: Faculty Edition, Episode 2
    Bates faculty are known for being talented, honest, and accessible. Learn more about their areas of expertise, their research, and their connection with students.
  • Bobcat Chat: Career Development and Purposeful Work
    Interested in why Bates is getting national attention for how we are preparing students for life after college? Join us for a session on the Center for Purposeful Work, our unique spin on career development in a liberal arts environment. Panelists will discuss internships, infusion courses, job shadows, and share helpful information about outcomes.
  • Bobcat Chat: Arts Edition
    Gain a deeper understanding of the Arts at Bates through a conversation focusing on academic and extra curricular offerings and connections with our community. Topics covered include The Bates Museum of Art, Dance, Music, Studio Art, Theater, Writing, and more!
  • Bobcat Chat: Athletics Edition, Episode 3
    Interested in athletics? Join coaches and student athletes for a conversation around our leagues, competing at Bates, and managing academics and athletics.
  • Bobcat Chat: The Bates Student Experience, Episode 2
    Interested in getting a better understanding of the Bates student experience? Join current students as they share more about their academic and extra curricular journeys, support systems, favorite Traditions, and why they chose Bates. They’ll also share some words of wisdom for the college application process!
  • Bobcat Chat: Faculty Edition
    Join three Bates professors for an honest and engaging conversation about their areas of expertise, their academic philosophies, and what makes the Bates classroom experience special.
  • Bobcat Chat: Athletics Edition, Episode 1
    Interested in athletics? Join coaches and student athletes for a conversation around our leagues, competing at Bates, and managing academics and athletics.
  • Bobcat Chat: The Bates Student Experience, Episode 1
    Interested in getting a better understanding of the Bates student experience? Join current students as they share more about their academic and extra curricular journeys, support systems, favorite traditions, and why they chose Bates.
  • Bobcat Chat: Financial Aid
    Join Director of Student Financial Services Wendy Glass to learn more about our financial aid philosophy and practice. PanelistsTyler Lussier, Associate Dean of AdmissionWendy Glass, Director of Student Financial Services TimestampsNeed-Based Financial Aid: 1:56Merit-Based vs. Need-Based Financial Aid: 3:35Financial Aid Requirements: 5:28Financial Aid Model for Domestic vs. International Students: 7:03Deadlines: 7:54Aid Packages: 9:49What is Work Study?: 12:47Loans: 15:18How to learn more: 17:23MyinTuition College Cost Estimator:…
  • Bobcat Chat: Sustainability Edition
    Stewardship of the wider world is woven into the Bates experience. Hear from community members about how Bates continues to lead conversation and action about sustainability in higher education. We’ll also touch on how we’ve reached our goal of being one of only seven colleges in the country to go Carbon Neutral!
  • Bobcat Chat: Community Engagement, Episode 1
    Interested learning more about Bates and how we connect with our surrounding community? Staff and students who engage with the nationally recognized Harward Center for Community Partnerships speak to community engaged learning, the Bonner Leader program, anti-racism work, and how our location makes Bates unique. Tyler Lussier, Associate Dean of Admission Leigh Weisenburger, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid Darby Ray, Director, Harward Center for…