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You have an exciting year ahead of you. And while we would love nothing more than to welcome you to campus, we are unable to host guests as we work to ensure a safe on-campus spring semester for our students and community*. We know there is much you still need and want to know about Bates, and we’re working hard to bring as much information as possible online to you and your family. Check back often. We’re creating new content regularly to help answer your questions and create opportunities to connect you with the Bates community and your future classmates.

*See our Frequently Asked Questions page for more information

“It’s super exciting to have new Bobcats on campus. I’m kind of the first person in the line of everybody who’s welcoming them today.”
— Admission tour guide Ronan Goulden ’22, an environmental studies major from Lagunitas, Calif., standing outside of Chase Hall, where newly admitted members of the Class of 2023 arrived and departed for a series of events, including an official welcome from President Clayton Spencer.

Emily Bowen, other tour guide in headband;
Abby Graumann ‘22, holds master class won.
EXDS s21. Life Architecture: Designing Your Future Work.

Visit to class held on the historic Quad by podcaster Megan Tan.

Everyone works, whether for pay or for pleasure, in public or in private, with gusto or with dread. This course supports students as they prepare for a lifetime of work by encouraging consideration of the philosophical components of their plan including identifying and developing personal attributes correlated with career well-being, exploring the context of vocational decision making, and contemplating how meaning and purpose can be infused into any work. They also consider the pragmatic components, discussing how mentors can be cultivated, how jobs are best secured, and the practical considerations that can hold people back from realizing their visions. Not open to First-Years or Sophomores New course beginning Short Term 2016. Enrollment limited to 30. (Purposeful Work.) Normally offered every other year. Rebecca Fraser-Thill, Director of Program Design, Purposeful Work, Lecturer in Psychology
“It’s super exciting to have new Bobcats on campus. I’m kind of the first person in the line of everybody who’s welcoming them today.”
— Admission tour guide Ronan Goulden ’22, an environmental studies major from Lagunitas, Calif., standing outside of Chase Hall, where newly admitted members of the Class of 2023 arrived and departed for a series of events, including an official welcome from President Clayton Spencer.

Emily Bowen, other tour guide in headband;
Abby Graumann ‘22, holds master class won.

Summer Updates

This summer you will begin to receive key information from your deans and staff in Student Affairs regarding your Bates email, housing, course placement and registration, and much more. We know you are eager to embark on this next step of your Bates journey, and we appreciate your patience in the coming months. Below you will find a rough timeline for summer communications:

  • May: Garnet Gateway account authorization, Bates email
  • June: ID photo, AESOP Orientation trip application, immunization and health insurance information
  • July: First Year Seminar information and registration, housing and roommate selection
  • August: academic advisor outreach and course selection, mailbox information, campus safety and contact information, academic schedules

In the meantime, we encourage you to explore the Orientation page and the 2021-2022 Residential Calendar for a preview of what is to come!

The Den

To help you get to know what makes Bates special and a great fit for you, we’ve set up a community of current students, faculty, staff, and alumni that are waiting to connect and chat with YOU! It’s all part of our brand new admitted student platform, The Den.

The Den is easy to use and will serve as your one stop shop for all things Bates:

  • See and register for exclusive admitted student events
  • Search for and chat with other admitted students
  • Search for and chat with current students, faculty, and staff
  • Join groups based on your academic and extra curricular interests
  • Dive deeper into the Bates experience with pre-Orientation resources

An invitation to The Den has been sent to all admitted students, and a link is accessible on your Application Status Page.

Connect With Us

Connect with us anywhere, any time!

Bates has a history of trying to do right by the community. This year our faculty, staff, students, and current families have made sacrifices so that students could have a safe in-person learning experience. It hasn’t been easy, but it has been working. We are so proud of what we have accomplished. With the finish line of Commencement in sight, we have made the difficult decision to continue to keep campus closed to all visitors until the school year has ended. We know how much an in-person campus visit can mean when deciding on a college, and we are sorry not to be able to offer in-person experiences this year. However, we hope that this decision gives you a sense of how we try to live our values. When you are a part of the Bates community, we will do everything in our power to make sure you will have the best possible experience. We are grateful for your understanding, and we look forward to connecting with you!

To your right, you will find a multitude of ways to connect with our students and staff, as well as the Bates Class of 2025 Facebook group.

Recordings of past events will be posted to our Class of 2025 Events YouTube playlist.

Information on events for all virtual visitors, including information sessions, campus tours, and student-led Bobcat Chats, can be found on our main Visit page.

Admitted Student Event Schedule:

Sunday, March 21, 7:00pmWelcome from College President A. Clayton Spencer
Thursday, March 25, 7:00pmAdvice from Bates Graduates
Monday, March 29, 7:00pmHo(ME) Bound: Excitement and Fears about Coming to Bates
Tuesday, March 30, 7:00pmStudent Experience: On and Off Campus
Thursday, April 1, 7:00pmFinding Purpose: What can you do with a Bates degree?
Monday, April 5, 7:00pmBates Club Showcase
Tuesday, April 6, 7:00pmAsk Me Anything: Bates Faculty
Wednesday, April 7, 8:00amBobcat Chat: The International Student Experience
Thursday, April 8, 7:00pmEquity, Access, and Social Justice at Bates
Monday, April 12, 7:00pmBobcat Nation: Bates Athletics
Tuesday, April 13, 7:00pmAcademic Spotlight: The Natural Sciences & Mathematics
Thursday, April 15, 7:00pmSustainability, Community Engaged Learning, and Global Education
Monday April 19, 7:00pmBates Club Showcase
Tuesday, April 20, 7:00pmAcademic Spotlight: The Arts & Foreign Languages
Thursday, April 22, 7:00pmBobcat Support Network
Monday, April 26, 7:00pmBobcat Chat: But, why Bates?
Tuesday, April 27, 7:00pmAcademic Spotlight: The Social Sciences & Humanities
Thursday, April 29, 7:00pmAsk Me Anything: Bates Admission Leaders
Please note that all times are in Eastern Time (ET)


Over the next few weeks we look forward to getting to know you and your student, and answering your questions.

For the next five weeks, faculty, staff, and students will be hosting nearly 30 events covering a range of topics. Your student can register for events on The Den, our network exclusively for admitted students to connect with Bates faculty, staff, students, and alumni. A list of parent/guardian specific events and registration is below. You may register to join by clicking “Register here”. You may also be interested in joining the Bates Class of 2025 Families Facebook group; event recordings will be posted here!

Sunday, March 21, 7:00pmWelcome to the Class of 2025! with College President Clayton Spencer
Join us on Zoom
Wednesday, March 31, 8:00pmBates Parent Panel
Sunday, April 11, 7:00pmAsk Me Anything with Bates College Leadership
Wednesday, April 14, 8:00pmAsk Me Anything with Bates Admission & Financial Aid
Please note that all times are in Eastern Daylight Time (EDT)

Opening Doors

“Nothing opens doors and prepares us for success in life and work like the Bates liberal arts experience.”


Bates students tend to be up for just about anything. It’s a good thing we have about three dozen majors and two dozen minors.

Some are liberal-arts classics (history, mathematics, philosophy). Some are STEM-focused (neuroscience, engineering, geology). Many draw from more than one discipline (American cultural studies, environmental studies, biochemistry, gender & sexuality studies). And some won’t exist until you invent them — by designing your own major with the help of a faculty mentor.

Life on Campus

You’ll have many chances to dive into the unexpected at Bates.

Learn to surf with the Outing Club or perform a spoken-word piece at the weekly Village Club Series showcase. Test your technical skills with the High-Altitude Ballooning Club. Or your sense of rhythm with the Bollywood Dance Team. Find your zen through Yoga Kula and practice mindful meditation with the Multifaith Chaplaincy.

With nearly 100 student-run clubs, you’re sure to find something of interest. What you won’t find are fraternities or sororities. We’ve never had them. Never will.

Virtual Campus Tour

We think visiting campus is a great way to get to know Bates, but we recognize that not everyone can visit — so we’re bringing a little bit of Bates to you!

Virtual Tour

Where You’ll Live

With a combined population of about 60,000, Lewiston and its twin city of Auburn offer the best of both worlds: A safe, close-knit community and a vibrant downtown.

Inside former factories that once powered the industrial revolution, you’ll find startups and brewpubs. Lisbon Street, Lewiston’s downtown shopping district, has cafes, bike shops, and galleries, all within minutes of campus. 

While many families who live here have French Canadian roots, more than 34 languages are spoken in the halls of Lewiston High School. Lewiston enjoys a growing community from Somalia, Togo, and other African nations, as well as many other new Americans.

For arts lovers, L/A offers a professional theater company, a film festival, museums, and an underground music scene.

Outdoor lovers will fully appreciate that L/A is nestled in the Androscoggin River valley with easy access to the lakes, mountains, and the ocean that Maine is known for. Bates even has its very own conservation area on the coast, just a short drive from campus.

In other words, you could find many ways to get involved and make a difference here — and L/A could make a difference for you.

Purposeful Work

When you understand what drives you to learn, grow, and thrive, you’ll have a more satisfying relationship with work throughout your life. That’s the idea behind Purposeful Work at Bates.

Most colleges offer career counseling and help with job applications. Our Center for Purposeful Work goes way beyond jobs or careers. We focus on the whole person — your beliefs, your strengths, your interests — and infuse concepts of meaningful work into all aspects of your time at Bates.

With each new Purposeful Work experience, you’ll consider whether a given role feels right for you, and why. By the time you graduate, you’ll have a clear idea of the values you want reflected in your life after college. And you’ll have a professional network and the practical experience to help you make it happen.

Next Steps

You’ll find Bates alumni across the world and around the corner. They’re building a new learning community in Vietnam, running an organic egg farm Vermont, serving in Congress, launching tech startups in New York, and inventing new molecules with pharmaceutical promise.

2019 Outcomes:

99% of new graduates are settled in a job, graduate school, fellowship, internship, or other opportunity within six months of graduation.

100% of Class of 2019 graduates who applied were accepted to law school.

83% of students and alumni who worked with the Medical Studies Committee were accepted to medical school.

100% were accepted to dental school.

21 earned prestigious Fulbright fellowships. Bates has been a top producer of Fulbright awards for a decade, including No. 1 rankings in 2017-18 and 2019-20.

Puddle Jumpers

Are you brave enough to make the leap? You have an opportunity each January to join your classmates in Bates’ own version of a polar plunge.

Hear From Our Community

Hear from Bates students, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Advice for Incoming Students

Vanessa Paolella ’21and Guiding the Student Newspaper during Crisis

MLK Day at Bates

and yet, we persist: a documentary from Dance 253 on dance and life at Bates